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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State fifth-year softball head coach Lori Perez announced the program's 2018 schedule today.
The regular season schedule includes 54 games, comprised of 23 at home, 20 on the road and 11 at neutral sites. The Big Sky Conference Championship, which is hosted by the league's regular season champion, will take place May 10-12, followed by NCAA Regionals on May 18-20.
Sacramento State will play teams from 12 different states, including 10 California teams and three from New York. The Hornets will hop on a plane for trips to Palm Springs, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Montana.
Sacramento State will host a season-opening tournament Feb. 9-11 that also features Cal, UC Santa Barbara and Santa Clara. In fact, the Hornets will host the Golden Bears on both Saturday and Sunday. The last time Sacramento State hosted Cal on a weekend was March 30, 2013, when a record crowd of 1,212 fans watched the teams battle at Shea Stadium.
The Hornets will also co-host a tournament with UC Davis on March 16-18 with Sacramento State hosting four games on the 17th. Two of those four games will see the Hornets take on UC Davis and Pacific. The matchup against the Aggies will mark the only time the two Causeway rivals will face each other during the season.
In all, Sacramento State will play five more home games than a year ago, including a home doubleheader against Stanford on Thursday, Feb. 22. The two teams have not faced each other since 2011, and the Hornets have not hosted Stanford since a 3-0 Cardinal win in 2008.
Of the Hornets' 33 non-conference games, 14 will come at home. Sacramento State will compete at the five-game Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs during the second week of the season followed by the home doubleheader against Stanford on Feb. 22. After playing a three-game series (March 3-4) at CSU Bakersfield, the Hornets will host Wagner for the first time in a doubleheader on March 6 followed by a five-game tournament hosted by New Mexico in Albuquerque on March 9-11.
The Nor Cal Challenge (March 16-18), a new tournament co-hosted by Sacramento State and UC Davis, will see the Hornets play Fairleigh Dickinson and Santa Clara in Davis on the 16th, followed by the games against Pacific and UC Davis at home on the 17th. The Hornets travel back to Davis for the finale of the five-game tournament against Santa Clara on the 18th.
After playing Cal for the third time, this time on the road on March 21, Sacramento State finally opens the Big Sky Conference portion of the season on the road at Northern Colorado on March 23-24.
Once again, during conference play, the Hornets will play 21 games, consisting of three-game series against the Big Sky's other seven teams. Sacramento State will play four of those three-game sets on the road, and three at home. All seven series will consist of a doubleheader on Friday followed by a single game on Saturday.
The Hornets' first six conference games are on the road at Northern Colorado (March 23-24) and defending Big Sky regular season champion Weber State (March 30-31). The Hornets will then begin a stretch that will see the team play 12 of their next 15 games at home, including a three-game set with Portland State (April 6-7) followed by a single game against non-league foe Santa Clara on April 11.
After playing a three-game road series at Idaho State on April 13-14, the Hornets begin a season-long eight-game homestand that includes a doubleheader with Saint Mary's on April 18, and three-game series against both Southern Utah (April 20-21) and North Dakota (April 27-28). The double dip against Saint Mary's is the final non-conference games of the season. Sacramento State concludes the regular season with a three-game series at defending Big Sky Tournament champions Montana on May 4-5.
NOTES -- The Hornets, who finished last season with a 21-28-1 overall record and a 10-10 mark in the Big Sky, return 14 players, including seven positional starters and three pitchers…among the returners are three position players that received all-league recognition a year ago, a list that includes second baseman Zamari Hinton, outfielder Suzy Brookshire and third baseman Mo Spieth…Sacramento State also welcomes three newcomers, including Washington transfer Krystal Aubert…despite going 10-10 in league last year, Sacramento State still has a combined Big Sky record of 52-26 during Perez's four-year tenure as head coach.