JULIA BECKER RECIPIENT OF SACRAMENTO STATE’S CLUTCH PLAY OF THE YEAR AWARD

JULIA BECKER RECIPIENT OF SACRAMENTO STATE’S CLUTCH PLAY OF THE YEAR AWARD

Women's golf's Julia Becker has been awarded Sacramento State's Clutch Play of the Year award. The fourth-year senior set the school single-round record while helping the Hornets secure the Big Sky Conference title in the process. Sacramento State entered the final day of the tournament with a seven-stroke lead and finished with a 20-stroke advantage. Becker shot a school-record 66 during the final round to finish 6-under par. She concluded the day by playing her final nine holes at 4-under par with the help of an eagle on No. 16. A first team all-Big Sky Conference selection, Becker would eventually set the Sacramento State single-season scoring record by averaging 73.25 in 28 rounds.

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OTHER NOMINEES

Marcus Graves (Basketball) - Graves connected on a contested layup with 11 seconds remaining to fuel Sacramento State's game-closing 9-0 run in a 58-55 victory over UC Davis at the Golden 1 Center. The Graves layup gave the Hornets their first lead since the 14:21 mark of the second half, and was part of a game that saw the fifth-year senior and team captain finish with 11 points, six rebounds, eight assists and four steals in 34 minutes.

Steven Moretto (Baseball) - Moretto hit a go-ahead solo homer in the ninth of inning of a 2-1 victory at #3 UCLA. With the scored tied at 1-1 in the ninth, the sophomore turned on an 0-1 pitch and sent the ball over the left field fence. The loss was one of just four suffered at home by UCLA during the regular season. The victory was Sacramento State's third over a top-five program over a five-year span.

Trevor Doyle (Baseball) - With the Hornets facing elimination from the NCAA Regional Tournament, Doyle had a huge hit in an eventual 6-4 win over 19th-ranked UC Santa Barbara. With two outs, and the score tied 4-4 in the eighth inning, the true freshman blasted a two-run double off the wall to put the Hornets ahead and eventually win the game. The win for the Hornets was their second ever NCAA Div. I Regional win and eliminated the Gauchos from the postseason.

Sydnee Strong (Softball) - A fourth-year senior, Strong crushed a three-run walkoff homer in the 10th inning of an 8-5 home win over Big Sky Conference rival Montana. The three-run blast, which came on a 1-2 count with one out, ended a game which was halted the previous day in the ninth inning due to darkness. When the game resumed, Strong finished off her 3-for-5 performance with the home run over the left field fence. The Hornets would go on to sweep the three-game series.

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AWARD TIMELINE

June 11 - Female Newcomer of the Year - Ashtin Olin (Volleyball)
June 12 - Male Newcomer of the Year - Benji Kikanovic (Soccer)
June 13 - Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Raegen Rohn (Basketball)
June 14 - Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Bernardo Moraes (Tennis)
June 17 - Women's Academic Team of the Year - Women's Tennis
June 18 - Men's Academic Team of the Year - Men's Tennis
June 19 - Female Individual Performance of the Year - Savanna Corr (Softball)
June 20 - Male Individual Performance of the Year - Dawsen Bacho (Baseball)
June 21 - Biggest Upset Award - Baseball
June 24 - Hornets Care Award - Women's Soccer
June 25 - Clutch Play Award - Julia Becker (Golf)
June 26 - Coach of the Year
June 27 - Female Hornet Award
June 28 - Male Hornet Award
July 1 - Team of the Year
July 2 - Female Student-Athlete of the Year
July 3 - Male Student-Athlete of the Year