SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State had a program-record eight players from the 2015 roster receive the Scholar-Athlete Award from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) after recording a 3.5 gpa or better during the 2014-15 academic year.
The eight Hornet selections easily surpasses the original program record of five, set during the 2007 season. The awards mark the 10th time in the last 11 years Sacramento State has received at least two NFCA Scholar-Athlete selections.
The eight players to receive the honor were seniors Caitlin Brooks, Paige Castro, Alexa Chattleton, Nicole Clark and Paris Prado, juniors Jennifer Hartman and Kayla Papez, as well as freshman Cassidy Martin. Of the Hornets' six seniors on the 2015 roster, five received the award.
In addition, Castro (photography), Chattleton (communication studies), Clark (communication studies) and Prado (communication studies) graduated during the spring, and Brooks is on pace to graduate this fall with a kinesiology degree.
Hartman earned the award for the second time of her career (2013), while the other seven players each received the honor for the first time.
Of the eight players, four received some form of all-conference recognition last year (Brooks, Chattleton, Clark, Castro) while Brooks was the Big Sky Conference Pitcher of the Year, third team all-Pacific Region and first team all-conference.
Each of the eight players contributed to a 2015 season that saw the Hornets post a 28-26 overall record and a 15-6 mark in the Big Sky. Sacramento State advanced to the championship game of the Big Sky's postseason tournament, narrowly missing an automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals.
NOTE: The softball program entered the 2015-16 academic year with a team grade point average of 3.08.
October 6, 2015 SOFTBALL SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH EIGHT NFCA SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
July 24, 2015 SOFTBALL SIGNS ALL-STATE PITCHER TAYLOR TESSIER
May 6, 2015 SOFTBALL BEGINS BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP ON THURSDAY
April 27, 2015 BROOKS EARNS 12TH CAREER BIG SKY PITCHER OF THE WEEK AWARD
April 18, 2015 SOFTBALL FALLS AT HOME TO IDAHO STATE, 7-2
April 15, 2015 SOFTBALL FALLS AT PACIFIC IN FINAL NON-LEAGUE GAME
April 13, 2015 MATTHIAS AND MARGULIES SWEEP BIG SKY SOFTBALL WEEKLY AWARDS
April 2, 2015 SOFTBALL TAKES PERFECT LEAGUE RECORD TO SOUTHERN UTAH
March 20, 2015 SOFTBALL SWEEPS NORTHERN COLORADO TO OPEN BIG SKY PLAY
March 18, 2015 SOFTBALL SPLITS A HOME DOUBLEHEADER WITH NEVADA
March 10, 2015 SOFTBALL FALLS AT UC DAVIS, SETS SIGHTS ON 14-GAME HOMESTAND
February 28, 2015 SOFTBALL ERASES EARLY DEFICIT IN 5-4 WIN OVER COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
February 27, 2015 SOFTBALL SPLITS A PAIR ON FIRST DAY OF NORTHRIDGE TOURNAMENT
February 26, 2015 SOFTBALL TO PLAY FIVE GAMES OVER THREE DAYS IN NORTHRIDGE
February 24, 2015 SOFTBALL POUNDS OUT 12 HITS, BUT FALLS AT HOME TO PACIFIC, 8-6
February 21, 2015 SOFTBALL DROPS A PAIR IN HOME OPENER AGAINST SAINT MARY’S
February 19, 2015 SOFTBALL HOSTS SAINT MARY'S ON SATURDAY IN HOME OPENER
February 15, 2015 MARGULIES WALKOFF AND BROOKS GEM LEAD SOFTBALL TO WIN VS. UC RIVERSIDE
February 14, 2015 SOFTBALL DROPS A PAIR OF EXTRA INNING GAMES IN FRESNO
February 13, 2015 SOFTBALL DROPS 6-0 DECISION TO #23 CALIFORNIA
February 13, 2015 SOFTBALL OPENS FRESNO TOURNEY WITH 6-2 LOSS TO UC DAVIS
February 12, 2015 SOFTBALL TRAVELS TO FRESNO FOR FIVE GAMES OVER THREE DAYS
February 7, 2015 MARTIN’S 3-RUN BLAST DELIVERS SOFTBALL A 4-1 WIN AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
February 6, 2015 SOFTBALL DROPS SEASON OPENER AT LONG BEACH STATE
February 6, 2015 SOFTBALL PICKS UP FIRST WIN, DEFEATS NORTHWESTERN STATE, 4-2
February 5, 2015 SOFTBALL OPENS SEASON FRIDAY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
January 28, 2015 SOFTBALL SELECTED SECOND IN THE BIG SKY PRESEASON COACHES POLL
November 13, 2014 SOFTBALL SIGNS ALAS, CORR, DIAZ, MOORE, RASMUSSEN AND STRONG
October 3, 2014 SOFTBALL RELEASES ITS 2015 SCHEDULE
September 26, 2014 SACRAMENTO STATE WOMEN’S ATHLETICS TO HOST OKTOBERFEST ON OCT. 4