Tuesday, April 20, 2021
By Sydney Roll, staff writer
Hey there, sports fans!

This week in sports, Sacramento State's women's basketball team announced former assistant women's basketball coach for the Oregon Ducks as its pick for new head coach. The Hornet baseball team found a ray of hope after they won their final game against Seattle University, putting a positive spin on an overall losing weekend. Watch an interview with Alondra Mejia, who recently set Sac State's record for most home runs in a single softball game. Plus, our athlete of the week was just announced as Big Sky Conference's "Player of the Year" in golf, and more. 

Sac State women’s basketball makes splash hire of Mark Campbell

Oregon women’s basketball associate head coach Mark Campbell instructs players at a practice on October 7,2015. Sac State women’s basketball made a splash hire with the naming of Mark Campbell, who once helped lead University of Oregon to the final four, as the program’s next head coach.(Steven Ahn/Daily Emerald)
Mark Campbell, former assistant coach of women’s basketball for the University of Oregon has been named the new head coach of Sac State’s women’s basketball team. During Campbell’s tenure with Oregon, he helped lead the Ducks to several accolades, including maintaining a top-10 seed in the west for 5 seasons. 

“It is an honor to be named the next head coach for Sacramento State’s women’s basketball program,” Campbell said in a Hornet Athletics press release. “I’m looking forward to working with each of [the players], my staff and the department as we work hard to build a championship culture.”

Read more about Campbell’s transition from Oregon Duck to Sac State Hornet

Sac State baseball snaps 3-game losing streak, salvages series versus Seattle University

Sac State baseball player second year Ryan Tinsley pitches the ball during the game against Seattle University on Sunday, April 18, 2021. Sac State won the game by the score of 11-4. Madelaine Church
After three consecutive defeats, the Hornet baseball team managed to secure a win in the last game of their series run against Seattle University at John Smith Field on Sunday, with a final score of 11-4. The victory was a welcome one for Sac State's players, who were kept scoreless for the first 24 innings of the series. 

“We came into today knowing we need to focus on today and not worry about yesterday, and once we scored that one run, that elephant got off our backs,” catcher Dawsen Bacho said postgame.

For more details on Sac State managed to turn things around for one final triumph, read our recap of last weekend's series

Hornets’ softball junior Mejia sets school home run record

“I was in the zone,” said junior softball player Alondra Mejia about beating Sac State’s all-time record for most home runs in a single game.

Not only did Mejia's total of three home runs garner her the record, but it also meant victory for the Hornets in their game against the Montana Grizzlies on Saturday, April 3.

Watch this if you want to know how Mejia reacted to the news of her record-breaking performance.

Jennifer Koga

Women's Golf
FILE PHOTO: Freshman golfer Jennifer Koga poses for a photo at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Koga was awarded "Freshman of the Year" and "Player of the Year" by the Big Sky Conference Friday. Deanna Sanchez
Freshman golfer Jennifer Koga is making a quick name for herself as a top competitor at Sac State, having been awarded "Freshman of the Year" as well as "Player of the Year" by Big Sky Conference in their announcement made on Friday. Koga is the third woman to be given both titles in the same season, another being fellow teammate Tess Blair. If Koga maintains her scoring average this season, she will be on track to break Sac State's all-time single-season record, which was also set by Blair last year, according to Sac State Athletics

Though Koga was initially unsure of how she would rank among her teammates due to her unique playing style, her performance in the first season of her college career has proven that she is able to harness her talents to achieve great accolades. 

"I was just able to walk on to these tournaments with the utmost confidence that I could produce a good score, and even if I’m not the longest hitter I can still get low scores,” Koga said in a profile with The State Hornet. 

To find out more about how Koga's upbringing groomed her for golfing greatness, read this
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