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‘My whole childhood is lost:’ Softball player’s community destroyed by fire

‘My whole childhood is lost:’ Softball player’s community destroyed by fire

Alex Daniels, Opinion editor

December 3, 2018

Sacramento State junior outfielder Kayla Grubert was walking to class when she got a call from her brother telling her there was a fire back in her hometown of Paradise, California. Her brother — who was on his way to class — turned back home, grabbed the family pets and evacuated the area, ...

Softball team earns NCAA Regional bid after winning Big Sky Championship

Softball team earns NCAA Regional bid after winning Big Sky Championship

Alex Daniels

May 13, 2018

At the beginning of the school year, the coaching staff of the Sacramento State softball team had written “2018 Big Sky Champions” on the whiteboards in the locker room. Nearly eight months later, the Hornets (31-18, 14-7 Big Sky Conference) not only won the regular-season title, but are going...

Childhood softball teammates wrap up collegiate careers together

Childhood softball teammates wrap up collegiate careers together

Alex Daniels

April 29, 2018

Back when they were all 8 years old, Sacramento State third baseman Marissa Maligad, second baseman Zamari Hinton and pitcher Celina Matthias played travel softball together for the Lady Magic. Now, nearly a decade later, the senior trio will wrap up their collegiate careers together as the season...

Softball team moves into first place in Big Sky after series win over North Dakota

Softball team moves into first place in Big Sky after series win over North Dakota

Alex Daniels

April 28, 2018

The Sacramento State softball team won two out of three games against the University of North Dakota in its final home series of the year on Friday and Saturday at Shea Stadium. The Hornets (27-16, 12-6 Big Sky Conference) — which moved into a first-place tie in the Big Sky with Weber State — lost in game one of the series to the Fighting Hawks (22...

Walk-off hits help lead softball team in sweep over Southern Utah

Walk-off hits help lead softball team in sweep over Southern Utah

Alex Daniels

April 21, 2018

A pair of walk-off hits helped the Sacramento State softball team sweep Southern Utah University on Friday and Saturday at Shea Stadium. The Hornets (25-15, 10-5 Big Sky Conference) had their first walk-off hit in game one after a two-RBI double with the bases loaded from junior outfielder Sydnee S...

Softball team swept by Saint Mary’s in doubleheader

Softball team swept by Saint Mary’s in doubleheader

Alex Daniels

April 18, 2018

The Sacramento State softball team was swept in its doubleheader against Saint Mary’s College on Wednesday at Shea Stadium. The Hornets (22-15, 7-5 Big Sky Conference) — which fell to the Gaels (13-27, 1-5 West Coast Conference) 3-2 during the Lobo Classic Tournament earlier this season on March 10...

Timely hitting leads softball team over Santa Clara 3-1

Timely hitting leads softball team over Santa Clara 3-1

Alex Daniels

April 11, 2018

The Sacramento State softball team defeated Santa Clara University 3-1 thanks to timely hitting on Wednesday at Shea Stadium. The Hornets (21-11, 6-3 Big Sky Conference) — which have now beaten the Broncos (5-28, 0-3 West Coast Conference) in all four meetings this season — started sophomore pit...

High-powered offense leads softball team to success

High-powered offense leads softball team to success

Alex Daniels

April 8, 2018

The Sacramento State softball team has built off its record-breaking season last year with a high-powered offense in 2018. The Hornets (20-11, 6-3 Big Sky Conference) are coming off a 2017 campaign where they broke a program record for home runs in a single season with 45. Despite only hitting 18 home...

Sac State softball team sweeps Portland State

Sac State softball team sweeps Portland State

Alex Daniels

April 7, 2018

The Sacramento State softball team swept the Portland State Vikings in a three-game series on Thursday and Saturday at Shea Stadium. The Hornets (20-11, 6-3 Big Sky Conference) were originally supposed to play the Vikings (10-27, 3-6 Big Sky) in a doubleheader on Friday and one game on Saturday, but...

Senior out for redemption in the pitching circle

Senior out for redemption in the pitching circle

Alex Daniels

March 26, 2018

As a high school senior trying to decide where she would go to college, Celina Matthias was attending a softball camp in Fullerton when her father yelled for her from across the field. “Congratulations, you got accepted to Sac State,” Robert Matthias told her. “You got a scholarship for softball.” Matthias,...

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