Video of the ceremony and interview with Winkler
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Former Sacramento State softball standout and All-American Lindy Winkler will have her number (No. 3) retired in between the first and second games of the Hornets' doubleheader against CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, March 15. Saturday will mark just the second time a Hornet softball player's number will be retired.
The doubleheader against Bakersfield begins at noon, and the ceremony will take place about 5-10 minutes after the first game ends. Winkler becomes the fourth Sacramento State player from any sport to have their jersey retired, joining Susie Bugliarello (No. 17; softball), Kristy Ryan (No. 21; women's basketball) and Vince Beall (No. 23; baseball).
Winkler was the team's starting center fielder four straight seasons from 2003-06. A five-tool player, Winkler started all 222 games in which she appeared, and missed just two games during her entire career. As a senior in 2006, she earned second team All-American, Pacific Coast Softball Conference Player of the Year, and first team all-West Region honors after batting a program-record .434 with 17 doubles, five triples, five home runs, 11 stolen bases and a .497 on-base percentage. The .434 average was also the 12th best mark in the nation.
She is one of just four softball players in school history to earn All-America honors during the Div. I era (1990-pres.), and was a four-time all-conference selection as well (including first team on three occasions). In addition, she received second team all-region honors as a freshman. A career .358 hitter, Winkler is the program's Div. I era career leader in at-bats (732), runs (140), hits (262) and triples (17). She also ranks second in stolen bases (32), third in batting average and fifth in doubles (35).
The Hornets won at least 30 games all four years of her career, and she still holds Sacramento State Div. I single-season records in batting average (.434), runs (47), hits (76) and triples (7). Winkler, who was also one of the top defensive players in school history, committed just five errors during her four-year career, including an errorless season as a senior. Her 21 outfield assists are the second most in school history.
Professionally, Winkler is one of seven softball players in school history to play professionally, as she won a National Pro Fastpitch League championship as a starting outfielder with the New England Riptide in the summer of 2006.
Sacramento State (8-10) will play five times this week, including a doubleheader on the road at Nevada on Wednesday, and this weekend's three-game series with Bakersfield. After Saturday's doubleheader, the Hornets and Roadrunners will play a single game on Sunday at 11 a.m.