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BROOKS RECEIVES ALL-REGION ACCOLADES FOR THE SECOND TIME

BROOKS RECEIVES ALL-REGION ACCOLADES FOR THE SECOND TIME

NFCA All-Region Teams

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For the second consecutive year, Sacramento State senior pitcher Caitlin Brooks received all-Pacific Region accolades when she was named to the third team, it was announced today by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

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 27 at 2 p.m. PDT).

Last week, Brooks was selected as the Big Sky Conference Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season, while also garnering first team all-conference accolades for the third straight year.

Brooks was a second team all-Pacific Region selection last year and becomes just the fourth Sacramento State player in the Div. I era (1990-pres.), and second pitcher, to receive all-region accolades on more than one occasion. She joins catcher Jamie Schloredt (2008, 2009), outfielder Lindy Winkler (2003, 2006) and pitcher Susie Bugliarello (1995, 1996, 1997). Brooks also became the first Hornet to garner first team all-league honors three consecutive years since Schloredt did it four straight years in the PCSC from 2006-09.

Brooks completed the season with a 15-7 record and a 2.99 ERA. In 27 appearances (26 starts), the right-hander compiled 17 complete games, four shutouts and 177 strikeouts over 142.2 innings. Opponents hit .205 when Brooks was in the circle, and she allowed just 105 hits in those 142.2 innings. In fact, her average of 8.7 strikeouts per seven innings rank as the 27th best mark in the nation while she also allowed just 5.15 hits per seven innings.

In Big Sky 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. She was named Big Sky Pitcher of the Week three times during the season, and has won the weekly award a conference-record 12 times during her career.

Brooks will leave Sacramento State as one of the program's top pitchers. Among Hornet Div. I career leaders, she ranks third in wins (45), strikeouts (494), opponents batting average (.207) and strikeouts per seven innings (7.23), fifth in shutouts (15), sixth in innings pitched (478.0) and seventh in complete games (51). She finished her career 45-26 with a 2.64 ERA.

Brooks helped lead the Hornets to a 28-26 overall record and a 15-6 mark in the Big Sky. The Hornets finished second in the final league standings, just two games out of first place. Sacramento State saw its season come to an end last weekend with a loss to Weber State in the Big Sky Tournament championship game.