SACRAMENTO -- For the second straight week, third time in the four weeks, and 10th time in her career, Sacramento State right-hander Celina Matthias has been named the Big Sky Conference's Pitcher of the Week.
The fourth-year senior helped the Hornets to a 2-1 series win over North Dakota after pitching in all three games. The victories allowed Sacramento State (27-16, 12-6) to move into a tie for first place in the Big Sky Conference standings with Weber State. Only three conference games remain on the regular season for both teams, and those will come this Friday and Saturday.
Matthias finished the week with a 1-1 record, one save, two complete games, a 0.88 ERA and limited the Fighting Hawks to a .125 opponents batting average. Matthias was dominant in all three appearances (two starts, one in relief), allowing just seven hits and two runs with 18 strikeouts in 16 innings. Of those seven hits, only two went for extra bases, and she allowed one run or less in all three outings.
That included Saturday's 4-1 victory in which she yielded just five hits and one run with four strikeouts over seven innings pitched. Perhaps her best performance of the week came in the Hornets' 1-0 loss in Friday's opener. In that game, Matthias allowed just one hit with three walks and 11 strikeouts. That one hit was a solo home run in the second inning to Kaylin VanDomelen.
In the team's 4-2 victory in the second game of Friday's doubleheader, Matthias picked up her fifth save of the year after allowing one hit with three strikeouts in two innings.
Matthias continues to have an incredible season as she is now 17-7 with five saves and a 1.96 ERA. In 175.1 innings, she has 185 strikeouts and opponents are hitting just .204 when she's in the circle. She has allowed two runs or less in nine straight, and 14 of her last 15 appearances.
Among Big Sky leaders, she ranks first in wins, ERA, opponents batting average, strikeouts, appearances (35) and innings pitched (175.1).
The Hornets will play three road games at Montana this week, and Weber State will host three games against Northern Colorado. Should the two teams finish the regular season tied atop the conference standings, Sacramento State will get the tiebreaker based on taking two of three earlier this year at Weber State. The winner of the regular season championship will host next year's Big Sky Tournament. Weber State will host this year's postseason event.