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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
By Sydney Roll, staff writer
Hey there, sports fans!

This week in sports, women's golf has been seeded second to last going into the NCAA Division I tournament. Sacramento State's softball team ended its regular season with a series loss against Southern Utah, and one player achieved an all-time record. With only four more games to go in the Western Athletic Conference, the Hornet baseball team split its series against California Baptist. Also, the results are in! We are highlighting the top three athletes at Sac State as voted by you. Plus, our athlete of the week set Sac State's all-time record for most home runs in a single calendar day and more!

Sac State women’s golf team ranked as 17th seed in NCAA regional tournament

Sac State freshman Jennifer Koga practices putting at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex on March 17, 2020. Koga was +18 for the Big Sky Tournament but had a much-improved final round, shooting a 4-over 76 and helping the Hornets clinch the Big Sky Conference Championship. Deanna Sanchez
Sac State's women's golf team was assigned the 17th seed out of 18 going into the NCAA Division I tournament at Stanford. The team, which took home a big win for itself at the Big Sky Tournament in April, doesn't expect its low ranking to affect how it plays.

“We’re going to respect everyone on the field, but we don’t want to be afraid of anybody,” said women's golf coach David Sutherland. “From my perspective that’s the most important thing. There is no guarantee to who those six teams are that will get through this region, believe me.”  

Learn more about the Hornet's strategy going into next week's tournament

Sac State softball ends regular season with 1-2 series loss to Southern Utah

Sophomore third baseman Lewa Day secures a run for the Hornets against Southern Utah University at Kathryn Berg Field in the first game of the doubleheader on Friday, May 7, 2021. Day hit four home runs during the games held Friday, setting a record for most home runs hit by one player in one calendar day in program history. Photo Credit: Joey DeGraaf and the Southern Utah University athletic department.
Despite an impressive showing in the first game of the series, the Sac State softball team ended its regular season with a 1-2 loss against Southern Utah. The inaugural game was a well earned 11-1 victory for the team, as it scored five runs and two home runs in the first. However, the second and third games of the series were narrowly taken by Southern Utah with final scores of 11-8 and 7-5, respectively. 

The Hornets are now ranked third going into their next series against the Montana Grizzlies in the Big Sky Conference next weekend. 

Find out how one player, Lewa Day came out of this losing weekend an all-time record winner.

Sac State baseball splits road series with California Baptist University

(File photo) Martin Vincelli-Simard crosses home plate following a home run against Texas State on February 28, 2021. The Hornets split their series against California Baptist University despite hitting six home runs over the weekend. James Fife
Sac State's baseball team went toe-to-toe in a four game series against California Baptist last weekend, splitting the four-game series 2-2. The Hornets find themselves sitting tentatively at number three in the Western Athletic Conference rankings, though with four games left in the conference it doesn't seem that they will climb much higher.

Some individual players had an exceptional weekend, like sophomore pitcher Travis Adams who threw a complete game and only allowed one run over nine innings. Senior Matt Smith, who leads in the WAC rankings, raised his batting average to .388. 

Check out our coverage of how the Hornets split the series against California Baptist

Best of Sac State 2021

The results are in! Our readers have named Arath Chavez and Matt Smith as the best male athletes at Sac State and Alondra Mejia as best female athlete. 

Arath Chavez was a beloved and accomplished member of the men's soccer team who died unexpectedly in January. Chavez's kind and joyful spirit left behind an honorable legacy that lives on in the memory of his friends, family and teammates. 

Senior outfielder Matt Smith has certainly made a name for himself at Sac State. On top of earning the Western Athletic Conference's title of "Hitter of the Week" twice in this season. Smith also became the all-time hits (262) and runs (153) leader for the baseball program. 

Junior Alondra Mejia, first base for the Sac State softball team, was selected as female athlete of the year. During the 2021 season, Mejia made history when she hit the three home runs in a single game, an all-time record for the program. On top of that, Mejia's batting average of .311 is the second highest on her team, and she has the most put outs to her name for the season with a total of 201. 

Want to know what else Sac State voted as best of 2021? Read this complete recap

Lewa Day

Softball
Lewa Day gets ready for a pitch from Santa Clara University during the Capital Classic at the Shea Stadium at Sacramento State on March 5, 2021. Lewa Day is a third base player for the Hornets softball team. Deanna Sanchez
Sophomore Lewa Day, third base, was named the Big Sky "Player of the Week" after hitting four home runs and getting 10 RBIs in a double-header against Southern Utah last weekend. Day now holds Sac State's all-time record for most home runs in a single calendar day.

Read more about Day's journey to college athletics, and why her former coach predicted that one day he'd "see her name in the Sac State record books."
Thursday
Softball vs. Montana
11 a.m.
Friday
Baseball
at University of San Francisco
3 p.m.
Saturday
Track & Field at Big Sky Championship TBA
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