2005 Softball stories

5/20/05
Stokx, Neves, Lundberg Second Team All-West
Three Chico State softball players, seniors Katie Stokx and Amber Neves and sophomore Chelsea Lundberg, were named Second Team All-West Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Lundberg led the 2005 Wildcats (33-16), who made it into the championship game of the West Regional, with a .368 batting average. She was tops on the team in hits (57), RBI (32), extra base hits (22), home runs (8), and slugging percentage (.619).

Stokx led the pitching staff with 28 pitching appearances, a 1.82 ERA, 142 strikeouts, and 19 complete games, including seven shutouts. Stokx was also a hot bat, with the second highest average on the team (.349), second most hits (51), and second most extra base hits (18).

Neves' .333 batting average was third best, behind Lundberg and Stokx and she led the team with 15 stolen bases in 16 attempts.

5/17/05
Four Wildcats named to All-CCAA Teams
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.– Sophomore first baseman Chelsea Lundberg was named to the All-CCAA First Team by a recent vote of the softball coaches. Pitcher Kris Paese, outfielder Amber Neves, and at-large honoree Katie Stokx were all named All-CCA Second Team.

Lundberg's slugging percentage of .619 and her eight home runs were second best among all CCAA players. Her.368 batting average was fourth best in the league, as were her 96 total bases.

Paese finished the year at 16-6 with a 2.15 ERA. She was fourth best in the league in strikeouts (130) and opposing batting average (.233), and her 16 wins were fifth best.

Stokx received at-large honors for her efforts on the mound and at the plate. Batters hit just .184 against her, second best in the league. She was third in strikeouts at 142 and her 1.82 ERA was fourth best.. Her .349 batting average was seventh best among all players and her 13 doubles put her fifth on the list.

Neves' .333 batting average put her at number ten among all players and her 15 stolen bases was seventh best.

5/15/05
Amazing softball season ends in frustrating fashion
Defense thwarts 'Cats attempt to advance to NCAA Division II Softball World Series for second straight day
CARSON, Calif.– The Chico State softball team had a season that will go down as one of the best in the history of the program. But the last two days have been two of the most frustrating. With a berth in the NCAA Division II Softball World Series on the line, Chico State's defense committed three errors, leading to three unearned runs, in a 3-1 loss to San Francisco State in the Western Regional title game Sunday.

Katie Stokx pitched a complete-game three-hitter – her fifth route-going effort in four days. But for the second day in a row, her defense struggled mightily. All three errors occurred during San Francisco State's three-run second inning. On Saturday, the Wildcats gave up three unearned runs to San Francisco State in the bottom of the third inning, forcing Sunday's affair.

Sunday's three second-inning runs were enough for Regional Tournament MVP Sonja Garnett (30-8), who scattered seven hits on the way to her fifth win in the tournament.

Chico State mustered one final rally in the seventh when Tera Hoppe and Danielle Bera singled around a poor defensive decision that allowed Jennifer Chacon to reach base safely. Meghan Farnham's fielder's choice plated one run, but Garnett got Nickie Jarrett to ground out to end the game.

The Wildcats finished the season with a 33-16 record. The win total is the third highest in the program's history and the second best in the past 25 years.

Allison Shirley and Bera shared game-high honors with two hits apiece, while SFSU’s Vanessa Rodrique and Nicole Hartfield paced the Gators with a hit and RBI each.

Stokx, who would have undoubtedly been named the MVP, was joined by fellow Wildcats Chelsea Lundberg and Chacon on the All-Tournament team.

2005 ALL-WEST REGIONAL TEAM

Position Player Team
Catcher Jenny CHACON Chico State
INF Chelsea LUNDBERG Chico State
INF Kate GRODEN Cal State Dominguez Hills
INF Vanessa RODRIQUE San Francisco State
INF Cindy PERRY Cal State Dominguez Hills
OF Christy WANKEL Montana St.-Billings
OF Jennifer WILSON Cal State Dominguez Hills
OF Kristin BARTHOLAMAY San Francisco State
P Sonja GARNETT San Francisco State
P Katie STOKX Chico State
DP Linda REYES Cal State Dominguez Hills
At Large Joey EHNES Montana St.-Billings
At Large Chrissy HILDEBRANDT San Francisco State

MVP Sonja GARNETT San Francisco State

5/14/05
Unearned runs come back to hurt Wildcats; SF State forces final game for regional title
CARSON, Calif. _ The Chico State softball team gave up three unearned run to San Francisco State in the bottom of the third inning of the championship game of the NCAA Softball Tournament West Regional. The Wildcats, undefeated going into the contest, lost 3-2, and now must beat the Gators at noon on Sunday to advance to the National Championship in Salem, Virginia.

It was the second meeting between these two teams at the regional. Chico (33-15) won the first match-up yesterday 1-0 to force the Gators (40-19) to beat Montana Billings earlier today to advance to the championship game.

The Wildcats held a 1-0 lead after the top of the first inning when Katie Stokx’s long fly ball to center field scored Megan Farnham, who opened the game with a base hit to right center. Nickie Jarrett sacrificed her to second and Allie Shirley sent her to third on a single to right field.

Pitcher Stokx, who was 3-0 against San Francisco this season coming into the game, looked sharp from the start, retiring seven of the first nine batters she faced. But with two outs and no one on in the third, the Gators put together back-to-back hits from the top of the order and a walk loaded the bases. A ground ball to short looked to end the threat, but the ball was bobbled, resulting in an error that allowed the tying run to score. Number-five hitter Kristin Bartholamay then doubled down the left field line to give San Francisco a two-run 3-1 cushion.

The Wildcats didn’t go down quietly, rallying for a run in the top of the seventh. Jennifer Chacon led off with a hit to left field and speedy Nellie Bera beat out a ground ball to the second baseman. Amber Neves then laid down a beautiful bunt that the pitcher looked to get the lead runner at third, but no one was there to cover the play. Farnham brought in the run on a ground ball to short, but a strikeout and a fly ball to left field ended the threat.

Stokx (L, 14-8) is now 3-1 in the regional and boasts a 0.78 ERA. She allowed four hits in the game, striking out four and walking three. Sonja Garnett (W, 29-8), now also 3-1 in the tournament, gave up six hits in the game and struck out four.

