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The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Rinn Lee

Rinn Lee, Sports Staffer


Rinn Lee is in her second semester as a sports staffer at The State Hornet. She loves baseball, soccer and covered Sac State women's soccer in fall 2023. She is a second year journalism major and hopes to go into sports journalism.

All content by Rinn Lee
Junior shortstop Gwen Ludwig fielding the ball against Montana at Shea Stadium Friday, April 26, 2024. Ludwig led the Hornets offensively in their first tournament game with four hits and three runs.

Sac State softball smashes through the opposing defenses to keep season alive

The Hornets trade runs with Montana and Idaho State in the Big Sky Tournament
Rinn Lee, Staffer
May 10, 2024
The Hornets pulled off two tough wins against Montana and Idaho State in game two and four of the Big Sky Tournament.
Senior third baseman Lewa Day swinging against Montana in her last series at home Friday, April 26, 2024. Day broke the Big Sky Conference record for career home runs in game two against Montana.

The seniors of Sac State softball dominate their last series at home

Hornets walk off with three wins over Montana
Rinn Lee, Staffer
May 4, 2024
The Sac State Hornets defended their home turf with a vengeance in the last home series of the regular season, hardly letting Montana get a run in edgewise.
Haley Hanson standing on first at Shea Stadium against Portland State Saturday, April 12, 2024. Hanson just broke the record for career stolen bases, with 42 successful attempts.

Sac State softball’s bats go quiet until the final game of the series

Hornets hold out for a win after two shutout losses
Rinn Lee, Staffer
April 24, 2024
The Hornets offense finally escaped their rut in a tense nine inning match up with Weber State to end a five game losing streak.
Senior pitcher Marissa Bertuccio pitching against Portland State at home Friday, April 12, 2024. Bertuccio currently has the lowest ERA in the Big Sky Conference and holds second place in strikeouts and wins.

Sac State softball struggles to get their bats going against Portland State

The Hornets eked out a single win with only 2 runs on the weekend
Rinn Lee, Staffer
April 19, 2024
After a sunny double header against Portland State, game three was rained out ending the Hornets’ weekend with a single win and a single loss.
Senior left fielder Alexis Parish batting against Santa Clara Friday, March 5, 2024. Alexis Parish was seven for ten in their three game series against Northern Colorado.

Sac State softball plays ring around the bases against Northern Colorado

Clutch hitting and pitching carries the Hornets to two wins
Rinn Lee, Staffer
April 4, 2024
The Sac State softball team started Big Sky Conference play strong with a 2-1 tournament record with strong pitching on defense and clutch plays from Hornets’ offense.
Senior third baseman Lewa Day on second base against Santa Clara University Friday, March 1, 2024. Day has 23 RBIs so far this season.

Sac State softball captain adds her name to the record book again

Lewa Day has a ball against Utah State, breaking record for career RBIs
Rinn Lee, Staffer
March 3, 2024
Third baseman Lewa Day brought in five runs of nine, in Sac State’s win against Utah State, breaking the program record for career RBIs.
Senior pitcher Caroline Evans pitching against San Jose State Friday, Feb. 9, 2024. Evans has pitched five games for Sac State this season, more than all the other pitchers so far, and has been credited with a victory twice.

Sac State softball orders up a 4 for 4 in last two tournaments

Hornets split eight games on the road, settle at 7-5 on the year
Rinn Lee, Staffer
February 28, 2024
The Hornets come out of their latest tournaments with a 7-5 overall record, starting their first tournament strong with back-to-back wins but closing with a loss
Senior first baseman Caroline Evans up to bat against Cal Poly on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024. In addition to first base, Evans pitched two wins this weekend against San Jose State and UC Davis.

Sac State softball finishes weekend strong despite rocky start

Softball opened their season with a 3-1 record
Rinn Lee, Staffer
February 15, 2024
Sac State softball went 3-1 in the NorCal Kickoff with a little help from Lewa Day’s two three-run homers.
Redshirt sophomore guard Benthe Versteeg looks to pass on a drive to the basket against the Idaho State Bengals Thursday, Feb 8, 2024. Versteeg had a team-high nine assists

[Photo] Sac State’s stellar defense leads to two conference wins

Adam Camarena and Jahson Nahal
February 13, 2024

Redshirt sophomore guard Benthe Versteeg surveys the court against the Weber State Wildcats Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024 at The Nest. Versteeg had a Sac State Division I era single-game record of 14 assists....

Sophomore guard Benthe Versteeg ready to inbound the ball against the Portland Vikings Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, at The Nest. Versteeg played the entire game and scored 10 points for Sacramento State.

