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SOFTBALL TRAVELS TO WEBER STATE FOR SECOND WEEK OF CONFERENCE PLAY

SOFTBALL TRAVELS TO WEBER STATE FOR SECOND WEEK OF CONFERENCE PLAY

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• Entering its second week of Big Sky Conference play, Sacramento State (17-14, 2-1) will make its first league road trip when the team travels to Ogden, Utah, for a three-game series at Weber State. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday at 1 p.m. PDT, followed by a single game on Saturday at 11 a.m. PDT.
• The Hornets and Wildcats were selected to finish first and second, respectively, in the Big Sky preseason coaches poll. Either Sacramento State (2018) or Weber State (2017, 2016) has finished atop the Big Sky final regular season standings each of the last three years.
• The two teams were tied atop the conference standings last year with 14-7 conference records, but Sacramento State won the tiebreaker by virtue of taking two of three games in Ogden.
• The Hornets began conference play last week by taking two of three games over Southern Utah. That series concluded a season-long 10-game homestand and Sacramento State has played 18 of its first 31 games at home.
• In fact, this week's series will mark just the fifth, sixth and seventh games the Hornets have played on an opponent's home field this season. Sacramento State is 3-1 in true road games this year, and 2-7 when playing on a neutral field.
• Weber State (9-17 overall) began its conference season by winning its two games at Northern Colorado. The third game of the series was canceled because of rain.
• In a series littered with close games, Sacramento State is 10-9 all-time against Weber State.
• Five of the last six meetings (dating back to 2016) between the two teams have been decided by one run. That includes 4-3 scores in all three games a year ago in Ogden, with the Hornets winning two.
• Since the Big Sky added softball in 2013, the Hornets are 4-4 on the road at Weber State.
• This week's series will feature the Big Sky's best pitching team (Sacramento State 2.53 ERA) against the league's top hitting team (Weber State .297 batting average).
• Not only do the Hornets easily boast the top ERA in the Big Sky, the team's pitchers take up the top three spots in the league in ERA - Savanna Corr 1.94, Danielle Sperry 2.02, Jensen Main 2.62.
• The Hornets have allowed three runs or fewer in 11 of their last 14 games, and haven't given up more than four runs in each of the 14 games during that span.
• The 2.53 team ERA is the 51st best mark in the nation among the 295 Div. I playing schools.
• Five Hornets have current hitting streaks of at least three games, including Shea Graves (4), Katie Vretzos (4), Sydney Rasmussen (3), Sydnee Strong (3) and Brianna Bowers (3).
• The Hornets have played 19 straight games without starting first baseman Mo Spieth, who injured her knee on Feb. 24 vs. Loyola Marymount. There is no time table for her return. Prior to the injury, Spieth was hitting .394 with three homers, three doubles and 13 RBIs in 12 games.
• Outfielder Nene Alas ranks among the Big Sky's top five players in 10 offensive categories, including first in runs (27) and stolen bases (11), and fourth in batting average (.368). In 42 at-bats leading off an inning, she has reached base safely on 21 of those occasions.
• Dating back to last year, left-hander Danielle Sperry has won each of her last nine decisions. She is 5-0 with a 2.02 ERA this year, and finished 4-1 in 2018, winning each of her last four decisions.
Krystal Aubert has hit safely in six of her last seven games, lifting her batting average to .312. Over that seven-game span, she is batting .480 (12-for-25) with three doubles, two homers and seven RBIs.
• The Hornets are 13-2 when leading after the third inning, and 12-3 when scoring first.
• Since Lori Perez took over as head coach in 2014, the Hornets are 68-34 in Big Sky play, and have one first place finish (2018), three second place finishes (2014-16) and a third place finish (2017).