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                                                                                                                        and completed all but five of her starts while also
                                                                                                                        pitching a shutout against conference-foe San Di-
                                                                                                                           “We’ve been guiding Jennifer along, and she
                                                                                                                        will become a bigger factor for us this season,”
        Fresh off a season in which the Sacramento State         Ferguson, who was a first team all-PCSC selec-
                                                                                                                        Strahan said. “If we are going to be successful this
    softball squad won 32 games (the most since 1997),       tion after compiling a 16-11 record and a 1.58
                                                                                                                        year, I really need her to play a prominent role in
    placed a school-record seven players on the all-         ERA, will be the ace of the pitching staff this sea-
                                                                                                                        the starting rotation.”
    Pacific Coast Softball Conference (PCSC) team and        son, according to Strahan. Sophomore Jennifer
    narrowly missed an at-large berth into the NCAA          Fryou and/or junior college transfer Nikki Cinque             Cinque begins her Sacramento State career as
    Regionals, the Hornets embark upon the 2005 sea-         will be called upon to fill the No. 2 starter in the       a junior after an unbelievably effective career at
    son with high expectations and hopes for the             rotation. Fryou had seven complete games in 12             Sacramento City College. A 5-6 right-hander from
    program’s first NCAA postseason appearance since         starts for the Hornets last season while Cinque was        Sacramento, Cinque earned numerous honors as
    1995.                                                    an NFCA All-American, California Community                 a sophomore (including All-America honors from
        Sacramento State, which has increased its num-       College Pitcher of the Year, and conference pitcher        both the NFCA and Easton) after finishing the year
    ber of wins each of the last four years, returns 13      of the year at Sacramento City College.                    25-1 with three perfect games and a state-best 0.30
    players (including seven starters) from last season’s        Another key to the season will be the Hornets’         ERA. Cinque, who was named Sacramento City
    team which finished 32-28 overall and 10-10 (tied        ability to stay injury free, a problem that has plagued    College Female Athlete of the Year, led the Pan-
    for third place) in the PCSC. Among the returners        the program during the latter stages of each of the        thers to a 44-2 overall record and a state champi-
    are five seniors (Erin Coyne, Brianne Ferguson,          last two years. In fact, the Hornets were at or near       onship.
    Amy Hillel, Lesley Mayhorn and Jessica Rojo) who         the top of the conference standings with two weeks            “Nikki was all-everything at the junior college
    will each start, and be looked upon to help nurture      to play in both 2003 and 2004, but stumbled due            level, and could factor in heavily for us,” Strahan
    a talented crop of seven newcomers.                      to a variety of injuries to some of the team’s top         said. “She has all the tools, has a great demeanor
        One of the more exciting pieces of information       players, including a freak injury to Ferguson’s pitch-     on the mound, and is all business on the field.”
    to come from the offseason was the PCSC receiving        ing hand last season.
    an automatic qualifier for NCAA postseason play.             “We’ve been right there (at the top of the confer-     The Catchers
    In just its third year of existence, the six-team PCSC   ence standings) over the last couple of years, but             Entering her fourth season with the program,
    is now assured of getting at least one squad into        have been very unlucky,” Strahan said. “We suf-            Coyne has been a mainstay at the catcher position
    the NCAA Regionals, as the team with the best con-       fered some key injuries down the stretch that were         during each of her first three seasons, and will serve
    ference record at the end of the season will get an      pivotal and knocked the foundation from under-             in the same capacity in 2005. She has started a
    automatic bid.                                           neath us.”                                                 combined 161 games in three years, and has re-
        “I’m very excited that our conference now has            Not only do the Hornets enter their third year in      sponded with a .298 career batting average with
    the automatic qualifier,” Sacramento State head          the PCSC, the team also enters the third season at         20 doubles, 68 RBIs, a .377 slugging percentage
    coach Kathy Strahan said. “We can now go to the          its beautifully renovated home facility (Shea Sta-         and a .353 on-base percentage.
    postseason one of two ways with the AQ or an at-         dium). The stadium project, which was completed                Coyne is a two-time all-PCSC selection (first team
    large berth. We were on the bubble last year and         prior to the 2003 season and featured more than
                                                                                                                        in 2003, second team in 2004) and is already tied
    I’m hoping we can be in the mix again this sea-          $500,000 worth of improvements, has generated
                                                                                                                        for fourth in program history in RBIs. Last season,
    son.”                                                    new levels of excitement at Sacramento State soft-
                                                                                                                        the San Diego native led the Hornets in numerous
        Should Sacramento State reach the NCAA               ball games.
