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SOFTBALL SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH EIGHT NFCA SCHOLAR-ATHLETES

SOFTBALL SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH EIGHT NFCA SCHOLAR-ATHLETES

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.