SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State senior first baseman was named the Pacific Coast Softball Conference's (PCSC) Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced today.
The award was voted on by members of the PCSC Executive Committee and nominees are judged on academic and athletic accomplishments as well as community service involvement. Only one player from the entire 12-team conference earns the award, and Nakken becomes the first Sacramento State player to be named PCSC Scholar-Athlete of the Year since the league's inception in 2003.
Evaluation criteria for the award is as follows: Must have completed at least 48 semester or 72 quarter hours of academic work recognized by current PCSC institution, strong athletic contributions, must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, contributions to school and/or community, and must have competed during the academic year at a PCSC institution in which the award is presented.
A native of Woodland, Calif., Nakken graduated Magna Cum Laude this past May after posting a 3.76 cumulative grade point average while majoring in psychology. She is a four-year honoree on the PCSC Commissioner's Honor Roll and will be a four-time recipient of the NFCA Scholar-Athlete Award. Nakken was also named to Sacramento State's Dean's Honor Roll all eight semesters she attended the school.
Athletically, Nakken finished her career as one of the top players in school history. She posted a .304 career batting average with 19 home runs and 83 RBIs. A two-time team captain, Nakken also had 34 doubles, scored 115 runs and stole 18 bases. During Sacramento State's Div. I era (1990-pres.), Nakken ranks in the top 10 in 11 career categories, including first in putouts (1,265), second in home runs, third in runs scored, fourth in total bases and fifth in slugging percentage (.470). She also started 164 consecutive games dating back to her freshman year.
This past season, Nakken was a first team PCSC all-Coastal Division selection after hitting .336 with 32 runs scored, eight home runs and 27 RBIs. She received all-league honors during each of her four seasons with the team, earning second team all-Coastal Division accolades as a sophomore and junior, and was an honorable mention honoree as a freshman.
In the community, Nakken has worked with the Woodland Volunteer Food Closet, which provides food to the needy in her hometown for over a decade. Working with her mother, Gaye, who is the director, Nakken has helped in various facets within the organization.