SACRAMENTO – Sacramento State sophomore outfielder Suzy Brookshire and senior pitcher Celina Matthias were both named all-Pacific Region, it was announced today by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Brookshire was named to the second team while Matthias earned third team honors.
Both players played huge roles in Sacramento State's Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament championships. The Hornets (31-18) will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008 on Friday when the team opens double-elimination Regional play at UCLA on Friday at 8 p.m. That game will be televised live on ESPN2.
It marks the first time since the 2009 season that Sacramento State has seen two players named all-region in the same season. Matthas, who was named to the third team in 2016, and Brookshire, who was named third team a year ago, become just the fifth and sixth Hornets in the Div. I era (1990-pres.) to be named all-region multiple times. Caitlin Brooks (2014, 2015), Jamie Schloredt (2008, 2009), Lindy Winkler (2003, 2006 and Susie Bugliarello (1995, 1996, 1997) also accomplished the feat.
Brookshire is the first position player in Sacramento State Div. I history to be named all-region in back-to-back years. In addition, she becomes the first Hornet to be named all-region during both her freshman and sophomore seasons.
Brookshire was named Big Sky Conference MVP and Big Sky Tournament MVP this season, becoming just the second player in conference history to win both awards in the same season. The Hollister, Calif., native has put together a monster season in which she set the program record for home runs with 17, surpassing the previous record of 15, a mark she set last year as a freshman.
Bookshire is currently batting .379 with 45 runs scored, 13 doubles, 17 homers, 50 RBIs, 121 total bases, 26 walks, an .834 slugging percentage and a .468 on-base percentage. She is also 4-for-4 in stolen base opportunities and has started all 49 games in left field. She had a 17-game hitting streak earlier this year, and ranks among the top three players in the Big Sky in average, runs, homers, doubles, RBIs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.
Matthias, a fourth-year senior, has established herself as one of the best pitchers in program history. Named the Big Sky's Pitcher of the Year for the second time (2016), Matthias is currently 20-9 with a 1.95 ERA. In 40 appearances, she has 26 starts, 22 complete games, six shutouts, five saves and 203 strikeouts in 204.1 innings. In addition, opponents are hitting just .208 when she is in the circle.
The Elk Grove, Calif., native leads the Big Sky in wins, appearances, ERA, strikeouts, strikeouts looking (64) and opponents batting average. She also ranks second in innings and saves. She earned Big Sky Pitcher of the Week honors three times this season, and has earned the win or the save in 25 of the Hornets' 31 wins. Earlier this year, she became just the third Sacramento State pitcher in the Div. I era to record 50 career wins, and currently has career marks of 58-43 with a 2.98 ERA.