SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Six members of the Sacramento State softball program received all-Big Sky Conference recognition today, including one first team selection, one second teamer, and four that were named honorable mention.
The Big Sky, which is a seven-member league for softball, is currently in its first-ever year of sponsoring the sport, and the league will host its inaugural Big Sky Championship later this week. The tournament field will feature No. 1 seed Idaho State, No. 2 Portland State, No. 3 Southern Utah and No. 4 Sacramento State.
With six Hornets honored today, two-thirds of the team's starting lineup received some form of all-league recognition. Leading the way is sophomore pitcher Caitlin Brooks, who was the lone Sacramento State player on the first team. The right-hander is currently 14-6 with a 1.41 ERA, including a 6-2 record with a 1.63 ERA against conference opposition.
Senior center fielder Kelli Frye was named to the second team, while senior third baseman Emily McCormick, sophomore right fielder Paige Martin, freshman catcher Kortney Solis and freshman infielder Alyssa Vanderdrink received honorable mention honors. For a list of the entire all-conference team, click here.
For McCormick, it marked the fourth straight year she has received all-conference accolades, as she was a first team all-Pacific Coast Softball Conference selection in 2011-12, and a second team choice in 2010. Frye received all-league recognition for the third time as she was a second team selection last year and an honorable mention choice in 2010.
Sacramento State completed the regular season with a 22-20 overall record and a 7-8 mark in the Big Sky. The Hornets will begin the Big Sky Championship tomorrow at 3 p.m. PDT when they face No. 1 seed Idaho State in the first round of the double-elimination tournament in Pocatello, Idaho.
Brooks has put together a dominant season in which she has been the victorious pitcher in 14 of the team's 22 wins…currently ranks among the top 15 pitchers in the nation in three categories, including ninth in hits allowed per seven innings (3.9), 14th in shutouts (8) and 15th in ERA (1.41)…is 14-6 with a 1.41 ERA, limiting the opposition to a .156 batting average and posting a 4.7-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (147 strikeouts, 31 walks)…went 6-2 with a 1.63 ERA against conference opposition…of her 10 starts in Big Sky play, she threw shutouts on six of those occasions…left-handed hitters are batting .126 against Brooks, and righties are hitting just .167…has allowed just 80 hits in 143.2 innings pitched.
Has started 40 games in center field…finished the regular season with a .329 batting average while leading the team in runs (23), hits (48), triples (4), total bases (56), stolen bases (5) and outfield assists (4)…hit a team-best .370 in Big Sky play, and reached base safely in all 15 league games…will bring a streak of 13 straight games of reaching base safely into the Big Sky Championship…hitting a team-best .513 (20-for-39) with runners in scoring position…in Sacramento State's Div. I-era (1990-pres.) career record book, she ranks second in triples (9), tied for seventh in stolen bases (19) and ninth in runs scored (87).
One of two Hornets to start all 42 games thus far, with each of those starts coming at third base…hitting .290 with 18 runs scored, 11 doubles, 16 RBIs and a .344 on-base percentage…the 11 doubles are four more than any other Hornet…hit .294 in conference play…had a nine-game hitting streak earlier this year, the longest by a Hornet all season…in four years with the Hornets, she has played in 177 games, including 173 starts…in Sacramento State's Div. I-era career record book (1990-pres), she ranks first in doubles (42), second in RBIs (103), third in home runs (18), seventh in batting average (.321) and eighth in hits (178).
One of two Hornets to start all 42 games thus far, with each of those starts coming in right field…currently hitting a team-best .341 with six doubles, two triples, 12 RBIs, 13 walks and a .416 on-base percentage…has yet to commit an error in 33 chances in the outfield…hit .340 in Big Sky play with a .433 on-base percentage…hitting .488 (21-for-43) with runners in scoring position and .408 (20-for-49) with two outs in an inning…reached base safely in 13 straight games earlier this season.
Has appeared in 41 games, including 40 starts (39 at catcher, once at designated player)…hitting .288 with 13 runs, seven doubles, one triple, three home runs and a team-high 17 RBIs…also leading the team with a .441 slugging percentage…has committed just two errors all year, good for a .992 fielding percentage…raised her batting average in league play to .304…hitting .302 with runners in scoring position…tied for the team lead with four multiple-RBI games…had an eight-game hitting streak while also reaching base safely in a team-best 16 straight games earlier in the year.
Has appeared in 38 games, including 36 starts…after starting her first 27 games at first base, the cannon-armed Vanderdrink has started the last nine games at shortstop…currently has a six-game hitting streak, and is batting .421 (8-for-19) during that stretch…over the last 16 games, she has raised her batting average 43 percentage points to its current mark of .274…her four home runs are a team high while also tying for the team lead in sacrifices (12)…tied for the team lead with four multiple-RBI games.