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NINE SOFTBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL-LEAGUE; BROOKS IS PITCHER OF THE YEAR

NINE SOFTBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL-LEAGUE; BROOKS IS PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Big Sky All-Conference Team (pdf)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Nine Sacramento State softball players received some form of all-Big Sky Conference recognition, highlighted by senior Caitlin Brooks being named to the first team and the conference's pitcher of the year for the second straight season.

Among the nine all-Big Sky performers, the Hornets received one first team selection, one second team choice, and seven honorable mention selections. Brooks has now been named first team all-Big Sky three consecutive years, and becomes the first Hornet in the Div. I era (1990-pres.) to receive more than one conference pitcher of the year award.

The nine all-conference selections ties for the second most in school history, trailing only last year's 11 selections. Junior first baseman Sasha Margulies was named to the second team while outfielders Alexa Chattleton, Nicole Clark and Shelby Johnston, catcher Kortney Solis, second baseman Zamari Hinton, shortstop Paige Castro and third baseman Alexis Martinez were each named honorable mention.

The Big Sky, which is an eight-member league, is currently in its third year of sponsoring softball and the league will host the third Big Sky Championship later this week in Pocatello, Idaho. The tournament field will feature No. 1 seed Idaho State, No. 2 Sacramento State, No. 3 Southern Utah and No. 4 Northern Colorado. The Hornets, who finished the regular season in second place (just two games out of first), will open the double-elimination tournament on Thursday vs. Weer State at 3 p.m. PDT.

Sacramento State concluded the regular season with a 26-24 overall record and a 15-6 mark in the Big Sky. The Hornets will enter the postseason as winners of four straight, and five of the last six games.

CAITLIN BROOKS - Senior Pitcher (First Team; Big Sky Pitcher of the Year)
Becomes the first Hornet to be named first team all-league three consecutive years since Jamie Schloredt did it four straight years in the PCSC from 2006-09…also the first Hornet in the Div. I era (1990-pres.) to receive conference pitcher of the year accolades on more than one occasion…finished the regular season 13-5 with a 2.59 ERA…in 22 starts, she threw 15 complete games and three shutouts while striking out 159 batters in 124.1 innings…allowed opponents just a .189 batting average…24th in the nation in strikeouts per seven innings (9.0) and 25th in the nation in hits allowed per seven innings (4.67)…in conference play, she was 9-2 with a 2.18 ERA while limiting the opposition to a .199 batting average…excluding two tough-luck losses to Idaho State in which she threw well, Brooks was 9-0 in Big Sky play…among Sacramento State's Div. I career leaders, she ranks third in strikeouts (476), lowest opponent batting average (.203) and strikeouts per seven innings (7.25), tied for fourth in wins (43), tied for fifth in shutouts (14) and seventh in innings pitched (459.2).

SASHA MARGULIES - Junior First Baseman (Second Team)
Two-time all-Big Sky performer as she was honorable mention last season…could just have easily been named to the first team this year as Margulies finished the regular season with a .406 batting average (63-for-155) while also leading the team in hits (63), doubles (16), RBIs (34), total bases (91), slugging percentage (.587) and on-base percentage (.465)…had a 15-game hitting streak, which is the fourth longest in the Hornet Div. I era (1990-pres.)…attempting to become just the fourth Hornet in the Div. I era to finish the season with a .400 batting average or better…the 16 doubles are the third most in Sacramento State single-season history, just three shy of the school record…batting a team-high .446 with runners in scoring position and .429 with two outs…has 18 two-out RBIs…against Big Sky pitching, she batted .427 with eight doubles, two home runs, 20 RBIs and a .613 slugging percentage…her career batting average of .381 is the best mark in Sacramento State's Div. I era.

ALEXA CHATTLETON - Senior Outfielder (Honorable Mention)
Second straight year being named honorable mention all-Big Sky…finished the regular season with a career-best .369 batting average…also scored 25 runs and had eight doubles, 17 RBIs, 17 walks, six stolen bases and a .434 on-base percentage…committed just one error in the outfield all season…has played in 49 games, including 48 starts…started games in center field and left field…has raised her batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage all four years of her career…her seven career triples are tied for the fifth best mark in the Hornets' Div. I era (1990-pres.)…has 17 career stolen bases and is one shy of cracking into the program's top 10…in conference play, she hit .373 with 18 runs, four doubles, 13 walks and a .475 on-base percentage.