                                                                                                                        offensive categories, including RBIs (22), total bases
    Regionals, the team would have to accomplish the
    feat while playing the toughest schedule in Strahan’s    The Pitchers                                               (66), slugging percentage (.402) and doubles
    13-year tenure with the program. The Hornets’ 2005          The clear-cut leader of this year’s pitching staff is   (nine). In addition, she tallied a team-best .995 field-
    schedule features nine teams that reached the            Ferguson. A 5-7 right-hander from Ceres, Calif.,           ing percentage from behind the plate while throw-
    NCAA Regionals (including three that advanced to         Ferguson has made a name for herself in the Sac-           ing out 14 of 31 runners attempting to steal a base.
    the College World Series), seven teams that finished     ramento State record books over the past two sea-              “Erin has really carried this team on her back
    the season in the top 25, and six schools from the       sons. Last year, her 16 wins and nine shutouts were        offensively and has delivered so many times for us
    softball powerhouse Pacific-10 Conference.               the most by a Hornet since the 1999 season.                in clutch situations,” Strahan said. “The team al-
        “I’m looking forward to the challenge our sched-        In 23 starts, Ferguson tallied 20 complete games        most leans on her too much to always come through
    ule presents, and our players are excited about the      and limited opponents to just a .227 batting aver-         for us with the bat.”
    opportunity,” Strahan said. “We get a free swing         age. Over a stretch of 11 appearances between                  Backing up Coyne will be junior Joanna O’Neill.
    at some of the top-ranked teams in the nation, and       March 19-April 10 of last season, the transfer from        A left-handed catcher, the Elk Grove, Calif., native
    I’m confident our players will be up to the chal-        San Jose State allowed just one earned run in 71.0         started 20 games behind the plate last season while
    lenge.”                                                  innings (0.10 ERA) and won eight-straight decisions        hitting .333 with runners in scoring position and
        The biggest key to the success of this season,       over that span.                                            .364 with runners on base.
    according to Strahan, will be the team’s ability to         “Brianne will be an anchor for this team and                “Joanna has developed well for us over the
    compensate for the loss of pitcher Nicole                someone we will lean upon heavily to give us solid         years,” Strahan said. “She had a terrific sopho-
    Deatherage. The ace of the Hornets’ staff each of        pitching performances,” Strahan said. “I know she          more year defensively and I’m looking for her to
2   the last three years, Deatherage was an all-West         will keep us in a position to win ball games, and          become more of a factor on offense this season.”
    Region and all-PCSC selection last year after post-      I’m hopeful she can become a 20-game winner this
    ing 13 victories, seven shutouts and a 0.96 ERA.         year.”                                                     First Base
        “Nicole led the pitching staff in a number of cat-      Fryou returns to the mix after a freshman season           The battle for the starting nod at first base is be-
    egories and did an incredible job,” Strahan said.        in which the Aromas, Calif., native made 15 ap-            tween newcomers Danielle Ackland and Teri Ann
    “She reached the top of her game last year, and          pearances (3-5, 2.93 ERA) and pitched in 67.0              Caoagan. Sophomore Amy Jo McKenzie, who
    her shoes will be tough to fill.”                        innings. The 5-6 right-hander stuck out 44 batters         started 38 games at designated player last year for
the Hornets as a freshman, could also get time at         at shortstop in her freshman season,” Strahan said.           A team co-captain this season, Mayhorn was a
first base.                                               “Judging from the fall season, she will be up to the      second team all-PCSC selection in 2004 after ap-
    A junior who bats and throws left-handed,             task. She has unbelievable instincts and great game       pearing in all but one game, including 57 starts in
Ackland begins her first season with the Hornets          sense.”                                                   left field. The San Jose, Calif., native led the team
after spending each of the last two seasons at                Backing up Tompkins will be junior college trans-     in stolen bases (nine) and outfield assists (six) while
Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. The tallest player    fer Gloria Toledo. A 5-7 junior from Fremont, Ca-         hitting .270 during the conference season.
on the team at 5-9, Ackland was a Junior College          lif., Toledo was an all-state and first team all-league       “Lesley leads by example and she has been a
All-American and first team all-state last season after   selection last season at West Valley Junior College       steady force in left field,” Strahan said. “She will
hitting .412 with a .640 slugging percentage and          in Saratoga, Calif.                                       be a nice hitter for us in the No. 2 spot of the lineup
a .500 on-base percentage.                                    “Gloria is a very talented and athletic player        because she can do so many things with the bat.
