CABRERA EARNS PCSC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State junior Izmena Cabrera was named the Pacific Coast Softball Conference (PCSC) Player of the Week after helping the Hornets secure the league championship with a four-game sweep of San Diego last weekend.
Cabrera put together an incredible week in which she hit .786 (11-for-14) with six runs, three doubles, one triple and 10 RBIs. The left fielder had at least two hits and two RBIs in every game during the series, and finished the week with a 1.143 slugging percentage.
A native of Vacaville, Calif., and a transfer from the College of Charleston, Cabrera was retired just three times during the week, and nearly averaged one RBI per at-bat (10 RBIs in 14 at-bats).
Sacramento State, which finished the regular season with a 32-19 overall record and a 14-6 mark in the PCSC, won the league’s regular season championship and will now receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals, which begin on Friday, May 16. The Hornets will learn who and where they will play this Sunday, May 11.
As a team, Sacramento State has now accounted for seven PCSC Player or Pitcher of the Week awards this season. For Cabrera, it was her first of the year. She joins catcher Jamie Schloredt (April 29, April 14 and Feb. 20), second baseman Whitney Loomis (March 19), and pitchers Kayla Meeks (March 13) and Brittani Clifford (March 4).
In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against San Diego, Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a run, double and four RBIs. She followed that up in the nightcap with a 3-for-4 performance that included two runs, two doubles and two RBIs.
On Sunday, Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a run, two RBIs, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly in the first game, and returned in the second game to go 2-for-4 with two runs, a triple and two RBIs. The triple was her first of the season and four of her 11 hits during the week went for extra bases.
Cabrera has started all 51 games in left field during the regular season, and she ranks first in the conference with 52 RBIs, and 16th in the nation with an average of 1.02 RBIs per game. Overall, she is batting .374 with a .433 on-base percentage, 13 doubles and eight home runs. The 52 RBIs obliterated the Sacramento State single-season record, surpassing the previous mark of 42, set by Schloredt in 2006.
Sacramento State will be making its third NCAA Regional appearance since joining the Div. I ranks in 1990 (1993, 1995, 2008). In addition, the Hornets won their first conference championship during the Div. I era after finishing in second place four times previously.