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BERTUCCIO NAMED BIG SKY PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR THE THIRD TIME

BERTUCCIO NAMED BIG SKY PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR THE THIRD TIME

SACRAMENTO -- After a pair of dominant performances in the circle, Sacramento State junior Marissa Bertuccio has been named the Big Sky Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Today marks the third time she was won the award this season, and seventh time in her career.

The right-hander led the Hornets to a 2-1 home series win over Portland State, tossing a pair of shutouts against the Vikings. The Merced, Calif., native threw a six-hit shutout on Friday, and followed that with a four-hit shutout on Saturday.

In 14.0 innings, Bertuccio had a 0.00 ERA and allowed 10 hits (eight singles) with no runs, three walks and 13 strikeouts. Portland State batters hit just .196 while she was in the circle, and Bertuccio allowed only two runners past second base.

In Saturday's 4-0 win, Bertuccio yielded just four hits (all singles) in seven innings with a walk and four strikeouts. She retired 14 batters in a row at one point during the game, and did not allow a PSU runner past second base.

In Friday's 2-0 win, she allowed six hits with two walks and a season-high tying nine strikeouts.

Bertuccio has been dominant this season, as she is now 14-4 with a 2.07 ERA with 109 strikeouts in 121.2 innings. In conference play, she is 3-1 with a 1.35 ERA, compiling 23 strikeouts in 26.0 innings.

Sacramento State (20-15) returns to action on Wednesday for a doubleheader at Nevada. First pitch is 1 p.m.