    “Danielle had impressive numbers at the junior        who can hit with power,” Strahan said. “She was           She can hit with power and is a great bunter.”
college level and can hit with power,” Strahan said.      huge for West Valley JC during the playoffs and               Winkler has been an all-PCSC selection during
“I’m hoping she can adjust to Div. I pitching quickly     state championships, and we’re hoping she can do          her first two years with the program and has posted
and become a major factor for us at first base.”          that on the Div. I level as well.”                        a .313 career batting average during that time.
    Caoagan, who is one of four Hornet walk-ons,                                                                    The team’s leadoff hitter, Winkler started 58 games
was a pleasant surprise for the Hornets during the        Third Base                                                in center field last year while leading the Hornets in
fall and will compete for a starting position despite        One of the top defensive players on the Hornets’       batting average (.295), at-bats (183), runs (26) and
being a freshman. Caoagan (pronounced Kuh-                roster, Hillel is back for her fourth season with the     hits (54). As a freshman, she was an all-West Re-
WAH-gun), who hails from Salinas’ Notre Dame              program. Hillel, who started at shortstop during her      gion selection after hitting .330 with 40 runs, 84
High School, led the Spirits to three league cham-        freshman season (2002), second base during her            total bases, seven triples and seven outfield assists.
pionships and a Central Coast Section champion-           sophomore season (2003) and third base last year,             “Lindy is a great all-around player who is a huge
ship (2002-04).                                           will start at the hot corner again in 2005. A 5-3         part of our success,” Strahan said. “She can get on
    “In the fall, Teri Ann really stepped up and made     senior from El Dorado Hills, Calif., Hillel started 43    base and lead the offense, she can drive in runs,
some big plays,” Strahan said. “She will battle for       games at third base last year and finished second         and she can manufacture runs with her speed. I’ve
a starting spot at first base, and very few walk-on       on the team with 120 assists.                             been toying with the idea of hitting her in the No. 3
players have ever done that during my coaching               Hillel currently ranks sixth in Sacramento State       spot of the lineup this season.”
career. She has that special something about her          Div. I history (1990-pres.) with 324 career assists.          Dawson was playing very well in the fall accord-
that I’m glad she has brought to our program.”            Offensively, Hillel, who has batted from the right        ing to Strahan, before a bout with appendicitis took
    McKenzie appeared in 43 games last season for         side of the plate during her first three years with the   her out of the lineup for five weeks. One of the fast-
the Hornets and tallied eight extra-base hits, tied       program, will switch to the left side in 2005.            est players on the team, Dawson was inserted into
for the third-highest mark on the team. She hit her          “Defensively, I don’t think there is a better third    a game 19 times last year as a pinch runner, scor-
first collegiate home run in a 1-0 victory over UC        baseman in the country,” Strahan said of Hillel. “She     ing on seven of those occasions.
Davis. A knee injury suffered prior to her freshman       has great instincts and reads the ball off the bat            “There is no player of her stature (5-0) with a
season has limited some of her mobility at first base,    better than anybody.                                      bigger heart,” Strahan said. “She wants to play so
making her a key candidate again for the desig-              “Amy has reworked herself offensively during           badly, and was battling for a starting spot in right
nated player position in 2005.                            the offseason. She is now hitting from the left side      field before her injury. If healthy, she will help us a
                                                          of the plate and will become more of a factor with        ton in the spring.”
Second Base                                               the bat.”                                                     Johnson, a 5-5 native of Seaside, Calif., comes
   After starting 51 games at second base last sea-          Backing up Hillel for the second-straight year will    to Sacramento State after serving as team captain
son in her second year with the program, Rojo will        be junior Britany Crine. A 5-3 native of Anaheim,         of the volleyball, soccer and softball teams at
control the position again in 2005. A team co-cap-        Calif., Crine played in 22 games last season, in-         Monterey High School. Johnson was an all-league
tain, Rojo batted in the No. 3 spot of the lineup in a    cluding 17 starts at third base. Crine, who commit-       and all-county selection as a senior after hitting a
team-high 24 games last season while finishing the        ted just two errors all season long, has started at       league-leading .416.
year tied for second on the Hornets with 14 RBIs.         least 17 games at third base during both her fresh-           “Hilary is the fastest player on the team and will
   “Jessica stepped up last season and helped us a        man and sophomore seasons.                                have plenty of opportunities to play this year,”
ton,” Strahan said. “She really found her game and           “Britany gives us great depth at third base, and       Strahan said. “If she doesn’t start a game in the
contributed greatly during her junior season, and         I feel very comfortable giving Amy (Hillel) a rest        outfield, she will probably be the first player off the
I’m looking for her to have a fantastic year for us in    from time to time,” Strahan said. “When I put Britany     bench in pinch running situations.”
