SOFTBALL HOSTS THE BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP; OPENS TOURNEY PLAY WEDNESDAY AT 9 AM

SOFTBALL HOSTS THE BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP; OPENS TOURNEY PLAY WEDNESDAY AT 9 AM

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BIG SKY TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
• Sacramento State will host the six-team Big Sky Conference Tournament at Shea Stadium from May 8-11. The tournament, which is a double elimination format, features four games on Wednesday, three games on Thursday, two on Friday, and one on Saturday. There is a chance that two games are played on Saturday if necessary.
• The Hornets are hosting the postseason event for the first time since the Big Sky began sponsoring softball in 2013. Sacramento State earned the right to host the tournament by winning last season's conference regular season title.
• Six of the league's seven teams qualify for the Big Sky Tournament, and the winner of the postseason event earns the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals. Sacramento State won last year's Big Sky Tournament title and qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
• Seeds for this year's tournament are as follows: No. 1 Weber State (14-2 in league play), No. 2 Idaho State (10-7), No. 3 Montana (10-8), No. 4 Sacramento State (9-8), No. 5 Portland State (8-9) and No. 6 Northern Colorado (5-12).
• The Hornets needed to win just one of their games over the weekend at Idaho State to assume the No. 2 seed, but were swept in three games by the Bengals. It marked the first time Sacramento State had been swept in a three-game series by a Big Sky team since 2016.
• The Hornets are the only team in the conference that has qualified for every Big Sky Tournament (2013-pres.). And the team's No. 4 seed is the lowest for the program since the 2013 squad also was the No. 4. Sacramento State was the No. 3 seed or higher every year from 2014-18.
• The four games on Wednesday include No. 4 Sacramento State vs. No. 5 Portland State at 9 a.m., followed by No. 3 Montana vs. No. 6 Northern Colorado at 11:30 a.m., followed by No. 1 Weber State taking on the winner of Sacramento State/Portland State at 2 p.m., and No. 2 Idaho State facing the winner of the Montana/Northern Colorado game at 4:30 p.m. Both Weber State and Idaho State received first round byes by virtue of being the top two seeds in the tournament.
• On Thursday, the Game 2 loser will face the Game 3 loser at 11 a.m., followed by Game 1 loser vs. Game 4 loser at 1:30 p.m., and the Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner at 4 p.m. Two games will take place on Friday (1:30 p.m., 4 p.m.), and the championship game will be Saturday at 11 a.m. If necessary, there is a chance a second game would need to be played on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
• Sacramento State will be seeking its second consecutive Big Sky Tournament title, and second straight NCAA Regional appearance. Prior to last year's championship, the Hornets had not won a conference title or advanced to the NCAA Regionals since winning the Pacific Coast Softball Conference championship in 2008.
• The host of the tournament has won the Big Sky's postseason event just once (Weber State did in 2016). Portland State won in 2013, Southern Utah in 2014, Weber State in both 2015 and 2016, Montana in 2017, and Sacramento State in 2018. Idaho State hosted the first three years (2013-15), Weber State hosted each of the last three years (2016-18).
• Of this year's Big Sky Tournament field, only Northern Colorado and Idaho State have yet to win a tournament championship. Each of the other four teams have claimed at least one championship.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• Free live video streams will be available for every game of the tournament via www.watchbigsky.com and Pluto TV channel 231. In addition, Saturday's game(s) will be televised to a national audience on Eleven Sports.
• Eleven Sports can be found on DirecTV channel 623, and U-Verse channel 1665.
• Live stats will be available for every game of the tournament at www.bigskystats.com.
• All hyperlinks to the multimedia options can be found next to the games on the softball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.

HORNETS AT THE BIG SKY TOURNAMENT

• Sacramento State is the only team in the conference to have qualified for the Big Sky Tournament all seven years of the event.
• The Hornets are the No. 4 seed for the second time (2013, 2019). Sacramento State was the No. 1 seed in 2018, the No. 2 seed three straight years from 2014-16, and the No. 3 seed in 2017.
• Sacramento State is 8-10 all-time in Big Sky Tournament play, including 2-0 in last year's rain shortened tournament in Ogden, Utah. Those two victories came against Montana (W, 7-3) and Northern Colorado (W, 3-0).
• Sacramento State in the tournament: 0-2 in 2013, 1-2 in 2014, 2-2 in 2015, 2-2 in 2016, 1-2 in 2017, and 2-0 a year ago.
• Sacramento State is 1-6 all-time against Idaho State in postseason play, and 7-4 against the rest of the conference.
• All-time Big Sky Tournament records vs. this year's participants: 2-0 vs. Montana, 2-0 vs. Northern Colorado, 0-2 vs. Weber State and 1-6 vs. Idaho State. Sacramento State will be playing Portland State on Wednesday for the first time ever in Big Sky Tourney play.

THIS YEAR VS. THE TOURNAMENT FIELD

• This season, Sacramento State is 7-7 against the tournament field, including 3-0 vs. both Montana and Northern Colorado, 1-2 vs. Portland State, 0-2 against Weber State, and 0-3 vs. Idaho State.
• The Hornets went 4-2 at home vs. those teams, and 3-5 on the road.
• Sacramento State is 10-11 all-time against Weber State, and 6-3 when playing the Wildcats at home.
• The Hornets are 9-23 all-time vs. Idaho State, and have never won a season series against the Bengals since the Big Sky began playing softball in 2013. Dating back to last year, the Hornets have lost five straight to the Bengals. The Hornets are 2-8 when playing Idaho State at home.
• Sacramento State is 14-4 all-time against Montana. That includes a 7-2 mark when playing the Grizzlies at home, including a three-game sweep earlier this season.
• In the Hornets' longest rivalry against any team in the Big Sky, Sacramento State is 52-23 all-time vs. Portland State. Since the Big Sky began sponsoring softball in 2013, the Hornets are 16-5 against the Vikings, including a 10-2 mark when playing at Shea Stadium.
• Sacramento State is 21-4 against Northern Colorado, including a three-game sweep in Greeley earlier this season. The Hornets have won eight straight games against the Bears at Shea Stadium.

EIGHT HORNETS NAMED ALL-LEAGUE; CORR PITCHER OF THE YEAR

• Eight Sacramento State softball players received some form of all-Big Sky Conference recognition, highlighted by senior Savanna Corr being named the league's Pitcher of the Year. Sacramento State has now claimed the Big Sky's Pitcher of the Year award five of the last six years (Celina Matthias in 2016 and 2018, Caitlin Brooks in 2014 and 2015).
• Three Hornets - pitcher Savanna Corr, first baseman Krystal Aubert and outfielder Nene Alas - were named to the first team. Corr and Alas were just two of three players from the entire conference to be unanimously selected to the first team.
• The Hornets' lone choice to the second team was outfielder Suzy Brookshire, who was named first team after both her freshman and sophomore seasons. Brookshire has 11 home runs this season, and a program-record 44 during her three-year career.
• Sacramento State had four players named honorable mention all-league, including second baseman Katie Vretzos, shortstop Shea Graves, third baseman Sydney Rasmussen and outfielder Brianna Bowers. Three of the four are underclassmen, including sophomore Vretzos, and freshmen Graves and Bowers. Both Graves and Bowers are true freshmen.
• The eight selections for Sacramento State are the most for the program since the 2015 squad placed nine players on the all-league team.