5/13/05
Stokx fires complete-game shutout to lift Wildcats into regional championship game
CARSON, CA - Katie Stokx fired a complete-game, two-hitter for her third complete-game victory in two days as the Chico State softball team advanced to the regional final of the NCAA Division II Softball Championships with a 1-0 victory over San Francisco State Friday. Stokx struck out six and walked four to bring her weekend totals to 11 hits and 21 strikeouts in 21 innings of work.

The Wildcats will take on Saturday morning's Montana State-Billings-San Francisco State winner at 1:30 for the title. If the Wildcats lose, because they are the lone unbeaten team remaining in the region, they will have another chance at the title Sunday at noon. Saturday's game audio will be available on the internet through the NCAA Softball link above.

The game was knotted 0-0 through four innings before the Wildcats scored the game-winning run in the fifth. Terra Hoppe's one-out single got things started, and she advanced to second on Jennifer Chacon's base hit. Danielle Bera grounded into a fielder's choice for the second out. But a double-steal moved Chacon to third. Amber Neves took advantage by plating Chacon with an infield hit on a chopper to third base.

Those were the only three hits the Wildcats could muster against Gators starter Sonja Garnett, who tossed a pair of shutouts Thursday. Vanessa Rodriguez and Nicole Hartfield notched San Francisco State's two hits.

Chico State, which entered the weekend as the region's sixth seed out of six teams despite being ranked No. 22 in the nation, improved to 33-14 with the win. San Francisco State dropped to 38-19.

5/12/05
Softball team wins both games on opening day of NCAA Division II Championship Tournament
CARSON, CA - Chelsea Lundberg blasted two-run home runs in both games and Katie Stokx earned two complete-game victories as the sixth-seeded Chico State softball team upset third-seeded Hawaii-Hilo 2-1 and second-seeded Cal State Dominguez Hills 4-2 to open the 2005 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship Tournament Western Regional Thursday. Stokx added what proved to be the game-winning two-run homer against Dominguez Hills to propel the Wildcats into a showdown with third-seeded San Francisco State Friday at 2 p.m. The winner of that game will earn a spot in the regional final.

The Wildcats have now won 10-of-11 games and seem to be peaking at the right time. Thanks are definitely going well for Stokx and Lundberg. Stokx allowed just three hits and struck out eight in the win over Montana State-Billings. She then struck out seven and scattered six hits while going to route against Cal State Dominguez Hills, which entered the weekend ranked No. 10 in the nation. And her two-run homer in the sixth gave her a 4-1 cushion to work with.

Lundberg was just as hot. After doubling in her first at-bat, the first baseman ripped a two-run homer to break a scoreless tie in the fourth inning against Montana State-Billings. Allison Shirley set the table with a leadoff single. Against Dominguez Hills, Lundberg gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead with another fourth-inning, two-run homer.

05/09/05
Wildcats selected to NCAA Softball Championship Tournament West Regional
CARSON, CA - The Chico State softball team is one of six selected to compete in the NCAA Softball Championship Tournament West Regional. The double-elimination tournament, hosted by Cal State Dominguez Hills takes place May 12-14 and features the top six teams from the California Collegiate Athletic Association Conference (CCAA) the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) and the Pacific West Conference (PacWest).

This will be the Wildcats first trip to the West Regional since their selection in 2002. That year the Wildcats lost in the opening round, but rallied to win five straight games to earn the regional title and a trip to the National Championship tournament in Salem, Virginia. Wildcat pitcher Katie Stokx, a freshman at the time, was named MVP of the 2002 regional.

This year's field consists of three teams which earned automatic berths, GNAC Champion Humboldt State (60-4), Pac West Champion Hawaii-Hilo (31-9), and CCAA Champion Dominguez Hills (45-10). The three remaining teams are CCAA members Chico State (30-14) and San Francisco State (36-18) and Pac West member Montana State University-Billings (34-12).

The regional champion, from each of the eight regions, will advance to next week’s National Championship in Salem, Virginia. The tournament field starts with 48 teams, with the champions of the eight NCAA Division II regions advancing to the

NCAA West Region Tournament Schedule:

Thursday, May 12
Game 1: No. 4 San Francisco State vs. No. 5 Hawaii-Hilo, 9 a.m.
Game 2: No. 3 Montana-Billings vs. No. 6 Chico State, 11:30 a.m.
Game 3: No. 2 CS Dominguez Hills vs. Winner 2, 2 p.m.
Game 4: No. 1 Humboldt State vs. Winner 1, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, May 13
Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 4, 9 a.m.
Game 6: Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3, 11:30 a.m.
Game 7: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 2 p.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 14
Game 9: Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 11:00 a.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 15
Game 11 Game 10 opponents (if necessary) 12 noon

Ticket prices for the regional are: $5.00 - adults; $3.00 - students with current ID; $3.00 - seniors; $2.00 - children 12 & under.

05/02/05
Katie Stokx named CCAA Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- For the second straight week, Chico State's Katie Stokx has been named the Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 25 through May 1.

Stokx, a senior from Newbury Park, went 2-0 against San Francisco State and Cal State Stanislaus last week to keep the Wildcats in contention for an NCAA postseason berth. She recorded her sixth shutout of the season against San Francisco State, a 1-0 Wildcat victory (Apr. 27). Stokx then struck out eight en route to the victory at Stanislaus. For the week, she posted a 1.00 earned run average, allowing just two runs on seven hits and seven walks and struck out 14.

04/30/05
Wildcats sweep Warriors to end regular season
Chico State awaits notification of postseason bid on Monday
TURLOCK, Calif.-Everyone can sleep a little easier as the Wildcats await notification of the postseason regional selections on Monday. The Wildcats, holding the No. 6 spot in the West Region coming into the week, won their final four games to wrap up the regular season.

The Wildcats swept No. 3 San Francisco State on Wednesday and took a pair from Stanislaus today, 6-2 and 1-0 in Turlock.

The Wildcats finish the regular season at 30-14 and 17-11 in the CCAA. The Warriors finish the season 24-31 overall, 7-21 mark in conference play.