2005.”                                                    into the game, I know she can hold her own against            Williams, 5-6 native of Stockton, Calif., gradu-
                                                          anybody at third base.”                                   ated this past year from Lodi High School. A three-
Shortstop                                                    Sophomore Gaby Barragan can play any num-              time all-league and all-area selection, Williams was
   One of three positions that could be manned by         ber of infield positions, including third base. A walk-   named all-state and league MVP as a junior at
a freshman this season, the starting shortstop job        on to the program last season, Barragan appeared          Stockton’s Brookside Christian High School after
has been given to freshman Amy Tompkins. A 5-3            in two games as a freshman.                               leading the area with a .667 batting average and
middle infielder from Salinas, Calif., Tompkins was                                                                 32 runs.
a first team all-league and all-county selection by       Outfield                                                      “Kayla has a Lindy Winkler-type blend of speed
both the Salinas Californian and the Monterey Bay            Two starting outfield spots are locked down as         and power,” Strahan said. “She can play any of
Herald during her final three seasons at Notre Dame       Mayhorn will start in left field and junior Lindy         the outfield positions, and she can hit with power,       3
High School. One of the more athletic players on          Winkler will start in center for their third-consecu-     drag bunt, slap bunt or hit to all fields.”
this year’s team, Tompkins was a member of three          tive seasons. Right field is up for grabs as sopho-           Sophomore walk-on Katie Rhoe will provide
Central Coast Section title teams in 2004 (volley-        more Ashley Dawson, and freshmen Hilary                   depth in outfield as the Concord, Calif., native ap-
ball, basketball and softball).                           Johnson and Kayla Williams battle for the starting        peared in six games during her first intercollegiate
   “Amy will be a freshman phenom and will start          nod.                                                      season in 2004.
                                  Head Coach/339-319-2/13th Season/Michigan State, ‘79

                                     Highly regarded head coach Kathy Strahan begins her 13th season at Sacramento State while guiding the team
                                  into its third season in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference. Strahan’s coaching tenure with the Hornets has spanned
                                  three conferences as she guided the team from the Western Athletic Conference (1993-96) to the Big West Conference
                                  (1997-02), and now the PCSC.
                                     An accomplished program builder with an unmatched reputation for academic excellence and integrity in her
                                  softball programs, Strahan was named head coach at Sacramento State in June of 1992. By guiding the Hor nets to a
                                  position among the NCAA’s elite programs throughout her Sacramento State career, Strahan has strengthened her
                                  already-impressive credentials among the top Division I coaches. In October of 2003, the Sacramento State softball
                                  program was ranked 40th by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in the USA Today/NFCA All-Time Top 50
    The Strahan File              poll.
                                     Under Strahan’s guidance, the Hornets have improved their win total each of the last four years, including 32
    Coaching Experience           victories in 2004, the most for the program since the 1997 season. Last year marked the eighth season that Sacra-
    Sacramento State              mento State has finished with a record above .500 since Strahan took over the program in 1993.
    Head Coach (1993-pres.)          A 21-year veteran of major college softball, Strahan has compiled a 586-564-3 (.510) career record. Her 586
    San Jose State                victories are good for 28th all-time on the NCAA list among active head coaches with at least five years of Div. I
    Head Coach (1986-92)          experience.
                                     The Lansing, Mich., native captured Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in her first season at
    Cal State Dominguez Hills
                                  Sacramento State. Her efforts led the Hornets to a berth in the NCAA Championships in 1993, the first postseason bid
    Head Coach (1984-85)          for any program in Sacramento State Div. I history to an NCAA Championship event. Two years later, Strahan guided
    Santa Monica C.C.             the 1995 squad to a 40-15 record and a No. 8 ranking in the final polls. During that same year, the Hornets hosted
    Assistant Coach (1983)        a regional for the first time in the Div. I era and finished tops in the nation with a 0.76 team ERA.
    Housatonic C.C.                  Consistent with her commitment to challenge and growth, she has taken a leading role in establishing major regu-
    Assistant Coach (1982)        lar-season tournaments at both San Jose State and Sacramento State. In its 13th year, the Capital Classic, hosted by
                                  Sacramento State, features a field of 13 teams this season, including six that advanced to the NCAA Regionals in
    Michigan State                2004 (Cal, Illinois, Iowa, Long Island, Northwestern and Oregon State). The National Invitational Softball Tournament
    Assistant Coach (1980-81)     also earned a national reputation during her tenure at San Jose State.
    Playing Experience               Before coming to Sacramento State, Strahan turned dor-
    Raybestos Brakettes (ASA)     mant programs into national powers at Cal State
    1977-80                       Dominguez Hills (1984-85) and San Jose State (1986-
                                  92). In the process, her teams and players regularly
    U.S. Pan American Team        captured individual and team academic honors.
