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EIGHT SOFTBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL-BIG SKY; BERTUCCIO NAMED CONFERENCE PITCHER OF THE YEAR

EIGHT SOFTBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL-BIG SKY; BERTUCCIO NAMED CONFERENCE PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Big Sky All-Conference Team
 
SACRAMENTO — Eight Sacramento State softball players received all-Big Sky Conference recognition, including two first teamers, a pair of second teamers, and four honorable mention selections.
 
Among those first team selections was the conference's pitcher of the year in junior Marissa Bertuccio. She was joined on the first team by third baseman Lewa Day. The Hornet second team selections were designated player Lexie Webb and right fielder Carley Morfey, and the honorable mention choices were catcher Amber Rodriguez, first baseman Alondra Mejia, second baseman Gwen Ludwig and utility player Caroline Evans.
 
Bertuccio becomes the fourth Hornet to be named Big Sky Pitcher of the Year, as she joins Savanna Corr (2019), Celina Matthias (2018, 2016), and Caitlin Brooks (2015, 2014). In addition, a Sacramento State pitcher has now won the award six times in the nine years of Big Sky softball.
 
The Hornets (28-23, 12-6) finished the regular season in a tie for second place, and will assume the No. 2 seed at this week's Big Sky Tournament in Ogden, Utah. Sacramento State, recipient of a first round bye, will play in the second round on Wednesday at 4 p.m. PDT against the winner of the No. 3 Portland State/No. 6 Montana game. The tournament is double elimination, and the tournament home page can be found by clicking here.
 
MARISSA BERTUCCIO - Pitcher - First Team - Big Sky Pitcher of the Year
Concluded a brilliant regular season with a 19-9 record and 2.08 ERA while limiting the opposition to a .223 batting average…in 34 appearances, she started 27 games with 19 complete games, eight shutouts, two saves and 158 strikeouts in 178.1 innings…leads the Big Sky in wins, shutouts, complete games and innings…a five-time Big Sky Pitcher of the Week selection…16th in the nation in shutouts, and 29th in wins…needs one win to become the sixth Hornet pitcher during the Div. I era (1990-pres.) to win 20 games in a season…threw her first career no-hitter last Friday vs. Southern Utah…8-4 with a 1.68 ERA and .197 opponent batting average vs. Big Sky opposition.
 
LEWA DAY - Third Baseman - First Team
Has played in 50 of the Hornets' 51 games, including 48 starts at third base…concluded the regular season batting .356 (52-for-146) with 37 runs, seven doubles, 14 homers, 36 RBIs, a .692 slugging percentage, .469 on-base percentage and 1.161 ops…ranks among the Big Sky's top five players in walks (29, 1st), on-base percentage (2nd), home runs (3rd), total bases (101, 3rd), runs scored (5th), slugging percentage (5th) and RBIs (5th)…also leads the Big Sky with 89 assists…leads the Hornets in multiple-hit games (17) and multiple-RBI games (12)…had a team-high streak of 14 straight games reaching base safely…has now hit 14 home runs in back-to-back seasons, and has 34 career homers (3rd in program history).
 
LEXIE WEBB - Designated Player - Second Team
One of three Hornets to start all 51 games…concluded the regular season with a .352 batting average (56-for-159), 26 runs, six doubles, 16 home runs, 35 RBIs, 112 total bases, a .704 slugging percentage, .418 on-base percentage and 1.122 ops…the 16 homers are two shy of the Sacramento State single-season record of 18…the 16 homers are also the 29th best mark in the nation…the 112 total bases are 44th in the nation…has hit safely in 40 games, including hitting streaks of nine and eight games long…also had a streak of 13 straight games reaching base safely…Big Sky leader in home runs and total bases while ranking second in hits and third in slugging percentage…has 14 multiple-hit games.
 
CARLEY MORFEY - Outfielder - Second Team
Only Hornet to start all 51 games at the same position (right field)…hit .297 (47-for-158) during the regular season with 26 runs, 11 doubles, six homers, 36 RBIs, a .481 slugging percentage and .347 on-base percentage…has committed just one error all season long…two-time Big Sky Player of the Week selection…36 RBIs are tied for the team lead, and led the Hornets with 15 RBIs in Big Sky play…hit a grand slam last Friday vs Southern Utah…among conference leaders, she ranks second in doubles and fifth in RBIs…hitting .370 with runners in scoring position, and 20 of her 36 RBIs have come with two outs in an inning…has 12 multiple-hit games.
 
ALONDRA MEJIA - First Baseman - Honorable Mention
Played in 45 games during the regular season, including 44 starts at first base…finished regular season with a .277 batting average (38-for-137), 16 runs, six doubles, three homers, 26 RBIs and a .342 on-base percentage…had 11 RBIs in 18 conference games…went the final 28 games of the season without committing an error…hitting .404 (19-for-47) with runners in scoring position…is 4-for-6 with the bases loaded, including a grand slam at Idaho State.
 
AMBER RODRIGUEZ - Catcher - Honorable Mention
Concluded the regular season batting .278 (22-for-79) with three homers and eight RBIs…played in 33 games, including 28 starts at catcher…starter at catcher in 14 of the Hornets' 18 games vs. Big Sky opposition…did not commit an error all season behind the plate…caught a pitching staff that has a 3.37 ERA, the second best mark in the conference…threw out six runners attempting to steal…missed 10 straight games with injury between March 12-25.
 
GWEN LUDWIG - Second Baseman - Honorable Mention
True freshman who dealt with injury which prevented her from playing full time until early April…played in 41 games during the regular season, including 22 starts…hitting .288 (17-for-59) with 17 runs, a .354 on-base percentage and team-high nine stolen bases…is 9-for-12 in stolen base attempts…played in 16 games, including 11 starts in Big Sky play…leads the Hornets with a .400 batting average (12-for-30) against Big Sky opposition…also has a .455 on-base percentage and is 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts vs. the league.
 
CAROLINE EVANS - Utility - Honorable Mention
True freshman who has started games at designated player (9), pitcher (2) and first base (3)…an injury has limited Evans the past month…hit .405 (15-for-37) with seven runs, six doubles, two homers, 10 walks, 11 RBIs, a .730 slugging percentage and .542 on-base percentage…of her 15 hits, eight have gone for extra bases…as a pinch hitter, she is 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles, a homer and eight RBIs…homered in her first career plate appearance…has pitched 28.0 innings with a 4.75 ERA and 19 strikeouts.