In game one, Jennifer Chacon took matters into her own hands, breaking a 1-1 tie with a two-run homer in the fourth inning. She then added insurance runs in the sixth with another two-run homer, her fourth of the season, to put the Wildcats ahead 5-1. Chacon was 3-for-4 in the game.

Stanislaus would score once more in the sixth, but gave up a run in the seventh where the game ended with the score 6-2.

Allison Shirley and Nickie Jarret each had two hits and an RBI in the game. Katie Stokx (W, 11-7) gave up two runs on four hits and striking out eight. She struggled with her control at times, walking five.

In the second game it was an RBI-double in the fifth by Allison Shirley to bring in Megan Farnham that proved to be just enough offense to give the Wildcats the 1-0 win behind a one-hitter by pitcher Kris Paese (W, 16-6) .

The Warriors threatened in the sixth with a runner on third with two outs, but the inning ended with a grounder pack to Paese, who struck out five and walked three in her seventh shutout of the season.

One run was enough for Chico, but the Wildcats had eight hits in the game and left 11 runners stranded on base. Jarrett was 3-for-4 and Stokx had two hits in the game.

04/27/05
Wildcats strengthen playoff hopes with crucial sweep
Hoppe hammers walk off homer to win opener, rain clinches nightcap
CHICO, Calif. - Senior Terra Hoppe's first career home run couldn't have come at a better time. Hoppe hammered a walk off homer leading off the seventh inning to give Chico State a 1-0 victory in the first game of a doubleheader against 20th-ranked San Francisco State Wednesday. In the second game, Chico State rallied to take the lead and then watched as a severe rainstorm wiped out San Francisco's game-tying two-run homer in a 5-3 win that went just five innings due to rain.

The wins were vital for Chico State (28-14, 15-11 CCAA), which entered Wednesday's action ranked No. 6 in the region. The top six teams in the region will earn a spot in the NCAA Division II Softball Championship West Regional. San Francisco State, which dipped to 34-18 overall and 16-10 in the CCAA, began the day ranked No. 3 in the region.

Katie Stokx fired seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits and two walks, to keep the score tied in the opener. She improved to 10-7 with the win. Meanwhile, San Francisco State's Sonja Garnett (24-7) allowed just six hits through six shoutout innings before Hoppe's smash to center field. Hoppe finished the game 3-for-3.

The second game had a much more offensive feel. Both starters struggled, though Chico State's Kristin Paese eventually earned the win to improve to 15-6. San Francisco State took a 1-0 lead, and then after Meghan Farnham's two-run single gave Chico State a 2-1 advantage, San Francisco tacked on a pair of runs in the fourth for a 3-2 lead. Again, the Wildcats and Farnham had an answer. Amber Neves' infield single with two out and the bases loaded knotted the game at 3-3, and then Farnham hit a two-run single to give Chico State a 5-3 lead.

San Francisco State responded with a two-run homer in the sixth. However, the game was called in the middle of the sixth inning due to a severe rain storm. Thus, the game reverted back to the completed fifth inning. Holly Pearce (9-7) took the loss for the Gators.

Chico State wraps up its regular season schedule with a doubleheader at Cal State Stanislaus Saturday.

04/26/05
Katie Stokx named CCAA Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Chico State’s Katie Stokx has been named the Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Player of the Week for the week of April 28-24.

Stokx, a senior from Newbury Park, led the Wildcats to a 4-3 week that included a 4-2 record at the Cal State Bakersfield Mountain Dew Classic last week. She hit .429 (9 for 21) with two doubles, a triple, home run, two runs scored and six runs batted in. Stokx posted a .762 slugging percentage and a .478 on-base average and earned All-Tournament honors.

04/25/05
Wildcats lose to Humboldt in semifinals
Kristin Paese pitched a five-hitter with seven strikeouts but the Chico State softball team only had three hits in falling 1-0 to Humboldt State on Sunday in the semifinals of the Mountain Dew Classic in Bakersfield.

Allison Shirley had a double for Chico State (26-14), while Humboldt State (53-4) went on to win the championship.Chico State's Katie Stokx pitched a two-hit shutout and got out of two bases-loaded jams as the Wildcats defeated Cal State Bakersfield 9-0 in five innings in the first round of championship bracket play for the three-day event.

Megan Farnham led off the game with a triple for the Wildcats and scored. Stokx and Tera Hoppe both had doubles as Chico State scored four runs in the top of the fourth and three in the fifth.Farnham and Stokx made the all-tournament team.

04/24/05
Softball takes two at Bakersfield tournament
Chico St. 3, Grand Canyon 2
Chico St. 3, CS San Bernardino 0
Kristin Paese pitched a two-hit shutout and Chelsea Lundberg and Jennifer Chacon hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning as the Wildcats beat Cal State San Bernardino to improve to 3-1 at the Mountain Dew Classic in Bakersfield.

Katie Stokx threw a five-hitter for Chico State (25-13) earlier in the day against Grand Canyon, and tied the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first. Megan Farnham's two-out RBI single in the second proved to be the game-winner.

04/22/05
Softball teams beats 4th-ranked Humboldt 5-0
BAKERSFIELD - The Chico State softball team blanked 4th-ranked Humboldt State 5-0 Friday in a game the Wildcats desperately needed as they battle for a spot NCAA Championship Tournament Western Regional. Katie Stokx earned the shutout, scattering four hits and four walks while striking out three. Humboldt State fell to 48-3 with the loss. Earlier in the day, Chico State fell to unranked UC San Diego.

04/21/05
'Cats hurt by loss to Roadrunners
BAKERSFIELD - With the Chico State softball team sitting at No. 6 in the West Region, every game is important and a loss to a lower ranked team adds tremendous pressure as the regular season comes to a close. Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened on Thursday afternoon when the Wildcats played the second game of a postponed doubleheader with No. 8 Cal State Bakersfield. The Roadrunners shutout the Wildcats 8-0.

Chico State (22-12, 13-11) remains in Bakersfield to begin the Mt. Dew Classic with Friday games against UC San Diego and Humboldt, the top team in the West Region. The top six teams in the final regional rankings advance to the NCAA Tournament.