    1979                             An honors graduate twice herself, Strahan boasts
    U.S. World Championships      an established reputation for well-coached teams and
    1978                          academic excellence. While coaching competitive pro-
    Michigan State                grams at the upper levels of Division I play, Strahan has con-
                                  sistently recruited and produced outstanding student-athletes.
                                  A league-best 13 Sacramento State players were named
    Miscellaneous                 to the PCSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll last season and
    Bachelor’s Degree             ten members of the 2005 Hornet squad have 3.0 grade
    Michigan State (1979)         point averages or better.
                                     The softball team has traditionally posted some of
    Master’s Degree
                                  the highest cumulative grade point averages in the
    Michigan State (1982)         20-sport Sacramento State athletic program since
    Hometown                      Strahan’s arrival. In seven of the previous eight
    Lansing, Mich.                years, at least one of her players has earned NFCA
    Honors and Awards             All-America Scholar-Athlete honors including
                                  Nicole Deatherage in 2003. At San Jose State, four
    Western Athletic Conference
                                  Spartans were named to the 1991 All-America
    Coach of the Year (1993)      Scholar-Athlete team, including outfielder Jenny Cook,
4   Big West Conference           who posted the highest grade point average of any San
    co-Coach of the Year (1989)   Jose State athlete in 1990-91.
    Michigan Amateur Softball        In addition to academic honors, Strahan’s athletes have
    Assoc. Hall of Fame (1995)    thrived on the field. At Sacramento State, Strahan coached
                                  Susie Bugliarello to three All-America selections from 1995-
    Great Lansing Sports
                                  97, and Tami Blunt to an All-America selection in 1993.
    Hall of Fame (2001)
Bugliarello pitched for Italy at both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. Former Hornet Katie
Cichy was drafted in 1999 by the Durham Dragons of the Women’s Professional Softball
League in the third round (15th overall pick). In December of 2003, Deatherage was drafted
by the Sacramento Sunbirds of the National Pro Fastpitch Draft.
                                                                                                                                    Overall Record
    Outfielder Gina Givogri, a WAC all-league selection in 1994 and 1995, was named to the                                        586-564-3 (21 yrs.)
United States Pan American Team that traveled to Guatemala in December of 1994. Strahan                                 Record at Sacramento State
herself was a member of the 1979 gold medal-winning United States Pan-American Team.
    The 1989 Big West Conference co-Coach of the Year, Strahan posted a 201-187-1 record                                          339-319-2 (12 yrs.)
in seven years (1986-92) at San Jose State. In that time, Strahan recorded just two losing
    Under her direction, the Spartans arrived on the national scene in 1990, finishing 34-28
and earning the program’s first-ever NCAA postseason berth. San Jose State also made its
                                                                                                                       Coaching Ledger
first-ever appearance in the national top 20, earning the 11th spot and remaining in the top
20 all season long. Strahan’s 1989 team, which won a school-record 36 games, broke or tied
                                                                                                                 Head Coaching Career Record:
52 other school records during the season.                                                                       Year ....... School ...................................... Record
    In 1992, the Spartans finished 33-24 and advanced to the NCAA West Regional. San Jose                        1984 ...... Cal State Dominguez Hills ............ 10-34
State climbed as high as ninth that year, finishing 13th in the final NCAA poll, duplicating the                 1985 ...... Cal State Dominguez Hills ............ 36-24
team’s 1991 national finish after a 32-24-1 season. Her Spartan teams won 30 or more                             1986 ...... San Jose State ............................. 22-21
games in each of her last four seasons and won 20 or more each season of her seven-year                          1987 ...... San Jose State ............................. 20-35
tenure at San Jose State.                                                                                        1988 ...... San Jose State ............................. 24-29
    Strahan began her head coaching career at Cal State Dominguez Hills in 1984. After a                         1989 ...... San Jose State ............................. 36-26
10-34 season, she led the Toros to a 36-24 record and national rankings as high as sixth                         1990 ...... San Jose State ............................. 34-28
during the 1985 season.                                                                                          1991 ...... San Jose State ......................... 32-24-1
    Prior to her stint at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Strahan spent four years as an assistant                    1992 ...... San Jose State ............................. 33-24
coach at Santa Monica Community College (1983), Housatonic Community College (1982)                              1993 ...... Sacramento State ........................ 36-21
and Michigan State (1980-81).                                                                                    1994 ...... Sacramento State .................... 25-30-1
    Strahan was a shortstop for the Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford, Conn., the Amateur Soft-
                                                                                                                 1995 ...... Sacramento State ........................ 40-15
                                            ball Association (ASA) national champions in 1977,
                                                                                                                 1996 ...... Sacramento State ........................ 32-26
                                               ‘78 and ‘80. She was also a member of the United