NICOLE CLARK - Senior Outfielder (Honorable Mention)
Second straight year being named honorable mention all-Big Sky…played in 34 games, including 23 starts (19 in left field)…started the final 13 games of the season…finished the regular season batting .306 with 17 runs scored, and zero errors in 23 chances in the outfield…against Big Sky pitching, she was second on the team with a .385 batting average and also had a .432 on-base percentage…hit better than .300 with runners on base and runners in scoring position…raised her batting average 124 percentage points over the final month of the regular season…has raised her batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage all four years of her career.

PAIGE CASTRO - Senior Shortstop (Honorable Mention)
Named honorable mention all-Big Sky for the second straight year…was limited throughout the season with injuries, but still managed to play in 42 games, including 39 starts (38 at shortstop)…finished the regular season batting .257 with 12 runs, eight doubles, two triples, 16 RBIs and eight sacrifices…committed just one error during her final 13 games of the season…in the Sacramento State Div. I-era career record book, she is tied for fifth with seven triples and her .302 career batting average is the 15th best mark…injuries have limited Castro to just two starts in the team's last nine games heading into the postseason tournament.

KORTNEY SOLIS - Junior Catcher (Honorable Mention)
Has received all-Big Sky recognition all three years of her career, including second team last season and honorable mention as a freshman in 2013…finished the regular season batting .298 with five doubles, two home runs, 13 RBIs, 17 walks and a .445 on-base percentage…also had five sacrifices and committed just two errors behind the plate all season (.988 fielding percentage)…in Big Sky play, she was fourth on the team with a .348 batting average to go along with 10 RBIs in 18 games…hit .351 with two outs in an inning…her .398 career on-base percentage is the sixth best mark in Sacramento State's Div. I era (1990-pres.) and her .301 career batting average is the 17th best mark

ALEXIS MARTINEZ - Sophomore Third Baseman (Honorable Mention)
Second straight season receiving all-Big Sky recognition as she was a first team selection last season…has appeared in 42 games, including 38 starts (29 at catcher, nine at designated player)…finished the regular season batting .274 with seven doubles, three home runs, 21 RBIs, 12 walks and a .361 on-base percentage…against Big Sky pitching, she had 17 RBIs in 21 games…the 17 RBIs in Big Sky play were the second most on the team…second on the team in multiple-RBI games (6), and all six of those games came during conference play…in her third year with the program, as she redshirted in 2013 after suffering a knee injury…has 50 career RBIs in 92 games…her 50 career RBIs are third most on the Sacramento State roster.

SHELBY JOHNSTON - Sophomore Outfielder (Honorable Mention)
Was named honorable mention all-Big Sky this year as a utility player…appeared in 48 games during the regular season, including 45 starts (34 in center field, 11 at designated player)…each of her last 11 starts of the season came at designated player…finished the regular season with a .261 batting average, including 22 runs, seven doubles, a triple, one home run and 21 RBIs…also has a team-high eight stolen bases in nine attempts…has committed just one error in the outfield in 47 total chances (.979 fielding percentage)…hitting .297 with runners in scoring position…hitting .270 in Big Sky play, including a .347 on-base percentage…fifth on the team with 11 multiple-hit games, including a pair of games with at least three hits…34th in the nation in toughest to strike out (one strikeout every 23.7 at-bats).

ZAMARI HINTON - Freshman Second Baseman (Honorable Mention)
The lone Hornet freshman to receive all-Big Sky recognition…appeared in 46 games, including 44 starts at second base…finished the regular season third on the team with a .311 batting average…in 151 at-bats, she has stuck out just six times…is the 27th toughest player in the nation to strike out (one strikeout every 25.2 at-bats)…had four multiple-hit games over her final five games of the regular season, and batted .450 (9-for-20) over that span…in fact, Hinton had multiple-hit games in nine of the last 15 games of the regular season…second on the team with 16 multiple-hit games…has a team-high 15 sacrifices, and is 12th in the nation with an average of 0.33 sacrifices per game…against Big Sky pitching, she batted .333 with 13 runs and just one strikeout in 69 at-bats.