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AFTER LENGTHY LAYOFF, SOFTBALL JUMPS BACK INTO BIG SKY PLAY AT NORTHERN COLORADO

AFTER LENGTHY LAYOFF, SOFTBALL JUMPS BACK INTO BIG SKY PLAY AT NORTHERN COLORADO

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WEEKLY PREVIEW
• After eight days without a game, Sacramento State (20-17, 4-2) will resume play this week for a three-game conference series at Northern Colorado (16-21, 4-2).
• The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday at noon PDT, followed by a single game on Saturday at 11 a.m. PDT. All three games will be streamed live on ESPN+. Links to video streams and live stats can be found next to each game on the softball schedule at hornetsports.com.
• The Hornets' bye week in Big Sky Conference play was last week. The team's last games were a doubleheader at Nevada on Wednesday, April 6.
• Sacramento State dropped both those games at Nevada, the team's first losing streak longer than one game since early March.
• The Hornets will now jump back into Big Sky play against a Northern Colorado team that is also 4-2 in the conference. The Bears began league play with four straight wins, but dropped their last two games to Portland State last weekend.
• Friday's doubleheader will mark the Bears' first Big Sky home games, as the team opened with three-game road series at Southern Utah and Portland State. In fact, Northern Colorado hasn't played at home since March 4, a span of 19 consecutive games away from home.
• The Bears are playing well, having won seven of their last 10 games. That includes a three-game sweep at Southern Utah on March 25-26.
• Sacramento State is 7-7 when playing on an opponent's home field this year, but has dropped three straight road games since their last road victory at Idaho State on March 25.
• The Hornets are 24-5 all-time against Northern Colorado, and have swept each of the last two three-game series between the two teams. In between those sweeps, however, was a 7-6 Northern Colorado win in the 2019 Big Sky Tournament in Sacramento.
• The Hornets have won four straight in Greeley, with the last Northern Colorado win on its home field over Sacramento State on March 23, 2018.
• The Hornets have thrived off the long ball this season. Sacramento State already has 41 homers this year, the third best total in program history. In fact, that total of 41 bombs is just four shy of the school record of 45, set in 2017.
• Sacramento State's average of 1.1 home run per game is the 43rd best mark in the country. The team's .472 slugging percentage is 51st in the nation.
• Leading the way has been the powerful combination of Lexie Webb (14) and Lewa Day (11) who have combined for 25 home runs. Webb, just four homers shy of the school single-season record, ranks 13th in the country in round trippers.
• Day (.377) and Webb (.375) rank first and second, respectively, in the Big Sky in batting average. In fact, one of those players leads the league in six different offensive categories. That includes slugging percentage (Webb .775), on-base percentage (Day .496), home runs (Webb 14), walks (Day 23) and total bases (Webb 93).
• Right-hander Marissa Bertuccio is one of the top pitchers in the Big Sky as she ranks among the league's top three hurlers in wins (1st, 14), ERA (3rd, 2.27), strikeouts (3rd, 114) and innings (3rd, 126.2). She is 14-5, and has 13 complete games and six shutouts in 19 starts. Bertuccio has also made five relief appearances and has a save. Opponents are hitting just .239 when she's in the circle. Her 14 wins rank as the 23rd best mark in the country.
• Among Hornet regulars, freshman shortstop Nikki Barboza has the highest average (.364) against Big Sky opposition. Barboza has hit safely in four straight games, and over that span, is batting .583 (7-for-12). That includes three multiple-hit games.
Carley Morfey, who is batting .305, has 10 doubles, the second highest total in the Big Sky. In fact, of her 36 hits, 15 have gone for extra bases. She has 16 RBIs with two outs in an inning.
• The Hornets are 17-10 when scoring first, and 3-7 when the opponent scores first. In addition, Sacramento State is 20-2 when holding the opposition to five runs or less.