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Sac State coaches forced to adapt recruitment efforts amid stay-at-home order

Sac State baseball coach Reggie Christiansen poses for a photo at John Smith Field. Christiansen has been relying on high school and travel ball coaches to get opinions on potential recruits.
Garry Singh May 15, 2020

College sports coaches have been fostering new and innovative ways to recruit players amid the stay-at-home order to ensure they still have successful teams and are able to bring in the right players for...

Sac State alumna makes history as first female MLB coach

Sac State alumna Alyssa Nakken poses for a photo at Oracle Park. Nakken made history when she was named as the first female MLB coach.
Jason Gallardo May 14, 2020

While working to produce the Spartan Race at Oracle Park as an intern for the San Francisco Giants, Sacramento State alumna Alyssa Nakken passed by the office of manager Gabe Kapler. Nakken stopped...

Sac State athletes torn between returning and moving on following NCAA’s eligibility relief announcement

Sac State student-athletes Michael Birch, Sofie Babic and Ryan Walstad. After the cancellation of their seasons, all three senior athletes were left with unknowns about their future. Photos of Birch and Babic courtesy of Hornet Athletics.
Jason Gallardo May 4, 2020

The Sacramento State Athletics Department announced in March that all spring sports would be canceled for the remainder of the academic year due to COVID-19, leaving many seniors deprived of competing...

Senior pitcher satisfied with return to Sac State, even in shortened 2020 season

Sac State senior pitcher Parker Brahms poses for a photo at practice on Thursday, Feb. 6 at John Smith Field. Brahms was drafted in the 27th round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers but chose to return to Sac State.
Shaun Holkko April 28, 2020

On Jun. 5, 2019, Sacramento State senior pitcher Parker Brahms had a childhood dream come true, being selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. The Los Angeles Dodgers chose the right-handed pitcher...

SPORTS PODCAST: Senior pitcher Parker Brahms on Sac State career

Sac State pitcher Parker Brahms prepares to throw a pitch during his sophomore year against Santa Clara University at John Smith Field on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Brahms is currently a senior and inactive due to the cancellation of spring athletics.
Robyn Dobson, Shaun Holkko, and Robbie Pierce April 24, 2020

On this episode of The State Hornet Sports Podcast, senior pitcher Parker Brahms met with State Hornet sports writer Shaun Holkko to discuss Brahms’ childhood, his baseball career, how he got to Sac...

DOUBLE COVERAGE S1E11: Trump’s call with commissioners, MLB in May, Basketball Hall of Fame

Graphic courtesy of Angel Casillas
Mack Ervin III, Shaun Holkko, and Robbie Pierce April 8, 2020

This week on Double Coverage, Mack and Shaun discuss President Donald Trump’s conference call with sports commissioners and whether sports are ready to reopen. Specifically, they talk about whether the...

Sac State baseball team struggles in midweek game at San Francisco

Sac State sophomore Evan Gibbons throws a pitch against Pacific on March 3, 2020 at John Smith Field. The Hornets lost at San Francisco on on Tuesday, 12-4.
Shaun Holkko March 10, 2020

The Sacramento State baseball team continued a season-long 11 game road trip with a 12-4 loss at the University of San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon. The Hornets (9-7) scored first but surrendered...

UC Irvine takes first-road series from Sac State baseball team

Sac State junior righty Scott Randall throws a pitch against UC Irvine on Saturday, March 7 at the Bren Events Center. The Anteaters won the first two games, leading to a series win over the Hornets.
Shaun Holkko March 8, 2020

For the first time in 2020, the Sacramento State baseball team hit the road to play a three-game series at the University of California, Irvine. The Anteaters (8-7) took the first two games of the series ...

University of Pacific no match for Sac State baseball team

Sac State freshman second baseman Jorge Bojorquez celebrates his home run with junior shortstop Keith Torres against Pacific on Tuesday, March 3 at John Smith Field. The Hornets defeated the Tigers 9-2.
Shaun Holkko March 3, 2020

In the final game of a 12-game homestand to begin the year, the Sacramento State baseball team obliterated the University of Pacific Tigers 9-2. The Hornets (8-4) hit three home runs in the first four...

VIDEO: Hornets salvage series against Santa Clara with split

Shaun Holkko March 2, 2020

The Sacramento State baseball team split a four-game series with Santa Clara over the weekend at The John. Hear from Sac State coach Reggie Christiansen, senior infielder Ryan Walstad and sophomore pitcher...

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