                                                States’ gold-medal winning team at the 1979 Pan                  1997 ...... Sacramento State .................... 32-24-1
                                                 American games, while also playing with the 1978                1998 ...... Sacramento State ........................ 25-23
                                                 U.S. World Championships team.                                  1999 ...... Sacramento State ........................ 27-26
                                                    A standout softball and basketball player at                 2000 ...... Sacramento State ........................ 25-30
                                               Michigan State, she was a member of the 1976                      2001 ...... Sacramento State ........................ 17-37
                                             Michigan State AIAW national championship team.                     2002 ...... Sacramento State ........................ 18-33
                                            Strahan was inducted into the Michigan Amateur Soft-                 2003 ...... Sacramento State ........................ 30-26
                                            ball Association’s Hall of Fame in 1995. Six years                   2004 ...... Sacramento State ........................ 32-28
                                           later, in 2001, Strahan was inducted into the Greater
                                          Lansing Sports Hall of Fame.                                           Total CS Dominguez Hills (2 years) ............... 46-58
                                            Strahan served on the NCAA Regional Softball Com-                    Total San Jose State (7 years) ............... 201-187-1
                                        mittee for five seasons and the USA Today Softball Poll                  Total Sacramento State (12 years) ........ 339-319-2
                                              ranking committee. She was also a member of the
                                                    Pacific Region softball committee and the NCAA               Career Totals (21 years) ...................... 586-564-3
                                                        certification committee.
                                                                    Strahan earned her bachelor’s                Strahan (Sacramento State) vs. the PCSC:
                                                             (1979) and master’s (1982) degrees                  School ..................................................... Record
                                                               from Michigan State in physical edu-              Loyola Marymount .......................................... 2-9
                                                                cation, graduating with honors both
                                                                                                                 Portland State ................................................. 8-4
                                                                     In addition, she authored a 224-            Saint Mary’s ................................................. 23-2
                                                                   page book entitled, Coaching Girls            San Diego ...................................................... 7-1
                                                                   Softball, detailing how to coach              Santa Clara ................................................ 15-13
                                                                   softball to girls ages 7-13.

                                                  Kathy Strahan’s Career Milestone Victories
  100 .............................   Mar. 26, 1988 ....................................... vs. Utah State, 8-0 (National Invitational Tournament, San Jose, Calif.)
  200 .............................   Apr. 13, 1991 ............................................................................. vs. UC Santa Barbara, 3-2 (San Jose, Calif.)
  300 .............................   Mar. 25, 1994 ....................................... vs. Connecticut, 10-8 (Capital Classic Tournament, Sacramento, Calif.)
  400 .............................   Mar. 22, 1997 ..................................... vs. San Jose State, 4-0 (Capital Classic Tournament, Sacramento, Calif.)
  500 .............................   Mar. 31, 2001 ..................................................................... at UC Santa Barbara, 1-0 (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
                                     Assistant Coach/Fourth Season/Tennessee, ‘01
                                       Amanda Garceau enters her fourth season with the Hornets after starring locally at Rio Linda High School and
                                    Sacramento City College, and finally the University of Tennessee. A Junior College All-American and an all-
                                    conference selection at Tennessee, Garceau will work with the outfielders while serving as first base coach,
                                    assisting in recruiting and working with the hitters.
                                       Garceau spent the 2001 season as an assistant at Tennessee under head coach Jim Beitia. Prior to that, the Rio
                                    Linda, Calif., native played two years for the Volunteers (1999-00) and Sacramento City College (1997-98).
                                       While at Tennessee, Garceau combined for a .353 career batting average, 16 home runs and 91 RBIs.
                                    Garceau, who didn’t miss a start at third base during her two-year career (a span of 134 games) with the
                                    Volunteers, was an all-Southeastern Conference selection as a junior after hitting .376 with nine home runs.
      Among Tennessee career leaders, she ranks in the top 10 in 11 offensive categories including third in slugging percentage (.551), fifth in home
    runs, sixth in batting average and doubles (32), ninth in RBIs, and 10th in on-base percentage (.411).
      As a sophomore at Sacramento City in 1998, she was a first team Junior College All-American while also being honored as the Northern
    California Community College Player of the Year and the Bay Valley Conference MVP. That year, she compiled a .429 batting average with 18
    doubles and 73 RBIs while striking out just three times in 170 at-bats.
