For the second time this season, and ninth time in her career, Sacramento State senior right-hander Celina Matthias was named the Big Sky Conference Pitcher of the Week. Matthias factored into all three wins of a series sweep against conference opponent Southern Utah.
Overall, Sacramento State went 3-2 during the week, which included a pair of non-conference losses to Saint Mary's on Wednesday before sweeping Southern Utah on Friday and Saturday. The Hornets (25-15, 10-5) sit all alone in second place in the Big Sky standings, one game behind Weber State (11-4) with six conference games remaining.
Matthias, who also earned the Big Sky's weekly award two weeks ago, went 2-1 with a save and a 1.50 ERA last week. In 18.2 innings, she allowed just 13 hits and four runs with a massive 27 strikeouts. In fact, she had a 5.4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (27 strikeouts, five walks) while limiting the opposition to a .197 batting average.
In five appearances (two starts, three in relief), Matthias allowed two runs or less in all five outings. In four of those appearances, she allowed one run or less. The Elk Grove, Calif., native had at least eight strikeouts and threw a complete game in both of her starts.
She factored into all three of the Hornets' wins during the Southern Utah series, securing two victories and a save. That included a 3-2 win on Friday in which she allowed just five hits and two runs with 11 strikeouts in seven innings. In her other start, a 1-0 loss to Saint Mary's on Wednesday, Matthias allowed just five hits and one run with a walk and eight strikeouts.
She earned her second win of the week in relief in a 3-2 eight-inning victory against Southern Utah, pitching the final two innings while striking out three. Matthias entered the game in the sixth inning of Saturday's 2-1 win over Southern Utah, allowing just a hit with four strikeouts over two innings to notch her fourth save of the season.
In addition, Matthias started in the batting order for the first time all season, and went 3-for-8 with a double and a run scored during the Southern Utah series.
This season, she is now 16-6 with four saves and a 2.11 ERA. In 159.1 innings, she has struck out 167 batters and opponents are hitting just .211 when she is in the circle.
Sacramento State will play its final three home games of the season later this week when the Hornets host North Dakota (21-22, 7-5) for a three-game series. The Hornets and Fighting Hawks will play twice on Friday at noon, followed by a single game on Saturday at noon. Matthias and fellow seniors Zamari Hinton and Marissa Maligad will be honored prior to Saturday's game for their contributions to the program.
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