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SACRAMENTO — For the first time this season, and eighth time in her career, Sacramento State senior right-hander Celina Matthias was named the Big Sky Conference Pitcher of the Week. Matthias factored into all three wins of a series sweep at home last week.

A fourth-year senior, Matthias went 2-0 with a save and a 0.44 ERA while pitching in all three games of the series. Portland State hit just .115 against Matthias who struck out 19 batters while allowing just six hits and one run in 16.0 innings. In addition, she allowed one walk over those 16.0 innings and threw complete games in both victories. Of the six hits allowed, only one went for extra bases (a double).

In the Hornets’ 1-0 extra inning victory on Thursday, Matthias tossed a two-hit shutout, walking none and striking out nine batters over eight innings. She threw 111 pitches, faced two batters over the minimum, and allowed just one PSU runner past first base.

She followed up that effort in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, allowing just three hits and one run in a 4-1 win over the Vikings. In seven innings, she walked one and struck out eight batters while throwing only 88 pitches. Matthias did not allow a hit after the third inning, and retired nine batters in a row between the third and sixth innings.

In Saturday’s 4-2 nightcap victory, Matthias entered the game as a reliever in the seventh inning with a runner at second and no outs. She proceeded to nail down her third save of the season, allowing one hit with two strikeouts in an inning of work.

Overall, Matthias is now 12-4 with a 2.10 ERA. In 120.0 innings, she has struck out 120 batters and opponents are hitting just .219 when she’s in the circle. In addition, Saturday’s win allowed her to earn her 50th career victory. She becomes just the third Hornet pitcher during the program’s Div. I era (1990-pres.) to win 50 career games.

Sacramento State (20-11, 6-3) has won four straight, and 15 of its last 19 games. The Hornets will play four times this week, including a home non-conference matchup vs. Santa Clara on Wednesday at 4 p.m., followed by a three-game series on the road at Idaho State on Friday and Saturday.

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