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SOFTBALL PLAYS A PAIR AT NEVADA ON WEDNESDAY, ON BYE FROM BIG SKY PLAY

SOFTBALL PLAYS A PAIR AT NEVADA ON WEDNESDAY, ON BYE FROM BIG SKY PLAY

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WEEKLY PREVIEW
• Sacramento State (20-15) will take part in its lightest week of the season as the Hornets will play just two games. Both games will take place on Wednesday on the road at Nevada (9-26) for a doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m.
• The Hornets are on a bye from Big Sky Conference play this week, and for the first time all season, will not play any weekend games.
• Sacramento State opened the Big Sky portion of the schedule two weeks ago, and has posted 2-1 series victories at Idaho State, and most recently, at home vs. Portland State.
• The Hornets have won nine of their last 12 games, and have not suffered a losing streak longer than one game since early March.
• Sacramento State has played well on opponents' home fields this season, as the Hornets are 7-5 on the road. That includes wins in three of the last four road contests.
• Meanwhile, Nevada has lost seven straight, and is 1-4 at home. The Wolf Pack have struggled offensively with a .221 team batting average. There are seven players on the team with at least 10 starts that are currently below .200.
• Sacramento State owns a 45-38 all-time record against Nevada, but has dropped three straight in the series.
• Both games can be seen via Nevada video stream. Reminder that all multimedia links, including live video and live stats, can be found next to each game on the softball schedule at hornetsports.com.
• Wednesday's games will begin a five-game road trip for Sacramento State that includes a three-game series at Northern Colorado on April 15-16.
• Sacramento State leads the Big Sky Conference in batting average (.295), doubles (48), home runs (38), RBIs (166), total bases (445) and slugging percentage (.473).
• The Hornets' 38 home runs are already the third most in program history, trailing the 45 round trippers hit in 2017, and 43 bombs in 2019.
• Sacramento State is 15-8 when homering in a game this season.
• The Hornets' power has come primarily from Lexie Webb (13) and Lewa Day (11) who have combined for 24 home runs. They rank first and second in the Big Sky in homers, and Webb is tied for 10th in the nation. Day is tied for 31st in the country.
• Right-hander Marissa Bertuccio, the Big Sky Pitcher of the Week, continued her dominant season last week, tossing shutouts in both starts against Portland State. That included a six-hit shutout on Friday, followed by a four-hit shutout on Saturday. Bertuccio, who is 14-4 with a 2.07 ERA, now has six shutouts this season, the eighth best mark in the nation.
• Bertuccio has factored into 15 of Sacramento State's 20 wins, which includes 14 victories and a save. Opponents are hitting just .233 against Bertuccio and she is the owner of a 3.6-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
• Currently, the Hornets have five players with at least 30 at-bats that are hitting better than .300. That includes Caroline Evans (.400), Lewa Day (.388), Lexie Webb (.372), Alondra Mejia (.315) and Carley Morfey (.306). Evans, Day and Webb rank first, second and fourth, respectively, in the Big Sky in batting average.
• The Hornet are hitting .321 as a team with runners in scoring position. Numerous Sacramento State players are hitting well in those clutch at-bats, including Alondra Mejia (.485), Lewa Day (.400), Rylee Gresham (.375), Lexie Webb (.364), Milan Machado-Buckley (.357), Carley Morfey (.333), Nikki Barboza (.333) and Caroline Evans (.313).
• Sacramento State continues to dominate the first and sixth innings of games. The Hornets have outscored the opposition, 32-15, in the first inning, and 40-23 in the sixth inning.
• Wednesday's games are two of just four remaining non-league games on the Hornets' schedule.