SOFTBALL PLAYS FINAL CONFERENCE SERIES THIS WEEK AT IDAHO STATE

SOFTBALL PLAYS FINAL CONFERENCE SERIES THIS WEEK AT IDAHO STATE

Sacramento State Game Notes (pdf)
Big Sky Conference standings

QUICK HITS

• Winners of two straight, and 12 of the last 15 games, Sacramento State (29-20, 9-5) will play its final three-game Big Sky Conference series of the season later this week at Idaho State (17-25, 7-7). The Hornets and Bengals will play a doubleheader Friday at 1 p.m. PDT, and a single game on Saturday at noon PDT. Video of the games will not be offered, but there will be live stats.
• Both the Hornets and Bengals have already clinched spots in next week's Big Sky Tournament, which will take place Wednesday through Saturday at Shea Stadium on the Sacramento State campus.
• Sacramento State currently sits in second place in the conference standings, two games ahead of both Portland State and Idaho State, who are both 7-7. Weber State (12-1) has already clinched the Big Sky's regular season title and will host next year's Big Sky Tournament.
• To clinch the No. 2 seed, and a bye in the first round of next week's Big Sky Tournament, the Hornets need to win two games at Idaho State, or win once at Idaho State and see Portland State lose at least one game in its three-game home set vs. Weber State.
• This year's Big Sky Tournament will feature six teams playing over four days from May 8-11. Five teams - Weber State, Sacramento State, Portland State, Idaho State and Montana - have already clinched spots. Northern Colorado and Southern Utah are battling for the sixth and final spot.
• The Hornets are 10-5 in true road games, including a 3-2 record against Big Sky opposition. Two weeks ago, Sacramento State swept a 3-game set at Northern Colorado.
• In their latest game, the Hornets beat UC Davis at home on Tuesday by a 6-1 score.
• Idaho State has played just eight games at home all season, and the Bengals are 6-2 in those matchups, including a 3-2 mark against Big Sky opposition. Last week, Idaho State took two of three games at Southern Utah.
• The Hornets are 9-20 all-time against Idaho State, and have yet to win a season series against the Bengals since Big Sky play began in 2013. Last year, the Hornets dropped two of three in Pocatello.
• Sacramento State continues to lead the Big Sky in ERA (2.83) and opponents batting average (.247). The Hornets easily lead the league in ERA as the next closest team (Montana) has a 4.14.
• Leading the way in the circle is senior Savanna Corr, who paces the Big Sky in numerous categories, including wins (19), ERA (2.17), opponents batting average (.190) and strikeouts (145). Corr is 19-10, and needs just one more win to become the fifth Hornet in the Div. I era (1990-pres.) to win 20 games in a season. The others are Susie Bugliarello (1995, 1997), Celina Matthias (2016, 2018), Tami Blunt (1993) and Amy Day (1992). Both Bugliarello and Blunt were All-Americans.
• First baseman Krystal Aubert leads the Big Sky with 13 home runs, and is tied with teammate Suzy Brookshire with 36 RBIs. Aubert is averaging one home run every 10.8 at-bats. Brookshire is second in the league with 10 home runs, and is averaging one homer every 15.6 at-bats.
Nene Alas continues to lead the Big Sky with 38 runs scored, and leads the Hornets with a .361 batting average and .466 on-base percentage. In 74 opportunities leading off an inning this year, she has reached base safely 32 times, good for a 43% success rate.
• On Tuesday, Katie Vretzos, who has hit safely in four straight games, recorded her first collegiate home run. Vretzos is a sophomore after playing last season at the University of San Diego.
• True freshman Brianna Bowers is hitting .341 overall, and .432 against Big Sky opposition which is the sixth best mark in the league. She has played in all 14 of the Hornets' conference games, and has hit safely in 13 of those contests.
Suzy Brookshire has recorded multiple-hit games in five of the last eight, lifting her batting average to .295, tied with Katie Vretzos for the fourth best mark on the team.