The Wildcats managed just three hits off Christie Hill (W, 15-6), who recorded her fourth shutout of the season. Hill was also 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI.

Both teams were quiet through the first three innings, but Bakersfield put a run on the board in the bottom of the fourth, despite hitting a ball out of the infield. The 'Runners added two more in the fifth, thanks to home runs by Hill and Amber Mills, and five in the sixth to end the game based on the eight-run rule.

Kris Paese (L, 13-4) gave up nine hits and seven runs, six of which were earned. She struck out four and walked one.

04/19/05
Kris Paese named CCAA Pitcher of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Chico State’s Kris Paese has been named the Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 11-17.

Paese, a sophomore from Granite Bay, went 2-0 with 2 complete-game shutouts against Cal State San Bernardino and UC San Diego (Apr. 15-16).

Paese opened the week with a two-hit 4-0 shutout of CSUSB in which she walked two and struck out 11. The following day, Paese limited UC San Diego to four hits and two walks while striking out eight as Chico defeated UCSD, 7-0.

In three appearances, Paese allowed one run on 10 hits and four walks, struck out 21 and posted a 0.44 earned run average over 16.0 innings.

04/19/05
Megan Farnham named CCAA Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Chico State shortstop Megan Farnham has been named the Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Player of the Week for the week of April 11-17.

Farnham, a senior from Antioch, led the Wildcats to a 3-1 record against Cal State San Bernardino and UC San Diego (Apr. 15-16).

She hit .625 (10 for 16) with four doubles, three runs scored and five runs batted in. In a doubleheader sweep of UCSD, Farnham went 6 for 9, punctuated by a run-scoring walkoff double in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Wildcats a 7-6 win and a doubleheader sweep.

04/16/05
'Cats sweep Tritons on Senior Day
CHICO - Chico State hurler Kris Paese threw her second straight shutout to win game one, 7-0, and Megan Farnham hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 7-6 victory in game two as the Wildcats swept UC San Diego in a CCAA softball doubleheader today at University Field.

With the wins, Chico State, currently ranked No. 6 in the West, improves to 22-11 overall and 13-10 in conference play. The Tritons stand at 16-22 overall, 10-15 in CCAA action.

In the late game, Nellie Bera opened the bottom of the ninth with a hard hit single to the left side and was sacrificed to second base. Farnham, who was one of four, fourth-year players honored before the game today, came up and blasted a one-out shot to left center field for the Wildcats first sweep of a CCAA doubleheader since March 12.

Earlier in the game, the Tritons took a four nothing lead after two innings, but Chico State fought back with two runs in the third and four more in the fifth to take a 6-4 lead. The Tritons weren't done and tied the game up again in the top of the sixth.

Both teams had plenty of scoring opportunities in the game with Chico leaving 14 runners on base and UCSD stranding ten. Farnham was 4-for-5 at the plate and Bera, Chelsea Lundberg, and Amber Neves each had three hits in the game.

Lexey Smith (W, 3-1) picked up the win, coming on in the eighth to pitch two hitless innings while striking out one. Nicole Fullerton (L, 0-2) gave up one run on four hits in 3.2 innings of work.

In the opener, Paese (W, 13-3) scattered four hits and allowed just one runner into scoring position, while striking out eight and walking two. Paese now has five complete-game shutouts this season.

Chico State put a run on the board in the first inning on an RBI single by clean-up hitter Allison Shirley and added three more runs in the third thanks to an RBI single to center by Jenny Chacon and a two-run single to left center by Candace Zuniga.

Farnham drove in three more runs with a bases loaded double to right center in the bottom of the sixth for the 7-0 shutout. Farnham, Chacon, and Neves each had two hits in the opener.

04/15/05
'Cats settle for split with Coyotes
Final scheduled home games tomorrow at 11:00
CHICO - Chico State pitcher Kris Paese struck out 11 and the Wildcats rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to shutout Cal State San Bernardino 4-0 in the second game of a CCAA softball doubleheader. The Wildcats settled for a split with the visiting Coyotes, losing the early game 2-1.

Chico State, currently ranked No. 6 in the West Region, is now 20-11 overall and 11-10 in CCAA play. San Bernardino is 8-31, 5-19 in conference

The late game was a true pitcher's duel until the bottom half of the sixth inning when the Wildcats finally woke up their bats. Nicki Jarrett lead off the inning with a single, but was out at second on a failed sacrifice that left Allison Shirley on first. Katie Stokx doubled down the left field line to put runners at second and third and Chelsea Lundberg blasted her team-leading tenth double to drive in both runs. Candice Zuniga singled up the middle to drive in another run and Jenny Chacon scored on a pass ball to make it 4-0.

Paese (W, 12-3) faced four batters over the minimum, giving up just two hits and two walks. She drops her ERA to 1.97 with her team-high fourth shutout of the season.

In the early game, the Coyotes scored two runs in the fourth inning and held on for the 2-1 win behind the pitching of Regina Farfan (7-18), who pitched both games for the Coyotes. She allowed nine hits, walked one and struck out one in the complete-game effort.

Shortstop Melyssa Balderama was hit by a pitch to start off the fourth inning and Krista Hernandez reached first on a throwing error when pitcher Stokx (L, 6-7) sailed a throw out of the first baseman's reach. Both runners advanced into scoring position on the play and Christina Vaughn came up and doubled to bring in both runs.

Chico rallied in the bottom of the seventh, but managed just one run. Megan Farnham hit a one-out double to left center and Shirley drove her in with a two-out single to right center, taking second on the play at the plate. The game ended on a fly ball to left field. The Wildcats stranded nine runners in the game.

Chico plays it final scheduled home date tomorrow at 11:00 when they host UC San Diego at University Field.

04/10/05
'Cats split with Sonoma, but win season series 3-1
ROHNERT PARK - The Wildcats split a CCAA softball doubleheader with Sonoma State, winning the opener 10-2 in six innings and losing the late game 7-2. Chico State wins the season series 3-1 after a sweep of the Seawolves at home earlier in the season.

The Wildcats are now 19-10, 10-9 CCAA. Sonoma State is now 15-23-1, 9-10 CCAA.

