NFCA Pitcher of the Week story

SACRAMENTO — One day after being named Big Sky Conference Pitcher of the Week, junior Marissa Bertuccio was named the Wilson/NFCA National Pitcher of the Week.

Bertuccio, a right-hander and staff ace, becomes the first Sacramento State pitcher to ever receive the NFCA honor. She had a dominant week in helping lead the Hornets to a three-game sweep of Southern Utah.

A five-time Big Sky Pitcher of the Week selection, Bertuccio 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.

Her only blemishes in Friday’s no-no 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.

As the No. 2 seed, Sacramento State (28-23, 12-6) 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 tomorrow at 4 p.m. PDT in the second round.

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