About the Program
Sacramento State Softball Club is a intercollegiate club team and National Club Softball Association member.
We have a exciting softball program (started in 2016) that is committed to being a resource for Sacramento State Hornet students. The foundation of our program is to build character, be self challenging, team achievement oriented, maintain personal development and strong work ethnic, as well as empower and create a safe and positive experience and culture for women who want to continue playing softball competitively at a
collegiate championship level while showing off their Hornet pride.
For those unfamiliar to club sport teams, we are non-athletic scholarship programs and not the intercollegiate NCAA D-1 athletic scholarship varsity level teams most people are familiar with. Sacramento State is proud to offer 18 club sports teams. Our university sports club teams are comprised of highly skilled, talented and competitive group of athletes from all background levels and some of our teams have legit intercollegiate D-1 level talent but yet some of that talent were not as highly recruited. However we are intercollegiate self-funded university club sport teams and compete nationally against the same universities as our NCAA division teams. Club sports offer that unique opportunity for athletes to play for the love of game, compete at a high level, and represent their university. For this, our players embody what it truly means to be a student-athlete. Every club team has a board of officers who are team members and direct the organization in its year to year activities.
As a self-funded club sport program we must rely largely on fundraising and sponsorships to operate our programs. Our softball program is always seeking to build community partnerships with local businesses for sponsorships and support and we thank those who have already contributed to our program. Members of our team are active on campus as well as in the surrounding communities near Sacramento State.
Sacramento as well as the state of California as a whole produces some of the top fast-pitch softball talent in the nation, and we want to attract some of best available players who want to attend our university, become apart of our program and compete for NCSA championships. Our university which sits in the region of the Capital City of our state, has tremendous things such as academics, athletics, student body, campus culture, and great opportunities (i.e connections to our capital, business community, and alumni) to offer any student-athlete. As a program, in each of our first 3 seasons as officially a club team, we accomplished many new achievements in wins, quality of play, team award recognition, and coaching development.
In 2018-19, our 3rd overall season as a program, we finished 2nd in our conference and qualified for the regional playoffs for the first time in our program history. We play in the Pacific-Central Conference which is one of the toughest softball conferences nationally for the National Club Softball Association (NCSA). The NCSA is an organization made up of 26 national conferences and over 160 teams. The entire Pacific Region of the NCSA is split into 3 conferences comprised of a North, Central, and South. The Pacific North includes such schools as Boise State, Gonzaga, Oregon, Eastern Washington, and Washington State. While the Pacific South Conference includes UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, San Diego State, Northern Arizona, Grand Canyon, and Cal-State Fullerton. Also in 2019, the NCSA recognized our team for leading our conference in both best offensive and defensive team statistics.
For the 2019-20 season, the Hornets enter the year poised to make it in the Rawlings NCSA top 20 poll for the first ever in program history. With key returning players led by shortstop Daryn Katsuki, catcher/infielder Sara Knight, and outfielders Jackie Plaza and Sierra Silva all of whom who will be on the watch list for All-Conference and All-American teams. These players will be joined by a new group of highly talented players led by pitchers Brooke Coyne, Erin Powers, and Stephanie Barba. With such a talent crop of players coming in for the Hornets it is exemplary of the a championship level culture and program being built at Sacramento State. We play a strong regular season schedule against other major colleges and universities from across the country including top 40 ranked teams. We will be competing against top tier non-conference opponents (Boise State and San Diego State) and our traditional Pacific Central conference rivals ( UC Davis, San Jose State, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Merced) for the conference title in our schedule and for a chance to earn a spot in the NCSA Softball Regional Playoffs (April 2020) and potentially reach the College Softball World Series in Columbus, Georgia. in May 2020
The Sacramento State Softball Club team practices 3 times a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2pm to 4pm on the campus practice fields and our featured home games are played at Shea Stadium on campus, home of the intercollegiate D-1 softball team.