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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 their programs. The year-round recruitment process usually entails visits to the campuses, facilities...

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 to ask a simple question, not knowing that this would be one of the first steps in becoming the firs...

Top moments from the Sac State softball team’s 2020 season

The Sac State softball team ended their season with a 14-11-1 record before its cancellation amid COVID-19 concerns. The Hornets were just a few days away from beginning conference play when the Athletics Department announced the cancellations.

Paola Yepez

April 20, 2020

The Sacramento State softball team played 26 games, ending with a 14-11-1 record before the cancellation of the season by the Sac State Athletics Department due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The following are few mentionable highlights of the season.  Team begins the season with a 4-1 record ...

Sac State student-athletes on their shelter-at-home routines

The Sac State Athletics Department canceled all sports through the end of the academic year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With all the extra time, student-athletes have found themselves picking up new and old hobbies to pass the time.

Olivia Laroa

April 16, 2020

With the NCAA suspension of all remaining winter and spring championships, games and practices and Sacramento State’s subsequent cancellation of sports through the end of the academic year, student-athletes are adjusting to a new daily routine - one without the sport they dedicated their college life to. “Par...

‘It is a completely different dynamic’: Sac State athlete describes transition from baseball to softball player

Sac State sophomore shortstop Shea Graves runs for a ball against California Baptist at Shea Stadium on Friday, Feb. 7. Graves ranks among the top five in the Big Sky for batting average and hits.

Paola Yepez

April 13, 2020

Sophomore shortstop Shea Graves’ love for sports started at a young age, but it wasn’t softball that first peaked her interest. Instead, she took a more nontraditional path to college softball.  “I played baseball until high school,” Graves said. “I enjoyed playing with boys and they were wi...

Sac State softball team earns one win in Wolf Pack Classic

Sac State sophomore shortstop Shea Graves waits for the play on Friday, March 6 at Christina M. Hixon Softball Park. The Hornets took home one win during the Wolf Pack Classic.

Vince Castellana

March 8, 2020

The Sacramento State softball team finished 1-3 in the Wolf Pack Classic over the weekend, bringing them to 14-11 on the season. The Hornets (14-11) dropped their first game Friday 9-0 in a dominating performance by the University of Nevada, Reno (10-14).  In that game, the Hornets combined for only...

Sac State softball team earns two wins in Capital Classic

Junior infielder Mo Spieth hits her fourth home run of the season during the Capital Classic Tournament on Sunday, March 1 at Shea Stadium. The Hornets took home two wins during the tournament over the weekend.

Paola Yepez

March 2, 2020

The Sacramento State softball team took home two wins in the Capital Classic Tournament this weekend at Shea Stadium.  After defeating rivals the University of California, Davis in a close 4-3 game Wednesday, the Hornets (12-8) were on a roll, opening the tournament with an 8-0 win in six innings ...

‘Every team I’ve played on, I’ve been the only African-American player’

Sac State student athletes Brandon Davis, Lewa Day and Isaiah Parker.

Jordan Latimore

February 25, 2020

Black history is a collection of experiences and moments, many righteous and many infamous, that all equally hold a tremendous impact not only in a context of historical significance, but in the influence of people’s personal lives as well as family ties.  Whether it was the ending of Jim Crow laws i...

Sac State softball team racks up 31 runs in LMU Tournament

Sac State junior outfielder Charizma Guzman runs to third base against UC Santa Barbara at Shea Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 9. The Hornets took home three victories during the LMU tournament over the weekend.

Paola Yepez

February 23, 2020

The second road trip of the season took the Sacramento State softball team to Los Angeles to compete in the LMU tournament.    For the pair of games on Friday, Loyola Marymount University (8-6) and the University of Delaware (11-2) defeated Sac State (9-6). The Hornets defeated Quinnipiac Unive...

SPORTS PODCAST: Sac State softball season starter

The Sac State softball team celebrate senior catcher Jessica Scott's home run against California Baptist at Shea Stadium on Friday, Feb. 7. The Hornets defeated California Baptist 6-0.

Robyn Dobson, Paola Yepez, and Robbie Pierce

February 20, 2020

The Spring 2020 softball season started Feb 7., and on this week’s episode of The State Hornet Sports Podcast, sports editor Robyn Dobson sat down with softball beat writer Paola Yepez to discuss the season thus far as well as predictions for the rest of it. Music: Rumble by

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