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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor

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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

Spencer Fielding 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.
Sophomores Cesar Valero (left) and Josh Rolling pose in a tree near the River Front Center on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Both Valero and Rolling transferred to Sac State as sophomores and have found a spot in the Hornets lineup.

Sac State baseball sparks friendship for two slugging sophomores

Dylan McNeill and John Cabales May 15, 2022
On and off the field, Josh Rolling and Cesar Valero’s relationship cuts deep. Read it here:”
Dawson Bacho posing in the bleachers at the Sac State baseball field. Bacho is set to graduate this spring after a tremendous career at Sac State.

Living The Dream: How baseball impacted Dawsen Bacho and his family

Collin Houck May 11, 2022
Dawsen Bacho and his impact on Sac State Baseball. How the senior catcher’s legacy will live on and off the field.
Sacramento State track and field throwers Shantel Nnaji (left) and Erin Whelan (right) pose in front of Tahoe Hall Friday, April 29, 2022. Both have made their names in Sac State track and field history through succeeding in record-breaking throws.

Breaking Sac State records two throwers at a time

Kamelia Varasteh and Stacy Hanson May 6, 2022
“I didn’t feel like I was accomplishing everything I could have accomplished”: Sac State throwers open up about returning to their sport following COVID-19 postponement
Maddy Ferreros stands in front of the Sac State tennis court after finishing her training on April 20, 2022. She was named the Big Sky Conference womens tennis co-player of the week on April 5, 2022.

Sacramento State women’s tennis newcomer gleams in first season

Anh Nguyen April 28, 2022
Sacramento State freshman Maddy Ferreros was named Big Sky conference tennis co-player of the week for the first time since 2020
Sacramento State Sophomore sprinter LaTrouchka Duke poses at Hornet Stadium track on Thursday, April 21, 2022. Duke has recently placed second in the 60 meter Big Sky championship finale.

Sac State Track and Field sophomore sprinter makes strong return

Carina Arroyo April 26, 2022
Sacramento State sophomore sprinter LaTrouchka Duke makes a strong return to the track for her season with a different approach as a team captain.
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

Spencer Fielding 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,...

Coach Mike Connors poses on some boats near Lake Natoma on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Connors began rowing in 1979 when he was a high school walk-on at Santa Clara University and has been continuously involved with the sport since.

Power 20! Women’s rowing coach welcomes 20th season with Sac State

Laura De la Garza Garcia April 20, 2022
Rowers acknowledge Mike Connors on his 20th season as head coach of Sac State women’s rowing. He is the second longest tenured coach on campus.
Tess Blair stands outside the Athletic Center on March 15, 2022. Blair was named Big Sky player of the year and freshman of the year in her first season at Sac State.

Sac State golfer’s 660-mile journey to Sacramento

Priscilla Garcia-Pargas and Andrea Molinar April 18, 2022
Sac State’s women’s golfer Tess Blair on how she came to play the sport in Sacramento
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

Spencer Fielding April 7, 2022
Sacramento State softball pitcher Marissa Bertuccio earned her third pitcher of the week award for her dominant performance against Portland State.
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