Chico State jetted to an 8-0 lead in the opener. Led by Chelsea Lundberg's two doubles, the Wildcats got to SSU pitcher Kelly Lazzini for seven runs in three innings of work. Allison Shirley and Danielle Bera also had two hits apiece.

The Seawolves rallied for runs in the fourth and fifth, but could not help from being 'mercy-ruled' as the game ended after six innings.

Kris Paese (W, 11-3) picked up the win, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out three. Lexey Smith came on after a lead-off single in the fifth and worked two inning, giving up two hits.

Though held without a hit until the fifth inning, the Seawolves were able to work Wildcat starter Katie Stokx (L, 6-6) for nine walks in the nightcap.

Stephanie Azevedo tripled and scored in the fifth before breaking open the game open with a bases-loaded triple in the sixth. Isabel Bañales went the distance for SSU, striking out two.

The Wildcats return to University Field this weekend when they face Cal State San Bernardino on Friday and UC San Diego on Saturday.

04/09/05
Wildcats split with first-place San Francisco State
SAN FRANCISCO - The Chico State softball team scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to beat San Francisco State, 3-1, in the opening game of the doubleheader. The Wildcats lost the nightcap, 3-1, and settled for a split with the Gators, who lead the CCAA standings.

The Wildcats' Megan Farnham scored the go-ahead run on a fielder's choice hit by Chelsea Lundberg in the top of the eighth inning of the first game of their doubleheader. Chico State added an insurance run on an RBI single by Jennifer Chacon.

Katie Stokx (6-5) pitched a complete game, striking out eight and walking one, and went 2-for-4 at the plate. Nickie Jarrett put the Wildcats on the board with a solo home run in the first.

Chico State (18-9, 9-8 CCAA) dropped the second game as San Francisco State (28-11, 14-4) outhit the Wildcats 8-6.

Jarrett, Allison Shirley and Betty Zamora all doubled for the Wildcats.

04/05/05
Chelsea Lundberg named CCAA Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- CHICO STATE first baseman Chelsea Lundberg has been named the Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Player of the Week for the week of March 28 through April 4.

Lundberg, a sophomore from Roseville, led the Wildcats to a 5-1 record at the Cal State Stanislaus Easton Tournament of Champions (Apr. 1-3).

She hit .611 (11 for 18) with two doubles, a triple, home run, six runs scored and six runs batted in over the six games. Lundberg extended her hitting streak to 15 games and now has 11 multi-hit games on the season.

04/05/05
Kris Paese named CCAA Pitcher of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- CHICO STATE’s Kris Paese has been named the Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Pitcher of the Week for the week of March 28 through April 3.

Paese, a sophomore from Granite Bay, went 3-1 with two shutouts and a save, and posted a 0.65 earned run average to earn all-tournament honors at the Cal State Stanislaus Easton Tournament of Champions (Apr. 1-3). Chico finished the tournament with a 5-1 record.

Paese allowed only two earned runs on 14 hits and five walks and struck out 26 over 21 and two-thirds innings.

04/03/05
Wildcats finish tournament with 5-1 record
Kris Paese named to All-Tournament team
TURLOCK - The Chico State softball team won its fifth straight game, 8-0 over Western Washington, at the Easton Tournament of Champions in Turlock, before losing in the second round of single-elimination bracket play to Seattle University, 4-3.

Chico State improved its overall record to 17-8 and the Wildcats' 5-1 tournament record was third best in the 20-team field, behind champion Humboldt State (7-0) and S.F. State (6-1).

In the three-day tournament, Chico State recorded the best team batting average (.365) and slugging percentage (.484) of any team, and tallied the most extra base hits. The 'Cats team ERA of 1.67 was sixth best and the Wildcat staff recorded more strikeouts than any other team.

In the five-inning 8-0 win over Western Washington, Kris Paese picked up her third shutout of the season and her third win of the tournament. She gave up four hits, struck out seven and walked none.

The offense put up two runs in the bottom of the third thanks to an RBI single by Katie Stokx and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Chelsea Lundberg.

The Wildcats cut the game short in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring six runs on five hits, including a two-run single by Stokx and a two-run homer by Lundberg, her team high fifth of the year. Washington made little noise in the top of the fifth and the game was called due to the eight-run rule.

Against Seattle, the Wildcats held a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, but a lead-off walk and a triple off reliever Paese tied the game. Paese (L, 10-2) got the next two out, but an infield error allowed the next batter to reach base and plated the go-ahead unearned run.

Paese went 3-1 with a 0.65 ERA and picked up a save to earn All-Tournament honors. She struck out 26 and walked five in her 21.2 innings of work. She gave up three runs, two earned, on 14 hits.

Chelsea Lundberg went 11-for-18 with six RBI in the Wildcats six games. She recorded two doubles, a triple and her team-high fifth home run. Lundberg extended her hitting streak to 15 games and now has 11 multiple hit games to her credit.

The Wildcats return to CCAA play this weekend with doubleheaders at Sonoma State and San Francisco State.

04/02/05
Wildcats a perfect 4-0 in pool play at Stanislaus Tournament
TURLOCK - Wildcat pitcher Kris Paese picked up her ninth win of the season, tossing a 5-1 win over Western Oregon, as the Chico State softball team ended pool play with a perfect 4-0 record at the Easton Tournament of Champions.

Chico (16-7) will be a top seed in the Gold Bracket when play resumes on Sunday, weather permitting.

Paese (W, 9-1) struggled in the first inning, giving up one run on three hits and loaded the bases before getting out of the jam. She settled down to retire the next 10 batters in order and allowed just two more hits over the final three innings, striking out 10 in the game.

The Wildcats wasted no time, putting three runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Nickie Jarret and Allison Shirley each singled and Katie Stokx ripped a double to left field to score them both. Stokx was caught off second base and thrown out in a run down for the second out of the inning. Chelsea Lundberg belted her second triple of the season and came in score on a fielding error on the next play.

Chico picked up solo runs in the third and fourth innings on RBI singles by Shirley, and Amber Neves. Shirley was 3-for-3 in the game and Megan Farnhman and Lundberg each had two hits.

