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SOFTBALL’S SEASON ENDS WITH BIG SKY TOURNAMENT LOSS TO WEBER STATE

SOFTBALL’S SEASON ENDS WITH BIG SKY TOURNAMENT LOSS TO WEBER STATE

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OGDEN, Utah -- Sacramento State reached Championship Saturday of the Big Sky Conference Tournament, but saw its season come to an end with an 8-0 loss to Weber State at Wildcat Softball Field.

The Hornets and Wildcats were the lone two teams remaining in the six-team field, and both reached today's finale of the four-day double elimination tournament. Sacramento State, the No. 2 seed, finished the postseason event with a 2-2 record, which included wins over Montana and Portland State, and a pair of losses to top seed and tournament host Weber State.

The Wildcats (38-10) never lost during the tournament, and Sacramento State would have needed to beat the Wildcats twice today to claim the tourney title. Instead, Weber State won the Big Sky Tournament championship, and earned the Big Sky's automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals.

The Hornets finish the season with a 30-25 record, the third time in five years the program has reached the 30-win milestone. Sacramento State also finished in second place in the league standings with a 12-6 conference mark, and won each of it series against Big Sky teams except Weber State. The Wildcats had the Hornets' number, beating Sacramento State all five times the two teams met (three regular season meetings, two postseason).

Weber State got the early jump in today's game, scoring three times in the first inning, twice in the second, and three more times in the third. While the Wildcats were scoring runs, Sacramento State had a hard time solving pitcher Arissa Henderson. She allowed the Hornets just two hits and no runs over five innings. The game was stopped after five innings because of the mercy rule.

Both hits came from the bat of Hornet freshman Nikki Barboza who finished the day 2-for-2. The rest of the Sacramento State lineup went 0-for-15. Weber State's offense had nine hits, but also took advantage of four Hornet errors as the Wildcats scored three unearned runs in the first inning.

Sacramento State used three different pitchers - Alyssa Nunez (1.0 ip), Lexie Webb (2.0 ip) and Kelsey Alcantara (2.0 ip).

The Hornets saw eight different players finish the season with batting averages above .280 - Caroline Evans (.385), Lewa Day (.359), Webb (.337), Milan Machado-Buckley (.316), Carley Morfey (.298), Alondra Mejia (.288) and Amber Rodriguez (.284).