[Photo] Sac State splits conference matchups in a pair of high-scoring affairs

Adam Camarena and Jahson Nahal
February 8, 2024

Sophomore guard Benthe Versteeg ready to inbound the ball against the Portland Vikings Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, at The Nest. Versteeg played the entire game and scored 10 points for Sacramento State.

Sacramento State junior defender Isabella Vinsonhaler and junior midfielder Ali Fuamatu-Ma’afala protest a foul called against them on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023 playing the Idaho Vandals. The Hornets had similar problems with the ref in the quarterfinals.

Sac State women’s soccer chokes in the Big Sky quarterfinals

Controversial penalty unraveled the Hornets and they give up three goals
Rinn Lee, Staffer
November 9, 2023
Their season might be over, but there is a lot for the women’s soccer team to look forward to, starting next season with a strong senior class and experienced sophomores
Sacramento State junior midfielder and captain Abigail Lopez sitting outside Yosemite Hall at Sac State Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023. Lopez is the top scorer for her team with four goals.

Sac State women’s soccer captain treats her team like family

Abigail Lopez has wanted to captain a Division I team for a long time
Rinn Lee, Staffer
October 30, 2023
Abigail Lopez leads her team this year with four goals and 40 shots taken
Junior forward Ariana Scholten gearing up to take a shot Oct. 1, 2023, against Portland State. Scholten scored her first goal this season and her first as a Hornet against Idaho State on Sunday.

Sac State fails to secure a win over the weekend coming up with two draws instead

The Hornets drop to fifth place in the Big Sky Conference
Rinn Lee, Staffer
October 18, 2023
The Hornets ended both away games in a draw this weekend against the sixth and last place teams of the Big Sky Conference
Freshman goalkeeper Izzy Palmatier diving to knock the penalty shot off target Oct. 8, 2023. Palmatier said the save was one of her favorites so far this season.

The clock runs out on Sac State women’s soccer

The Hornets fought to the last minute, but lost 1-0
Rinn Lee, Staffer
October 10, 2023
Sacramento State Hornets put on a good show, but ultimately fell to the Idaho Vandals with a 1-0 score
Freshman goalkeeper Izzy Palmatier jumping to intercept an attempt on goal Friday, Oct. 6, 2023. It was a good game for the Hornets, with four saves, 21 shots and one winning goal.

Sac State women’s soccer lives on the edge against Eastern Washington

Each of Sac State’s four wins have ended in the same score
Rinn Lee, Staffer
October 8, 2023
Sacramento State Hornets scored late in the game and kept the Eastern Washington Eagles from scoring at all
Junior forward Ariana Scholton dribbling up the outside of the pitch, lining up a shot against Portland State Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. The Hornets played well and made many attempts on goal, but in the end, Portland beat them to it.

Sac State women’s soccer shoots and misses against Portland State

The Hornets dominate in every way except the one that counts
Rinn Lee, Staffer
October 3, 2023
The Hornets were in top form, but couldn’t follow through to secure the win
Sac State sophomore midfielder Madelyn Dougherty lines up for a free kick Friday, Sept. 22, 2023. Dougherty has one goal on the season coming against Hawaii Pacific.

‘It feels like we’re champions’: Sac State stuns Big Sky champs

Hornets scrape by a 1-0 win against Northern Arizona
Rinn Lee, Staffer
September 23, 2023
Sac State women’s soccer pulls through the first Big Sky conference game with a late 1-0 lead.
Swarm Report #2- Futbol Week

Swarm Report #2- Futbol Week

Neill Little, Jack Freeman, and Rinn Lee
September 22, 2023
Soccer reporters Rinn Lee and Joey Aguirre join Neill Little on the Swarm Report to give an update on how our men’s and women’s teams are doing this season as conference play begins.
Sac State junior midfielder Abigail Lopez taking control of the ball against Pacific Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023. Lopez took one of Sac State’s six shots on Saint Mary’s. (Photo taken by Rinn Lee)

Sac State women’s soccer gets shut out against Saint Mary’s

Hornets can’t get past the Gael’s defensive line, drop to 2-5-1 for the season
Rinn Lee, Staffer
September 16, 2023
Sac State couldn’t get on the board in a 4-0 loss Thursday evening
Sacramento State’s womens soccer team celebrates with Abigail Lopez after her goal Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023. Lopez slid past the goalkeeper after smoothly intercepting a pass back from Pacific defenders, scoring the second Hornet goal.

Sac State women’s soccer holds lead until final minutes against Pacific

Hornets lead by one before two back to back goals lose them the game
Rinn Lee, Staffer
September 13, 2023
Sac State can’t hold the lead against Pacific, letting two last minute goals past their back line.
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