04/02/05
Wildcats win again at Stanislaus Tournament
TURLOCK - Chelsea Lundberg hit a two-out double to drive in two runs as the Chico State softball team scored three runs in the top of the seventh to come from behind and beat BYU Hawaii, 6-5, in a pool-play game at the Easton Tournament of Champions hosted by Cal State Stanislaus.

The Wildcats (15-7) have now won 12 of their last 14 games.

The Wildcats trailed 5-3 entering the final frame. Megan Farnham led off the inning with a single, but two quick fly outs found the Wildcats in big trouble. Katie Stokx reached on an error by the second baseman and Lundberg came up and cleared the bases to record the tying run. Jenny Chacon then singled to drive in Lundberg for the final run.

Kris Paese came on to pick up her second save of the season, giving up one walk and nothing else in the final inning. Lexey Smith (W, 2-1) pitched three inning of relief for the win, allowing one run on three hits.

Chacon had three hits in the game and is 7-for-11 in the three tournament games so far. Farnham, Lundberg, Tera Hoppe and Candace Zuniga each had two hits in the game.

The Wildcats take on Western Oregon later today. Bracket play begins on Sunday.

04/01/05
Wildcats win first two at Stanislaus Tournament
TURLOCK - The Chico State softball team shut out Western New Mexico 3-0, then turned around to beat Seattle University 13-2 in five innings to win its first two games of pool play at the Easton Tournament of Champions hosted by Cal State Stanislaus on Friday.

Kris Paese (W, 8-1) picked up her second shutout of the season, giving up just two hits while striking out seven and walking one. Paese never allowed a runner past first base.

The Wildcats got all the offense they would need in the first inning when Nickie Jarrett singled to right field and advanced to third on a fielding error by the right fielder on the play. The ball was then thrown away by the shortstop allowing Jarrett to score.

Jenny Chacon drove in an insurance run in the fourth inning, blasting a triple to left center to plate Chelsea Lundberg, who got on base with a hit. Jarrett drove in the final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly to score Nellie Bera, who was hit by a pitch to open the frame.

In the 13-2 win over Seattle, Chico put up four runs in the second inning, five more in the third, and two each in the fourth and fifth to cruise to the victory.

Chacon had her second triple of the day to drive in the game's first two runs and later stole home. Jarrett drove in the fourth run.

In the third, Chico rallied for five runs on five hits, including another RBI single by Jarrett.

Pitcher Katie Stokx (W, 5-5) struck out nine and gave up two runs on three hits in the game, which was called after five innings due to the eight-run rule. Stokx also went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored twice.

The Wildcats out hit Seattle 14-3. Chacon had three hits, two RBI, and scored twice. Candace Zuniga recorded three RBI, one on a walk, one on a ground ball out, and one on a single to center.

Pool play continues on Saturday with the Wildcats taking on BYU, Hawaii and Western Oregon. Bracket play begins on Sunday.

03/26/05
Chico splits wild doubleheader with Bakersfield
CHICO - Senior Katie Stokx hit a one-out, walk-off homer to center in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 7-6 win and salvaged a split of the CCAA doubleheader with Cal State Bakersfield today at University Field. Bakersfield won the first game 8-7, which also went eight innings.

Stokx's heroics came after the Wildcats battled back from a 5-0 Roadrunner lead after the first two innings. Chico came alive in the sixth inning, putting three runs on the board on Nickie Jarret's bases-loaded, two-out double to clear the bases.

The Roadrunners (21-10, 11-6 CCAA) answered back with a solo run in the top of the seventh to pad their lead 6-3, but Chico State wasn't done.

The Wildcats (12-7, 8-7 CCAA) scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh, thanks to three hits and two Bakersfield errors that extended the inning, to tie the game at 6-6 and push it into extra innings.

The opening game was just as dramatic, Chico trailed 4-0 before rallying for five runs and the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Chelsea Lundberg hit her team-leading fourth homer of the year in the inning, a three-run shot to right field.

Bakerfield quickly tied the game at 5-5 with a run in the top of the fifth and took a 6-5 lead with a run in the seventh.

The Wildcats, not to be outdone, tied it again in the bottom of the seventh, but it was Bakersfield that took control next, posting two runs in the top of the eighth. Chico gave it one last effort, pushing a run across in the bottom of the frame and had the bases loaded before a fly ball to right field ended the game.

Chico had 28 hits and Bakersfield had 27 in the doubleheader. Stokx, Jenny Chacon, and Megan Farnham each had four hits, while Lundberg, Candace Zuniga, and Allison Shirley each had three.

03/25/05
Wildcat softball splits with Dominguez Hills
CHICO - The Chico State softball team improved its winning streak to eight games, but had the streak snapped in the second game of a CCAA doubleheader with Cal State Dominguez Hills today at University Field. The Wildcats came from behind to win the early game, 3-2, but lost the nightcap, 5-1.

In the opener, Nickie Jarrett came up for her first time in the game in the bottom of the sixth with the score tied, the bases loaded, and one out. Her sacrifice fly to left brought in Alison Armas for the go ahead. Chico scored the tying run earlier in the inning on a bases-loaded wild pitch that plated Jenny Chacon.

Dominguez Hills (22-5, 10-4 CCAA) jumped on the Wildcats early, putting runners on first and second with no outs in the first and loading the bases with two out in the second, but Wildcat pitcher Katie Stokx, was able to pitch out of both jams. But Stokx's luck didn't hold up and she was knocked out in the third innings when the Toros scored twice, despite recording a hit. Dominguez took advantage of three walks, a hit batter, a sacrifice fly by Jennifer Wilson, and a wild pitch from Chico State reliever Lexy Smith to take a 2-0 lead.

Chico (11-6, 7-6 CCAA) cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by Allison Shirley to score Megan Farnham, before rallying for the two runs in the sixth.

Smith (W, 1-1) settled down to pitch 3.1 innings of hitless ball to pick up her first win of the year and Kris Paese worked a perfect seventh inning for her first save of the season.

Valerie Long (L, 9-2) pitched the complete game for the Toros, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking two.

Dominguez Hills came out swinging in game two, putting up five runs on five hits in the second inning to send starter Paese (L, 6-2) into the dugout. Jennifer Funk drove in the first run with a double down the left field line and Natalie Greco followed that with a RBI single to left, but the big blow came from Kate Groden, who blasted a two-out bases-loaded triple to center to make it 5-0.

