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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Spencer Fielding

Spencer Fielding, sports writer

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Freshman shortstop Nikki Barboza posing at Shea Stadium on Monday, May 16, 2022. Barboza has a batting average of .316 this season.

Sac State softball shortstop thrived in her first season despite the positional switch

Batting .316, Nikki Barboza had the fourth-highest average on the Hornets this season
May 16, 2022
Nikki Barboza’s confidence as a freshman grew all season long. Through the various changes in her game, she still strives to get better.
Junior pitcher Marissa Bertuccio pitches against Southern Utah University at Shea Stadium on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Bertuccio was nearly unhittable this weekend as she threw a no-hitter in her first win; she threw five scoreless innings in her second win to complete the sweep.

No-hitter! Sac State softball team sweeps Southern Utah University

Hornets outscored Thunderbirds 25-4 through three games
May 9, 2022
Sac State softball team sweeps Southern Utah University to become the second seed in the Big Sky Conference. Marissa Bertuccio throws her first collegiate no-hitter in a 25-4 win.
[File Photo] Junior second baseman Rylee Gresham lays down a bunt against Portland State. Gresham was able to score a run this weekend as a pinch-runner against Weber State.

Sacramento State softball swept on the road by Weber State

May 1, 2022
Sac State softball team was outscored 20-4 in a three-game sweep against Weber State in their recent weekend matchup. Read the recap here:
Marissa Bertuccio pitches against the University of Montana on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at Shea Stadium. The softball team currently sits with a 25-20 record after winning three straight against Montana last weekend. (Photo by Spencer Fielding. Graphic made in Canva by Mack Ervin III)

Baseball and softball keep rolling with key series wins, tennis teams prepare for Big Sky tournament: SWARM REPORT PODCAST

April 27, 2022
Brandon Bailey interviews softball beat writer Spencer Fielding about the team's current status and then gives a rundown of the spring sports going on around campus on another episode of the Swarm Report.
Lewa Day rounds the bases as she hits her 12th home run of the season against the University of Montana on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at Shea Stadium. Day had five hits in 10  plate appearances.

Breaking records! Sac State softball sweeps University of Montana

Hornets outscore the Grizzlies 12-2 this past weekend.
April 24, 2022
The Sacramento State softball team sweeps the University of Montana and breaks a team record for most home runs in a season.
Marissa Bertuccio poses in front of the Hornet Athletic Center on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Bertuccio has won three Big Sky Conference pitcher of the week awards so far this season.

Sac State softball pitcher’s journey to team’s ace

Marissa Bertuccio has helped lead the Hornets to a 22-20 record so far this season
April 21, 2022

As the dust settled from pitcher Marissa Bertuccio’s dominant high school career, it was clear that she was different from her teammates. Her coaches and team said she had always been a great athlete,...

[File Photo] Marissa Bertuccio pitches against Portland State on Friday, April 1, 2022 at Shea Stadium. Bertuccio pitched in every game this past weekend and ended with a record of 1-1.

Elevating wins: Sac State softball team takes 2 of 3 against Northern Colorado

April 20, 2022
The Sacramento State softball team took 2 of 3 games against Northern Colorado. The Hornets outscored the Bears 14-11 despite being shut out in the first game of the series:
[File Photo] Alondra Mejia connects with a hit against Portland State on April 2, 2022 at Shea Stadium. Mejia collected a single against the University of Nevada on Wednesday.

Frigid offense: Sac State softball swept by Nevada in quick doubleheader

April 7, 2022
Sacramento State softball gets swept in a quick two-game series against University of Nevada the bats go cold in the desert. Read the recap here:
Marissa Bertuccio pitches against Portland State on April 2, 2022 at Shea Stadium. Bertuccio earned her third Big Sky Conference “pitcher of the week” award by shutting out the Vikings twice and striking out 14 batters. (Graphic made on Canva)

Sacramento State softball pitcher earns her third Big Sky Conference award this season

April 7, 2022
Sacramento State softball pitcher Marissa Bertuccio earned her third pitcher of the week award for her dominant performance against Portland State.
Lewa Day slides into home plate to score the Hornets first run of the day Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Shea Stadium against Portland State. Day tallied a double and two RBI’s in against the Vikings on the weekend.

