SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State fourth-year softball head coach Lori Perez announced the signing of a pair of high school seniors to National Letters of Intent today, and each will enroll at the University as freshmen next fall.
The signees are comprised of Foothill High School pitcher Jessica Seely and Martin Luther King High School outfielder Charizma Guzman. Both players are the first to sign with the Hornets for the 2018 softball season.
"I am excited to announce the signing of both Jessica Seely and Charizma Guzman," Perez said. "Both players come in with a strong pedigree of experience in playing for, and competing against, the nation's best teams. They will fit in seamlessly to the culture of our program and will have the opportunity to make a strong impact on the future of our program."
Seely, a 5-foot-8 right-handed pitcher from Palo Cedro, Calif., will enter her fourth season with the varsity squad at Foothill High School in Palo Cedro…one of the more decorated players in the state, Seely had an incredible junior season in which she went 24-1 with a 0.31 ERA, including 244 strikeouts and just 18 walks (13.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio) in 157 innings pitched…that season, she led Foothill High School to a Northern Section Division III championship, an Eastern Athletic-Sac River League title and a 29-1 overall record…was the pitching Triple Crown winner, leading the section in wins, strikeouts and ERA…the list of accolades her junior year are endless as she was named first team all-state by three publications, Cal-Hi Sports Super Elite all-state, the Northern Section MVP, conference MVP, a finalist for Ms. Softball State Player of the Year, NorCal Sports Hour Student-Athlete of the Year and the Record Searchlight softball MVP…she also dominated in the batters box, hitting .510 with 44 runs scored, 10 doubles, eight home runs, 22 stolen bases, 42 RBIs, a .918 slugging percentage and a massive 1.478 ops…during the section semifinals against Las Plumas High School, Seely not only threw a shutout while striking out 11 batters, she also went 5-for-5 with four runs scored, two grand slams and 12 RBIs…as an underclassman, she earned first team all-section, first team all-league and first team all-Record Searchlight honors during both her freshman and sophomore seasons…over her three-year career, she is 51-13 with a 0.91 ERA, including 643 strikeouts and 84 walks in 429.2 innings…she has struck out one hitter every 2.5 batters faced, and has issued one walk every 20.3 batters faced…went 14-7 with a 1.48 ERA and 244 strikeouts as a freshman, and 13-5 with a 1.00 ERA and 157 strikeouts as a sophomore…her career batting average is .450 with 36 doubles, eight triples, 19 home runs, 33 stolen bases, 117 RBIs and a 1.273 ops.
"Jessica is a right handed thrower with an impressive array of pitches in her repertoire," Perez said. "She can strike you out, induce ground-outs and pop-ups, make you guess, and is a competitor on the mound. She is athletic and will field her position well. Jessica has the ability in the circle to be among the best pitchers in our program's history. In addition, she has a strong bat, can hit for power and comes through in RBI situations."
CHARIZMA "DJ" GUZMAN
Guzman, a 5-foot-6 outfielder from Riverside, Calif., played one year of varsity softball team at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside…has played 10 years for Explosion Softball of Riverside…last summer with Explosion, she hit .415 with 35 stolen bases…in 71 games during the 2015 travel ball season, she struck out just five times…played 11 games over two days at the 2015 Triple Crown Tournament…currently on the FloSoftball Class of 2017 Watch List…lone season of high school softball ball was her freshman year…will enter her fourth season as a sprinter on the Martin Luther King HS track and field team…has racked up six gold medals and nine silver medals for the Wolves…last season, she ran the first leg for the 4x100 meter relay team which finished first out of 24 schools at the annual Rancho Bernardo track meet…that 4x100 meter squad has advanced to sections three years in a row…in 2015, she finished second in the Big 8 Conference in both the 100 and 200-meter finals…her personal record in the 100-meter dash is 12.1 seconds, and 25.2 seconds in the 200-meters.
"One of our needs for this class of players was speed, and DJ brings that to our lineup," Perez said. "She is a slap hitter from the left side and can flat out fly around the bases. She will be a threat in the lineup every time with her ability to put pressure on the defense to make quick decisions. By the end of her career, I anticipate she will be among the program's best in stolen bases. Defensively, she can play every outfield position well, has a strong and accurate arm, and is a vocal leader."
The Hornets finished last season with a 28-22 overall record and a 15-6 mark in the Big Sky Conference. The team returns 14 players, including six positional starters and three pitchers. Among the returners are five players that received some form of all-league recognition a year ago.
Sacramento State, which has combined for a 42-16 conference record over the last three years, begins the 2017 season on Feb. 9 at a tournament in Honolulu.
Sacramento State Signees
||Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King HS
||Fr.||5-8||R/R||Palo Cedro, Calif./Foothill HS