      A 1996 graduate of Rio Linda HS, Garceau was a three-time all-league selection while leading the Knights to a pair of Capital Valley
    Conference championships in 1995 and 1996. Garceau graduated from Tennessee in the spring of 2001 with a degree in psychology. Garceau
    and her husband, Jack, currently reside in Plumas Lake, Calif.

                                     Assistant Coach/First Season/Sacramento State, ‘02
                                         After spending four years playing for the Sacramento State softball team (1999-02), Lori Meixner joins the
                                      Hornet coaching staff for the 2005 season. A team captain and all-conference selection during her playing
                                      career, Meixner will serve as the bench coach while working with the infielders. She will also assist wtih the
                                      recruiting process.
                                         Meixner had been the lead instructor at Kelly Jackson's All-American Softball School in West Sacramento,
                                      Calif., since August of 2003. She also spent time as the head varsity coach at Center High School (Antelope,
                                      Calif.) the past two years (2003-04). Current Sacramento State sophomore Amy Jo McKenzie played for Meixner
                                      during the 2003 season at Center.
                                          Meixner, who was a four-year starter for the Hornets from 1999-2002, is the program leader in career
    fielding assists (495). The Petaluma, Calif., native appeared in 196 games (including 190 starts) at second base, shortstop and third base during
    her four-year tenure as a student-athlete at Sacramento State.
       In the Sacramento State career Div. I record book, Meixner still ranks first in assists, fifth in walks, tied for eighth in RBIs, ninth in doubles and
    10th in at-bats. A team captain during her senior year with the Hornets, Meixner earned all-Big West Conference honors in 2001 and started all
    but one game during her junior and senior seasons.
       Meixner, who resides in Sacramento, graduated from Sacramento State in the fall of 2002 with a degree in communication studies.


                Amy Walter               Dr. Gloria Solomon            Heather Swanson                 Lois Mattice                  Ryan Bjork
              Volunteer Assistant     Sport Psychology Consultant        Athletic Trainer           Head Athletic Trainer            Softball SID
                   Numerical Roster                                                            Roster Breakdown
No.   Name                Pos.   Ht.   Yr.   B/T               Hometown/Previous School        By Position
1     Amy Tompkins       2B/SS   5-3   Fr.   R/R            Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame HS      Pitchers (3) – Nikki Cinque,
2     Lesley Mayhorn     OF/C    5-3   Sr.   R/R            San Jose, Calif./Oak Grove HS      Brianne Ferguson, Jennifer Fryou
                                                                                               Catchers (3) – Erin Coyne,
3     Lindy Winkler        OF    5-6   Jr.   L/R         San Andreas, Calif./Calaveras HS
                                                                                               Lesley Mayhorn, Joanna O'Neill
4     Amy Hillel           IF    5-3   Sr.   L/R      El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge HS     Infielders (10) – Danielle Ackland,
5     Britany Crine        3B    5-3   Jr.   R/R               Anaheim, Calif./Canyon HS       Gaby Barragan, Teri Ann Caoagan,
6     Ashley Dawson        OF    5-0   So.   L/R              Monterey, Calif./Monterey HS     Nikki Cinque, Britany Crine, Amy Hillel,
7     Hilary Johnson       OF    5-5   Fr.   L/R               Seaside, Calif./Monterey HS     Amy Jo McKenzie, Jessica Rojo,
8     Jennifer Fryou        P    5-6   So.   R/R Aromas, Calif./North Monterey County HS       Gloria Toledo, Amy Tompkins
10    Kayla Williams       OF    5-6   Fr.   L/R                    Stockton, Calif./Lodi HS   Outfielders (8) – Ashley Dawson,
11    Gloria Toledo        SS    5-7   Jr.   R/R             Fremont, Calif./West Valley JC    Hilary Johnson, Lesley Mayhorn,
                                                                                               Amy Jo McKenzie, Joanna O'Neill,
12    Nikki Cinque        P/IF   5-6   Jr.   R/R    Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento City JC
                                                                                               Katie Rhoe, Kayla Williams, Lindy Winkler
13    Joanna O'Neill     C/OF    5-5   Jr.   L/L              Elk Grove, Calif./Sheldon HS
14    Brianne Ferguson      P    5-7   Sr.   R/R                Ceres, Calif./San Jose State   By Class
15    Katie Rhoe           OF    5-4   So.   L/R               Concord, Calif./Concord HS      Seniors (5) – Erin Coyne,