Lights out! Sacramento State softball wins 2 of 3 against Portland State

April 3, 2022
The Sacramento State softball team shut out Portland State twice in their second conference series win of the season. Read the recap here:
Marissa Bertuccio and Lewa Day celebrate a good inning against Dixie State at Shea Stadium on March 5, 2022. Bertuccio went 1-1 and struck out ten batters this weekend while Day went two for 11 and was able to hit her 11th home run of the season.

Confidence is key: Sacramento State softball goes 2-3 against Idaho State

March 28, 2022
Sacramento State softball starts off conference play strong as they went 2-3 against Idaho State.
Samantha Parish connects on a single against the University of North Dakota at Shea Stadium on Thursday. Parish went two for six in the Mizuno Classic this past weekend.

Sac State softball goes 1-1 in the Mizuno Classic

March 21, 2022
With the final game of the Mizuno Classic being postponed due to weather, Sac State softball goes 1-1 in the Mizuno Classic.
Senior Alondra Mejia makes the tough catch to turn a double-play against the University of North Dakota on March 17, 2022 at Shea Stadium. Mejia went three for six on the day.

Have Mercy! Sac State softball scores 26 runs on the day

March 19, 2022
Sac State softball improves to 14-12 with a pair of dominant wins over University of North Dakota.
 Carley Morfey celebrates on second base against UC Davis on March 6, 2022 at Shea Stadium in the Capital Classic. Morfey had three hits and a double at the Louisville Slugger Invitational this past weekend.

Softball goes 1-4, narrowly avoid being swept in Louisville Slugger Invitational

The Hornets drew 15 walks during the Louisville Slugger Invitational, but still lost four games.
March 14, 2022
Sac State softball drops to 12-12 on the season as they drop four of five games in the Louisville Slugger Invitational.
 Marissa Bertuccio pitches and Lewa Day connects on a double against Dixie State at Shea Stadium on March 6, 2022. Bertuccio was named Big Sky Conference co-pitcher of the week and Day was named player of the week on Tuesday.

Sac State softball players earn weekly awards after five-game Capital Classic sweep

March 11, 2022
The Sac State softball team sweeps the weekly awards by earning the pitcher and player of the week awards.
Big Sky basketball tournament updates, baseball slumps and softball sweeps: SWARM REPORT PODCAST

Big Sky basketball tournament updates, baseball slumps and softball sweeps: SWARM REPORT PODCAST

March 10, 2022
On this week's episode of the Swarm Report, sports co-editor Brandon Bailey talks about Sac State’s men's basketball team's recent first-round victory, the ending of the women’s basketball team’s season, softball sweeping the competition in the capital classic and more.
The Hornets mob Lewa Day after she hits a single for a walk-off win against UC Davis at Shea Stadium on March 6, 2022. Day’s walk-off hit sent Hornet fans home happy as they earned their fifth win in a row.

Sac State sweeps the Capital Classic to improve to 11-8 on the season

Hornets pitching allowed just seven runs this weekend
March 8, 2022
The Sac State softball team competed in the Capital Classic this weekend, where they won five straight games to improve to 11-8 on the season.
Samantha Parish connects on a triple against San Jose State in the NorCal Kickoff at Shea Stadium on Feb. 11, 2022. The Hornets went 3-2 in the Silicon Valley Classic this weekend.

Sac state softball goes 3-2 in the Silicon Valley Classic

Hornets score 29 in weekend tourney
March 1, 2022
The Sac State softball team competed in the Silicon Valley Classic this weekend. The bats came alive as they were able to go 3-2, to improve their overall record to 6-8.
Alyssa Nunez pitching in relief against San Jose State in the NorCal Kickoff at Shea Stadium on Feb. 11, 2022. The Hornets went 1-4 in the UCSD tournament this weekend.

Sac State softball drops 4-of-5 in UC San Diego tournament

February 22, 2022
Sac State’s softball team struggled on the defensive end as they dropped 4-of-5 games in the UC San Diego Tournament this past weekend.
Marissa Bertuccio pitches to start the 2022 season in the NorCal Kickoff against San Jose State and Santa Clara University at Shea Stadium on Feb. 11, 2022. The Hornets went  2-2 on the weekend to start the season.

PREVIEW: Sac State softball prepares for UCSD tournament after 2-2 start

February 18, 2022
Sac State’s softball team is looking to build on last weekend’s offensive display as they compete in the UCSD Tourney this weekend.
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