NFCA All-Region Teams
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- One week after being unanimously selected as the Big Sky Conference Pitcher of the Year, Sacramento State junior right-hander Caitlin Brooks was the recipient of second team all-Pacific Region honors, it was announced today by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Over the last eight days, besides the Pitcher of the Year award, Brooks was also unanimously selected first team all-league and was named the Sacramento State Female Student-Athlete of the Year. Now, an all-region honor can be stacked upon an already overflowing mantel.
Brooks becomes the 11th Sacramento State softball player to receive all-region honors since the Hornets joined the Div. I ranks in 1990, and first since Marissa Navarro was named second team all-region in 2012.
The award honors players from the nation's 10 regions with first, second and third teams selected for each region. The all-region teams were voted on by NFCA member coaches from each respective region, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to one of three 2014 NFCA Division I All-American teams (announced on Wednesday, May 28 at 2 p.m. PDT).
A four-time Big Sky Pitcher of the Week selection, Brooks finished the season with a 10-7 record and a 1.86 ERA. Opponents hit just .219 when she was in the circle, and in 17 starts, Brooks had 14 complete games, three shutouts and struck out 109 batters in 105.1 innings. The Escalon, Calif., native allowed three earned runs or less in all but two of her starts, and took no-hitters into at least the fifth inning of three of her final six starts of the year.
She ranked as one of the top five pitchers in the Big Sky in 12 different categories, including first in ERA and second in opponents batting average. In Big Sky games, she went 5-1 with a league-best 1.62 ERA and a .204 opponents batting average. That includes a 4.5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio against the league (45 strikeouts and 10 walks in 39.0 innings).
Despite missing nearly a month during the middle of the season due to injury, she still led the Hornet pitching staff in wins, ERA, starts, complete games, shutouts, innings, strikeouts and opponents batting average.
Sacramento State concluded its 2014 season with a 25-21 overall record and a 12-4 mark in the Big Sky, the team's best conference winning percentage (.750) in 21 years.