SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento State juniors Carley Morfey and Marissa Bertuccio have been named the Big Sky Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, after helping the Hornets to a three-game sweep of Southern Utah last week.
The three wins secured the No. 2 seed for Sacramento State, which will receive a first round bye at this week's double elimination Big Sky Tournament in Ogden, Utah. The Hornets will play the winner of No. 3 Portland State/No. 6 Montana on Wednesday at 4 p.m. PDT in the second round.
The pitcher award for Bertuccio is her fifth of the season, and ninth of her career. Morfey earned the player award for the second time this year.
Bertuccio had one of the most dominant weeks of her career. The right-hander tossed her first career no-hitter, and finished the series 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and .054 opponents batting average. In 12.0 innings, she allowed the Thunderbirds just two hits with 20 strikeouts. That included a career-best 13 strikeouts in Friday's no-hitter.
In Friday's 4-0 win over Southern Utah, the Merced, Calif., native tossed the Hornets' first no-hitter in three years while striking out 13 batters. Her only blemishes were a pair of walks, and Southern Utah hit just two balls out of the infield. The 13 strikeouts surpassed her previous career high of 12, set in 2020 against Utah State.
She followed that effort with five innings of shutout relief in the Hornets' 8-1 win on Saturday. Bertuccio allowed just two hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over five innings.
Bertuccio (19-9 with a 2.08 ERA) will attempt to become just the sixth Sacramento State pitcher to notch 20 wins in a season during the program's Div. I era (1990-pres.). Against Big Sky opposition, she is 8-4 with a 1.68 ERA and .197 opponent batting average.
Morfey, who started every game in right field, finished the series 6-for-10 with three runs, a homer and eight RBIs. That home run was a grand slam, and she finished with four RBIs in both the final two games of the series. The Lodi, Calif., native hit safely in all three games, including multi-hit contests in two of those affairs.
In the opening game of the series (a 4-0 Hornet win), Morfey went 2-for-3 with two runs. In the nightcap of Friday's doubleheader (a 13-3 Hornet win), Morfey crushed a grand slam, and finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and four RBIs.
In Saturday's series finale (8-1 Hornet victory), she went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. That included an RBI in three different innings of the game.
Morfey finished the regular season batting .297 with a team-high tying 36 RBIs. That includes a team-best 15 RBIs against Big Sky opposition.
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