Stokx came on to pitch with two outs in the second inning and held the Toros to just three hits over 5.1 innings, but the Wildcats managed just one run in the bottom of the fourth when Shirley led off with a double and Chelsea Lundberg drove her in with a double of her own to right center.

Jackie Miller (W, 8-2) went the complete game, giving up one run on six hits and striking out five.

Chico State hosts Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday at noon.

03/22/05
Softball rained out
Today's softball doubleheader against Western Washington has been rained out. No make-up date has been set.

03/14/05
Decision made in Bakersfield halted game
CHICO - The Chico State softball team trailed 1-0 in the first game of the doubleheader at Bakersfield on March 4, but had runners in scoring position in the top of the seventh inning before the umpires halted the game due to lightening in the area. The two teams never resumed play.

Chico protested, claiming that the umpires halting the game meant that the game would pick up where it was left off and be completed the next time the two teams meet. But an NCAA ruling stats that any game that goes five complete innings is a regulation game and therefore not affected by the halted-game rule.

Chico drops to 10-5 overall, 6-5 in CCAA play. Stokx took the loss, giving up one run on three hits and striking out six in six innings of work. Chelsea Lundberg and Cassie Palmer had the only two hits for the Wildcats.

03/12/05
Wildcats win seventh straight with doubleheader sweep of Stanislaus
CHICO - The Chico State softball team improved its winning streak to seven games over the last seven days with two victories over Cal State Stanislaus, 4-2 and 6-0, today at University Field.

Game one was scoreless through four innings before Cal State Stanislaus posted a run in the fifth on a RBI double by Roberta Argott to plate Suzanne Burrola, who reached on a walk.

Chico (10-4, 6-4 CCAA) answered back with three unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth on three hits and two Warrior errors. Amber Neves, Chelsea Lundberg, and Angela Vandeburgh each had a hit in the inning.

The Warriors (cut the lead to one run in the top of the sixth, but Chico added an insurance run in the bottom of the frame, again unearned.

Pitcher Kris Paese remains perfect on the year picking up her sixth win, allowing two runs on six hits with eight strikeouts.

Nikki Bartley (L, 3-8) pitched five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and struck out six.

In game two, Chico recorded a solo run in the third and Lundberg led off the fourth with a solo home run for a 2-0 lead before the 'Cats erupted for four runs in the fourth. Lundberg drove in another run with a single and Cassie Palmer had a two-run single of her own.

Katie Stokx (W, 4-3) gave up just two hits and struck out eight to record her third complete-game shutout of the season.

Amanda Cantu (L, 2-7) took the loss for the Warriors.

03/11/05
Chico State takes doubleheader from Sonoma State
CHICO. - The Chico State softball team has now won five stragith and took both games of a CCAA doubleheader against Sonoma State by scores of 10-4 and 6-0 today at University Field.

03/08/05
Wildcats sweep doubleheader from Grand Canyon
CHICO. - The Chico State softball team won two close games, 2-1 and 4-2, against Grand Canyon University in a nonconference doubleheader at University Field.

In the opener, pitcher Kris Paese gave up just one run in the top of the seventh inning to improve her record to a perfect 4-0 this season. Paese gave up seven hits, struck out seven, and walked none.

Chico (6-4) scored in the the bottom of the second on a single by Amber Neves that dropped in just over second base to score Katie Stokx, who led off the frame with a single to right center.

The Wildcats tacked on another run in the fourh, again thanks to a leadoff single by Stokx, who came around to score on Megan Farnham's two-out single down the leftfield line.

Paese squelched a few scoring threats throughout the game by the 'Lopes, but couldn't get by a lead-off triple by Heather Dukes to kick off the final inning. Paese struck out the next batter and got the second out on a foul-ball pop up to third base before leadoff hitter Krista Jacob drove in the run with a base hit to left field.

In game two, Chico scored in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 2-0 lead. Jenny Chacon belted a double to left to drive in pinch runner Allison Armas, who took over at first after a leadoff single by Chelsea Lundberg. Stokx drove in the Wildcats next run with a long double to score Allie Shirley who reached first on a two-out hit.

Stokx took care of business on the mound as well, picking up her second win of the season. She allowed two runs on five hits and struck out one.

The 'Lopes (4-9) scored two runs in the sixth inning to tie the game, thanks to a ground-out RBI by Dukes and a RBI-single by Heather Keepers.

Chico wasted no time loading the bases in the bottom of the inning with three straight one-out hits by Chacon, Cassie Palmer, and Neves. The Wildcats scored the go ahead run on a walk to Farnham and an insurance run on a wild pitch.

03/05/05
Paese pitches Wildcats to win in split at Dominguez
CARSON, Calif. - Kristin Paese threw a complete-game two-hitter and struck out 10 batters to lead the Chico State softball team to a 1-0 victory in the second game of a doubleheader at Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday. The host Toros won the first game 10-2.

Chelsea Lundberg plated Megan Farnham with the game's only run in Saturday's nightcap as Chico State improved to 4-4 overall and 2-4 in the CCAA. Cal State Dominguez Hills is now 10-3 overall and 5-2 in the CCAA.

Lundberg's homer and Farnham's RBI were the only bright spots for Chico State in the opener.

The Wildcats return to action at home this Tuesday in a doubleheader against Grand Canyon at 1 p.m.

02/26/05
Wildcats split with Coyotes on the road
SAN BERNARDINO - Big innings helped both squads as the Chico State softball team split a CCAA doubleheader with Cal State San Bernardino. over Cal State San Bernardino and a split of the doubleheader at Coyote Softball Park. The Coyotes scored six runs in the sixth inning to win game one 7-5 and the Wildcats scored seven runs in the second inning of the nightcap to earn an 11-3 victory

The Wildcats are now 3-3 overall and 1-3 in the CCAA. Cal State San Bernardino is now 1-4 in the CCAA and 2-9 overall.

In game one, the Coyotes took an early 1-0 lead on Krista Hernandez' third homer of the season off Wildcat starter Katie Stokx. Chico pushed across two runs in the fifth off Coyotes starter Regina Farfan and then took a 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth on Jenny Chacon's solo home run.

