SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Former Sacramento State softball standout and 1981 National Player of the Year Joanne English will have her number (#21) retired in between the first and second games of the Hornets' doubleheader against Montana on Saturday, April 8. English will become just the third Hornet softball player to have her number retired.
The doubleheader against Montana on April 8 will begin at noon, and the ceremony will take place about five minutes after the first game concludes. English joins Lindy Winkler (#3) and Susie Bugliarello (#17) as the three softball players to have their jersey retired by Sacramento State. English's number will now accompany Bugliarello and Winkler's number on the right field wall at Shea Stadium. Bugliarello had her number retired in 2005, and Winkler in 2014.
The announcement was made by head coach Lori Perez at Sacramento State's 50-Year Reunion on Saturday at the Alumni Center.
English, a right-handed pitcher who starred for the Hornets from 1978-81, was a two-time first team All-American, three-time Golden State Conference Pitcher of the year and four-time first team all-league selection. During the Hornets' 1981 national championship season, English was the recipient of the Broderick Award, given to the nation's top Div. II player.
At the 1981 national tournament, English posted a 7-0 record with a 0.43 ERA, earning each of Sacramento State's seven victories during the event. She tossed three complete games during the final day of the tournament (including back-to-back shutouts of C.W. Post of New York to clinch the championship) after earning a 13-inning victory over Northeast Missouri State the previous evening.
In 1981, she set Sacramento State single-season records with 27 wins and 294 innings pitched. The 294 innings remains the top mark in school history.
During English's four seasons, Sacramento State combined to go 117-49 overall and 49-7 in Golden State Conference play while winning the 1981 national championship, two league titles and earning a No. 3 ranking in the final 1980 national poll.
English wore a different number every year of her career, but the #21 was worn during her senior year, which coincided with the team's run to a national title.
Sacramento State will begin the 2017 season on Thursday, Feb. 9, at a tournament in Honolulu. The Hornets will take on Oregon State and host Hawai'i on the first day of the tournament, and will play six games over three days.
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