Sacramento State’s softball team looks to post
its fourth straight season with at least 30 wins.
is still brisk but spring is already in the air at Sacramento State as Hornet
athletes gear up for competitions on the track, field and water.
One season removed from a 35-20 overall record and a 14-6 mark in the Pacific
Coast Softball Conference, Sacramento State will look to post its fourth straight
season with at least 30 wins. The Hornets, who finished just one game out of
first place and narrowly missed a selection to the NCAA Regionals, return 13
players from last year’s team which posted its most victories since the
Among those returners are three all-conference selections – junior outfielder
Hilary Johnson (.353 batting average, 33 runs, 10 stolen bases), sophomore pitcher
Cassie Cervantes (14-4, 1.82 ERA, 221 strikeouts in 115.2 innings) and sophomore
catcher Jamie Schloredt (.333 batting average, six home runs, 42 RBIs).
Sacramento State enters its second year as an affiliate member of the Western
Athletic Conference with an elevated pitching staff, a talented incoming class
of freshmen and junior college players, and a solid group of returning position
All-conference third baseman
David Flores returns to the team for his junior year after having a breakout
season a year ago, batting .331 with 28 RBIs, 16 doubles and 29 runs. The pitching
staff returns senior left-hander Mick Joyce, who finished last year with a 5-1
record, three complete games and a staff-best 3.09 ERA. Junior right-hander
Mitch Lively will be one of the team’s top relievers after making a team-leading
22 appearances in 2006. The Hornets start 2007 on Friday, Feb. 2, at Loyola
Marymount and will open WAC play in a quest for a conference championship on
March 2 at Louisiana Tech.
Senior David Nichols will look to become a three-time All-American this spring.
The shot putter has earned All-America honors each of the last two seasons,
including a sixth-place showing last spring at the national championships. This
June, Sacramento State will serve as host for the NCAA Div. 1 Outdoor Track
and Field Championships for the third straight year.
The Hornet women will also
continue their quest for a Big Sky Conference title. Senior Roshena Duree will
lead the way after being named the conference’s Field Athlete of the Year
Despite a roster that featured six freshmen last season, the Sacramento State
women’s tennis team was able to win its fifth-consecutive Big Sky Conference
title. With five players returning to the fold in 2007, the Hornets look primed
to win another league title. Sacramento State, which welcomes back all-conference
performers Cecilia Helland, Luba Schifris and Joyce Martinez Gutierrez, enters
the season having won 34 consecutive matches against Big Sky competition, a
streak which dates back to 2002.
After being crowned the Big Sky Conference’s co-regular season champions
last season, the Sacramento State men’s tennis team will return four players
in 2007. That includes first team all-Big Sky selection Gabriel Loredo. In addition,
the team welcomes a recruiting class that was ranked the 18th-best in the nation
among Div. I teams by the Tennis Recruiting Network. The men’s tennis
team has accounted for six conference championships in the last nine years.
After winning last year’s Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA)
championship for the first time since 2001, the Sacramento State women’s
rowing team will look to repeat as conference champions in 2007. The Hornets
welcome back 26 student-athletes this year to a program that has won four conference
championships since the rowing team gained intercollegiate status in 1995.
The Hornet women will be one of the favorites to win the Big Sky Conference
championship. Last season, Sacramento State placed third but the team returns
the core of its lineup and has also added Boise State transfer Erica Haney to
the mix. Senior Margaux Sheehan has been the top golfer on the team the last
Head coach Adam Pohll continued
his rebuilding of the men’s golf program. A talented group of young players
will guide the team during the spring. That group includes freshman Grant Norton
and Robert Budenbender, who prepped locally at Sheldon HS and Casa Roble HS,
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