The Coyotes scored their six runs off Stokx and reliever Lexey Smith with two Wildcat errors contributing to the CSUSB rally.

In game two, the Wildcats opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first innning by Allie Shirley off Coyotes starter Lindsay Halladay. In the second, Chico sent 11 batters to the plate and sent home seven on six hits and left the bases loaded.

Kristin Paese pitched a three-hitter and struck out seven in her complete game for Chico.

The game was halted after six innings by the eight-run mercy rule.

02/25/05
Wildcats lose CCAA opener
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego softball team swept a doubleheader from Chico State to open up California Collegiate Athletic Association play for both teams, winning the contests by scores of 6-5 and 5-0.

Chico State, which hadn't played a game since Feb. 3, falls to 2-2 overall, 0-2 in CCAA play. UCSD improves to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in league action.

In game one, Chico State broke open a 3-3 tie with two runs in the top of the ninth, but UCSD rallied for three runs in the bottom of the frame. Jenny Spencer scored her third run of the ball game to clinch the victory.

Spencer went 5-for-5 in game one with three runs scored for the Tritons, while Chelsea Lundberg and Amber Neves each had two hits for the Wildcats.

Lexey Smith took the loss for Chico State in game one, allowing three runs on three hits despite striking out three in 4 1/3 innings of solid relief.

Kelley Bryant picked up her first win of the season after she recorded the final two outs in the ninth inning, relieving Tina Rowe who allowed five runs on six hits in 8 1/3 innings of work.

Both pitchers went the distance in game two as Melissa Ward picked up her first collegiate win for the Tritons, giving up only five hits while striking out two in the shutout. Katie Stokx took the loss, giving up five runs, only three of which were earned, on four hits while striking out four.

Megan Farnham and Stokx each collected two hits, the only four of the game for Chico State.

Jamie Hurst was the hero for UCSD in game two, going 1-for-1 with two RBI and one run scored.

Chico State travels to Cal State San Bernardino for a doubleheader tomorrow, beginning at noon..

02/18/05
Softball rained out
The softball doubleheader scheduled for Friday, February 18 has been cancelled due to weather. No make-up date has been set.

02/08/05
Chico State's Katie Stokx named CCAA softball Pitcher of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- CHICO STATE’s Katie Stokx has been named the Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Pitcher of the Week for the week of February 1-6.

Stokx, a senior from Newbury Park, threw a no-hitter in her first start of the season, a 3-0 shutout of Central Washington (Feb. 3). She walked three and struck out eight over seven innings of work to collect her 21st career shutout, adding to her school record. Stokx helped her cause at the plate, collecting three hits in four at-bats.

02/03/05
Wildcats open season with sweep of Central Washington
CHICO, CA - Senior hurler Katie Stokx threw a no hitter in game two, as the Chico State softball team opened the 2005 season with a doubleheader sweep of Central Washington, 2-1 and 3-0.

Stokx struck out eight, pitching to just two batters over the minimum, and helped herself out at the plate as well, with a 3-for-3 effort.

Shortstop Megan Farnham started game two off with a lead-off homer to left field to give Chico a 1-0 advantage. Chico tagged on two insurance runs in the sixth, thanks to five straight hits, including RBI singles by newcomers Chelsea Lundberg and Candace Zuniga. Allison Shirley had two hits in the game.

Sarah Withers took the loss for Central Washington (0-2), giving up one run on five hits through four innings. Hillary Schmidt gave up two runs on five hits in two innings of work.

In the opener, sophomore Kris Paese gave up one run on three hits in the top of the first, but settled down and scattered just three more hits through the final six innings and struck out four.

Chico scored its two runs in the third inning when Farnham led off with a single, advanced to second on a hit batter, and scored on a Lundberg single down the left field line. Shirley scored on a bases loaded walk to pitch hitter Tera Hoppe to make it 3-0.

Pitcher Sara Badgley gave up two runs on four hits, struck out five and walked four, in the losing effort. Six different Central Washington players had hits in the game, including a two-out RBI single by Patty Martinez in the first.

Chico State hosts San Francisco State and Sonoma State on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18-19, to open CCAA play.

08/19/04
Four commit to Chico State softball team
CHICO, CA – Chico State softball head coach Teri Rupe has announced that a true freshman and three transfers have committed to play at Chico State in 2005. Butte College transfers Lexey Smith and Danielle Bera join Stephen F. Austin University transfer Chelsea Lundberg and Oxnard High School product Candace Zuniga on this season's roster.

Smith, originally from Orland, was a two-time All-Conference pitcher for Butte College and also earned Academic First Team honors.

Lexey has a great presence on the mound and she throws hard so we're very excited about her, said Rupe. She'll definitely add depth to our pitching staff.

Bera will bring an element of speed to the batting order, having stolen 29 bases in 2004, ranking her among the state's top five base stealers. The two-time All-Conference and Academic First Team selection can play second base and shortstop.

(Danielle) can flat out fly, said Rupe. She's an aggressive baserunner who will definitely make things happen when she gets on base.

Lundberg is also a proven commodity in the NCAA softball world, having started 35 games for Stephen F. Austin as a freshman last season. The left-handed first baseman batted .248 with three home runs and 21 RBI. A graduate of Roseville High School near Sacramento, Lundberg earned All-State honors as a junior and was named First Team All-League and All-City as a senior.

Chelsea will bring a strong bat to our lineup and a great glove a first base, said Rupe. I'm very excited to see her in a Chico State uniform.

Zuniga, the only freshman of the group, will likely play third base, though she can also play the middle infield or outfield. A Second Team All-CIF selection as a senior, Zuniga batted .343 with five doubles.

Candace is a highly competitive player with a great work ethic, said Rupe. She will be a great addition to our program and I'm really looking forward to seeing her become a huge part of our success over these next four years.

The four newcomers will join as many as 12 returners from last year's 27-27 squad in an attempt to get back to the NCAA Championships for the second time in four years.

These additions will all be impact players for us, said Rupe. With those four, and the strong group of returners we have, I see no reason for us not to be challenging for a league title.