SOFTBALL RELEASES 2020 SCHEDULE, HORNETS TO PLAY 25 HOME GAMES

SOFTBALL RELEASES 2020 SCHEDULE, HORNETS TO PLAY 25 HOME GAMES

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State seventh-year head coach Lori Perez announced the program's 2020 schedule today, which is highlighted by a pair of home tournaments and a total of 25 games at Shea Stadium.

The regular season schedule includes 54 games, comprised of 25 at home, 14 on the road and 15 on neutral fields. Some highlights include the Hornets hosting the season-opening NorCal Kickoff (Feb. 7-9) and the Capital Classic (Feb. 28-March 1). In addition, the team will host Cal on March 18, and Stanford for a doubleheader on April 14.

Sacramento State is coming off back-to-back 30-win seasons, including last year's team that went 31-25 overall and 9-8 in the Big Sky Conference.

Overall, the Hornets will play teams from 15 different states, including 11 teams from California, three from Utah, and two each from Idaho, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Sacramento State will leave the area for trips to Los Angeles, Lake Elsinore, Fullerton, Missoula, Mont., Cedar City, Utah and Portland, Ore.

Sacramento State will play six teams that qualified for last season's NCAA Regional field, including Stanford, Boise State, Cal State Fullerton, Boston, Harvard and Weber State.

Similar to last season, Sacramento State will play 18 Big Sky Conference games with the usual three-game series running on Fridays (doubleheader) and Saturdays (single game) between March 20 and May 2. The regular season will be followed by the Big Sky Tournament (May 6-9) which will take place in Ogden, Utah.

The Hornets open the season by co-hosting the NorCal Kickoff with UC Davis from Feb. 7-9. Eight teams will take part in the three-day event, with nine games being played at Shea Stadium. Sacramento State opens against Cal Baptist on Feb. 7 at 11:30 a.m., and will also face Saint Mary's, Boise State, UC Santa Barbara and Santa Clara during tournament play.

Sacramento State will then compete at the Golden State Classic in Lake Elsinore (Feb. 14-16), and the LMU Tournament in Los Angeles (Feb. 21-23). After a home date with rival UC Davis on Feb. 26, the Hornets will co-host the Capital Classic with UC Davis from Feb. 28-March 1. Seven teams will compete over three days with nine games begin played at Shea Stadium. Sacramento State will host Utah State, Texas State, Saint Mary's, UConn and Santa Clara.

After a road game at UC Davis on March 3, the Hornets play their final two non-conference tournaments in Reno (March 6-8) and Fullerton (March 13-15). After a home game against Cal on March 18, the Hornets begin Big Sky play on March 20 when they open a three-game home series vs. Weber State. Other Big Sky three-game series include Idaho State and Northern Colorado at home, and Southern Utah, Montana and Portland State on the road.

Sacramento State's bye weekend from conference play is April 10-11, and the Hornets will host non-conference doubleheaders against Stanford on April 14 and Saint Mary's on April 21.

The Big Sky Tournament will take place May 6-9 in Ogden, Utah. The top six teams in the conference qualify, and the winner of the Big Sky's postseason event will secure the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Hornets last qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2018 after winning the Big Sky's regular season and tournament titles.

NOTES -- The Hornets return 14 players from a year ago, including five positional starters and three pitchers…among those returners are three players who received honorable mention all-conference accolades a year ago - outfielder Brianna Bowers, shortstop Shea Graves and second baseman Katie Vretzos…one of the returners is Mo Spieth who missed the majority of last season with a knee injury. Prior to getting injured, in 12 games, Spieth was batting .394 (13-for-33) with eight runs, three doubles, three home runs and 13 RBIs…Sacramento State welcomes 10 newcomers, including nine freshmen and a sophomore transfer from San Jose State (Carley Morfey)…despite finishing near the .500 mark in Big Sky play a year ago (9-8), the Hornets are still a combined 75-41 in league during head coach Lori Perez's head coaching tenure…for the third straight year, Sacramento State's coaching staff includes Perez as head coach, associate head coach Vicky Rios and assistant coach Danielle Kaminaka…Perez is in her seventh year as head coach and Kaminaka her seventh as an assistant with Perez.