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SACRAMENTO -- One day after being named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, Sacramento State senior first baseman Krystal Aubert received USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week accolades.

The national award is the first for a Sacramento State player in recent memory, as Aubert helped lead the Hornets to a 5-0 record last week, including a three-game sweep at Northern Colorado.

The first baseman hit .692 (9-for-13) with six runs, four walks, a double, three home runs and eight RBIs over five games. She homered in all three games of the Northern Colorado series and reached base safely in a program-record 10 consecutive plate appearances. Aubert homered in her final at-bat in the first game of the series, then reached base safely in all five plate appearances in Game 2, and all four plate appearances in Game 3.

She hit safely in all five games during the week, while also scoring at least one run and connecting for at least one RBI in four of the games.

Aubert now has a team and Big Sky-high 13 home runs, tied for the third best mark in Sacramento State single-season history. In 11 conference games, she is batting .500 (18-for-36) with 12 runs, three doubles, seven home runs and 16 RBIs. She also has a 1.222 slugging percentage and .581 on-base percentage in league play.

In Game 1 at Northern Colorado, her solo home run in the seventh inning broke a 5-5 tie in the Hornets' eventual 6-5 win, and she finished 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. In Game 2, a 12-9 Hornet win, she scored what proved to be the game-winning run while finishing 3-for-3 with three runs, two walks, a homer and four RBIs. In Game 3, Aubert was 2-for-2 with a run, double, homer, two walks and an RBI.

In the Hornets' doubleheader sweep at Saint Mary's on Tuesday, the Orangevale, Calif., native combined to go 2-for-4 with a run scored. That included a pinch-hit RBI-single in the seventh inning that helped the Hornets overcome a two-run deficit in an eventual 5-4 nine-inning win.

Sacramento State (27-18, 8-3) has won five straight, and 10 of its last 11 games, and currently sits in second place in the Big Sky standings. The Hornets host a three-game series against Portland State later this week. The two teams play a doubleheader on Friday at noon, followed by a single game on Saturday at noon.