SOFTBALL RECEIVES EIGHT ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS; SCHLOREDT, TOMPKINS AND JOHNSON NAMED FIRST TEAM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A school-record eight Sacramento State softball players earned all-Pacific Coast Softball Conference accolades, it was announced today. That includes sophomore catcher Jamie Schloredt, junior shortstop Amy Tompkins and junior outfielder Hilary Johnson each being named to the league’s first team.
Junior third baseman Sherry Clark and senior infielder Amy Jo McKenzie received second team honors, and sophomore pitcher Kayla Meeks, sophomore infielder Whitney Loomis and sophomore outfielder Rachel Miles were each named honorable mention.
The eight players named all-conference sets a new school record, surpassing the previous record of seven, set in 2005. Other than this year and the 2005 season, Sacramento State had never placed more than five players on the all-PCSC team since the league started in 2003. In addition, the three first teamers matched a program record, set last year.
The Hornets just completed a season where the team finished second in the league standings with an 11-8 record. That included winning nine of the last 12 games of the season. Overall, Sacramento State finished 20-33, but heated up during the final three weeks of the season.
Schloredt earned first team honors for the second straight season after leading the Hornets in batting average (.361), home runs (7), RBIs (31), total bases (85), slugging percentage (.590) and on-base percentage (.432). Defensively, she went the entire season behind the plate without committing an error and threw out 18 runners attempting to steal a base. A career .347 hitter, the Woodland, Calif., native has already tied the Sacramento State Div. I (1990-pres.) career record with 13 home runs despite being just a sophomore.
After being named second team all-conference each of her first two years, Johnson received first team accolades this season. The Seaside, Calif., native started 50 games in center and right field, and batted .298 with 15 stolen bases (the second most in the conference and the new program Div. I single-season record). A career .318 hitter, Johnson committed just three errors all season long and batted .351 against league competition.
Tompkins was the only Hornet to start all 53 games this season, with each start coming at shortstop. Overall, Tompkins batted .328 and led the team in at-bats (186), runs (37) and hits (61). She did her most damage against PCSC competition, leading the league with 32 hits and ranking fourth with a .410 batting average. The Salinas, Calif., native was 8-for-12 in stolen base opportunities and her 37 runs scored were the third best mark in Sacramento State’s Div. I single-season history.
A fourth-year senior, McKenzie batted .297 with nine doubles, two home runs and 25 RBIs (second on the team). Against conference competition, she hit .396, the sixth-best mark in the league. After combining to bat just .175 during her first two years with the program, the Elverta, Calif., native batted .308 over her last two seasons. McKenzie started games at first and third base this year, and had the team’s longest hitting streak at nine games.
Against PCSC competition, Clark hit .289 in 15 league games, which included 10 of her 13 hits going for extra bases. In fact, she had nine doubles, one home run and seven RBIs over that span. The nine doubles were the most in the conference, two more than any other player. Through April 10, the transfer from Solano Junior College was hitting just .093. However, over her final 16 games, she batted .298 with 10 doubles, one home run, seven RBIs and a .574 slugging percentage.
In her first season with the Hornets after transferring from Loyola Marymount, Meeks performed well with both the bat (.298 with nine doubles, one triple, three home runs and 15 RBIs) and in the pitchers circle (12-12 with a 3.26 ERA and 20 complete games in 26 starts). After beginning the year with a 2-7 record, Meeks completed the last six weeks of the season by going 10-5 with a 2.52 ERA. That included allowing just one run in each her last four starts.
In just her second season with the Hornets, Loomis hit .293 with six doubles, two triples, four home runs, 24 RBIs, a .515 slugging percentage and a .374 on-base percentage. Against conference competition, the Sacramento native averaged more than one RBI per game, finishing with 20 RBIs in 17 games. In fact, Loomis’ 20 RBIs against league opposition were three more than any other player in the conference.
Miles, who hails from Antelope, Calif., hit .300 against league competition with four doubles and five runs scored. Overall, she started 43 games in left field and one at catcher, and hit .274 with eight doubles, one home run, 15 RBIs (tied for fifth best on the team) and a .331 on-base percentage.