SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State fifth-year softball head coach Lori Perez announced the signing of four high school seniors to National Letters of Intent today, and each will enroll at the University as freshmen next fall.
The signees are comprised of Knight High School middle infielder Shea Graves, Santiago High School first baseman/outfielder Alondra Mejia, Sierra Canyon High School pitcher Alyssa Nunez and Bella Vista High School catcher/third baseman Katelyn Snow.
"This year's signing class embodies the spirit of Hornet softball," Perez said. "They are competitive by nature, they are good students, and they are excited to wear the Hornet uniform. We are looking forward to them joining our team next fall and being a part of our culture."
Graves, a 5-foot-5 middle infielder from Palmdale, Calif., will enter her fourth season with the varsity squad at Knight High School in Palmdale…part of a Hawks team that has combined for a 72-14 overall record and a 40-2 mark in the Golden League over the last three seasons…that includes a pair of undefeated league championships (14-0) in 2016 and 2017…advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF Div. III Southern Section playoffs each of those seasons…her freshman team went 12-2 in league and advanced to the second round of sections…played both shortstop and center field for the Hawks…a two-time first team all-league and all-area selection after hitting above .500 each of the last two years…as s junior, she hit .510 (51-for-100) with 16 home runs, nine doubles, four triples, seven stolen bases and 37 RBIs…as a sophomore, she batted .514 (54-for-105) with 47 runs, 13 doubles, four triples, 10 stolen bases and 33 RBIs…has played four years for the So Cal Choppers of Santa Clarita, Calif…in 2015, she was part of the Chopper team that won the Platinum national title at the Triple Crown/USA Nationals…Graves and 12 of her travel ball teammates, including fellow Sacramento State signee Alyssa Nunez, have committed to play at Div. I institutions.
Perez quote: "We are thrilled that Shea will be joining us next season. She is an extremely athletic shortstop who will make plays that will excite our fans. She is very competitive and wants to have the ball in her hands when the game is on the line. Shea has taken off offensively in the last two years and will fit well into our lineup."
Mejia, a 5-foot-8 first baseman/outfielder from Corona, Calif., will enter her fourth season with the varsity team at Santiago High School in Corona…has helped the Sharks to a three-year combined record of 72-17-1 overall and 25-4-1 in the Big VIII League…the team has finished first or second in league all three years, including an undefeated record (10-0) during her freshman season…last year's team advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF Div. I Southern Section playoffs…played at first base every year for the Sharks…for her career, she is hitting .371 with a .411 on-base percentage, .550 slugging percentage, .962 ops and 44 RBIs in 67 games…has committed just three errors during her career…hit better than .400 during both her freshman and junior seasons…last season, Mejia batted .404 (19-for-47) with three doubles, a triple, two homers and 12 RBIs…as a freshman, she went 3-for-3 with two singles and the game-winning home run in the team's first round win at sections…played travel ball for the Corona Angels where she helped the team to a 2017 Ultimate Challenge championship and a first place finish at the Tournament of Champions…hit over .500 and led the team in RBIs at the PGF Nationals…all of her travel ball teammates have committed to playing for a Div. I institution.
Perez quote: "At the end of this year, we lose two left-handed bats in our lineup, and Alondra is the perfect fit to fill those spots. She is a pure hitter who can hit to all fields and has a great eye at the plate. Alondra is a first baseman by trait, but might see time in the outfield as well. We are excited to see what she will do against Big Sky competition."
Nunez, a 5-foot-10 right-handed pitcher from Stevenson Ranch, Calif., will enter her fourth season on the varsity team at Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, Calif…helped the Trailblazers to a three-year combined record of 63-26-3 overall, and 29-6-1 in Gold Coast League play…the team has won the Gold Coast League title each of the last two seasons, including an 11-1 mark last year…Sierra Canyon has reached at least the quarterfinal round of the CIF Div. VI Southern Section playoff each year, which includes falling in the championship game a year ago…a three-time all-league selection, including first team as a freshman and junior, and second team as a sophomore…Nunez has been prolific in the circle and in the batters box…for her career, she is 34-11 with a 1.75 ERA, which includes 42 starts, 31 complete games, 17 shutouts and 372 strikeouts in 267.2 innings pitched…has a 7.4-to-1 career strikeout-to walk ratio (372 strikeouts, 50 walks)…at the plate, in 89 career games, she has a batting average of .450 (104-for-282) with 104 runs scored, 30 doubles, 11 triples, 17 home runs, 92 RBIs, a .503 on-base percentage and a massive 1.319 ops…struck out 142 batters as a freshman, which is the school's single-season record…last year, she went 11-3 with a 1.31 ERA, seven shutouts and two perfect games while also batting .411 with seven homers and 39 RBIs in 33 games…has played travel ball for the So Cal Firecrackers, So Cal Choppers and So Cal Explosion…played on the Choppers with fellow Sacramento State signee Shea Graves.
Perez quote: "Alyssa is a right-handed pitcher who has so many upsides. She can mix speeds and keep batters off balance. She has good command of her pitches and will make the ball move in the strike zone. Alyssa has competed at a high level, and I look forward to watching her development once she is with us next fall."
A local product, Snow, who is a 5-foot-3 catcher/third baseman from Orangevale, will enter her fourth season as a varsity starter at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks…has primarily played at catcher, but also plays at third base…helped the Broncos to a three-year combined record of 58-28-1 overall and 28-15 in the Capital Valley Conference…the Broncos have qualified for the CIF Div. II Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs each year, which includes falling in the championship game of the 2016 tournament…was the starting catcher in that championship game…a three-time honorable mention all-conference selection…in 85 career games, she is batting .296 (72-for-243) with 19 doubles, nine home runs, a .502 slugging percentage and 82 RBIs…averaging nearly one RBI per game during high school career…led the team with 29 RBIs during both her freshman and junior seasons, and the 29 RBIs last year led the league…had a 1.000 fielding percentage as a sophomore and has committed just four errors in 376 total chances during her career (.989 fielding percentage)…has thrown out 72 percent of runners attempting to steal (32 attempts, 23 caught stealing)…played travel ball for the All American Softball Academy, and most recently, the Stingers Softball team out of Sacramento.
Perez quote: "Katelyn is a local product that we have followed for quite a while. She has a great build for a catcher and has a strong arm behind the plate. We are looking forward to seeing her shut down our opponents running game. She also has a strong bat and will drive runners in with her power."
The Hornets, who finished last season with a 21-28-1 overall record and a 10-10 mark in the Big Sky Conference, return 14 players, including seven positional starters and three pitchers for the upcoming season. Over the last four years, the team is 52-26 during Big Sky play.
Sacramento State Signees
|Shea Graves||MI||Fr.||5-5||R/R||Palmdale, Calif./Knight HS|
|Alondra Mejia||1B/OF||Fr.||5-8||L/L||Corona, Calif./Santiago HS|
|Alyssa Nunez||P||Fr.||5-10||R/R||Stevenson Ranch, Calif./Sierra Canyon HS|
|Katelyn Snow||C/3B||Fr.||5-3||R/R||Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista HS|