16    Jessica Rojo         2B    5-4   Sr.   L/R          Templeton, Calif./Western Illinois   Brianne Ferguson, Amy Hillel,
19    Teri Ann Caoagan   1B/3B   5-8   Fr.   R/R            Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame HS      Lesley Mayhorn, Jessica Rojo
20    Amy Jo McKenzie    IB/OF   5-8   So.   R/R                   Elverta, Calif./Center HS   Juniors (6) – Danielle Ackland,
21    Gaby Barragan        IF    5-7   So.   R/R          Sylmar, Calif./Montclair Prep HS     Nikki Cinque, Britany Crine,
22    Danielle Ackland     1B    5-9   Jr.   L/L             Yorba Linda, Calif./Cerritos JC   Joanna O'Neill, Gloria Toledo,
                                                                                               Lindy Winkler
23    Erin Coyne           C     5-7   Sr.   R/R                 San Diego, Calif./Helix HS
                                                                                               Sophomores (5) – Gaby Barragan,
                                                                                               Ashley Dawson, Jennifer Fryou,
Head Coach: Kathy Strahan (13th Season)                                                        Amy Jo McKenzie, Katie Rhoe
Assistant Coaches: Amanda Garceau, Lori Meixner                                                Freshmen (4) – Teri Ann Caoagan,
Volunteer Assistant: Amy Walter                                                                Hilary Johnson, Amy Tompkins,
                                                                                               Kayla Williams

                Alphabetical Roster                                                            By Height
                                                                                               5-0 (1) – Ashley Dawson
                                                                                               5-3 (4) – Britany Crine, Amy Hillel
No.   Name                Pos.   Ht.   Yr.   B/T               Hometown/Previous School        Lesley Mayhorn, Amy Tompkins
22    Danielle Ackland     1B    5-9   Jr.   L/L             Yorba Linda, Calif./Cerritos JC   5-4 (2) – Katie Rhoe, Jessica Rojo
21    Gaby Barragan        IF    5-7   So.   R/R          Sylmar, Calif./Montclair Prep HS     5-5 (2) – Hilary Johnson, Joanna O’Neill
19    Teri Ann Caoagan   1B/3B   5-8   Fr.   R/R            Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame HS      5-6 (4) – Nikki Cinque, Jennifer Fryou,
12    Nikki Cinque        P/IF   5-6   Jr.   R/R    Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento City JC      Kayla Williams, Lindy Winkler
23    Erin Coyne           C     5-7   Sr.   R/R                 San Diego, Calif./Helix HS    5-7 (4) – Gaby Barragan, Erin Coyne,
                                                                                               Brianne Ferguson, Gloria Toledo
5     Britany Crine        3B    5-3   Jr.   R/R               Anaheim, Calif./Canyon HS
                                                                                               5-8 (2) – Teri Ann Caoagan,
6     Ashley Dawson        OF    5-0   So.   L/R              Monterey, Calif./Monterey HS     Amy Jo McKenzie
14    Brianne Ferguson      P    5-7   Sr.   R/R                Ceres, Calif./San Jose State   5-9 (1) – Danielle Ackland
8     Jennifer Fryou        P    5-6   So.   R/R Aromas, Calif./North Monterey County HS
4     Amy Hillel           IF    5-3   Sr.   L/R      El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge HS     Pronunciations
7     Hilary Johnson       OF    5-5   Fr.   L/R               Seaside, Calif./Monterey HS     Danielle Ackland – ACK-lund
2     Lesley Mayhorn     OF/C    5-3   Sr.   R/R            San Jose, Calif./Oak Grove HS      Gaby Barragan – Gabby BARE-uh-gen
20    Amy Jo McKenzie    IB/OF   5-8   So.   R/R                   Elverta, Calif./Center HS   Teri Ann Caoagan – Kuh-WAH-gun
13    Joanna O'Neill     C/OF    5-5   Jr.   L/L              Elk Grove, Calif./Sheldon HS     Nikki Cinque – SING-que
                                                                                               Jennifer Fryou – FREE-oh
15    Katie Rhoe           OF    5-4   So.   L/R               Concord, Calif./Concord HS                                                  7
                                                                                               Amy Hillel – HILL-ell
16    Jessica Rojo         2B    5-4   Sr.   L/R          Templeton, Calif./Western Illinois   Katie Rhoe – ROW
11    Gloria Toledo        SS    5-7   Jr.   R/R             Fremont, Calif./West Valley JC    Jessica Rojo – ROW-hoe
1     Amy Tompkins       2B/SS   5-3   Fr.   R/R            Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame HS      Kayla Williams – KAY-luh
10    Kayla Williams       OF    5-6   Fr.   L/R                    Stockton, Calif./Lodi HS   Lindy Winkler – LIND-ee WINK-ler
3     Lindy Winkler        OF    5-6   Jr.   L/R         San Andreas, Calif./Calaveras HS

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