Feb 07, 2020
Humboldt State's Lizzy Prescott is among the six-former student-athletes and coaches from across the state who will be inducted into the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) as members of the Class of 2020 as announced by the conference office earlier this week.
“I want to congratulate the 2020 CCAA Hall of Fame class,” remarked CCAA commissioner Mitch Cox. “Being selected for induction is a true honor, and it couldn’t go to a more impressive group of former student-athletes and one highly respected coach. Those selected for induction have certainly made their mark on their chosen field of play, but also in their community and careers of choice, including professional athletics. It is an amazing group that we honor this year, and I look forward to celebrating this accomplishment with them.”
Each inductee will work with their respective institution and the conference office to celebrate on the campus at which they competed.
NCAA champion pitcher Lizzie Prescott made a prolific impact from the circle in her four-year career at Humboldt State. Playing the first two seasons when the Jacks competed in the GNAC, Prescott closed out her collegiate campaign in the CCAA and was named conference Most Valuable Pitcher three times, including CCAA selection in 2007 and 2008.
The three-time All-American is arguably tabbed the best pitcher in Humboldt State history. Punctuating her career as a ‘Jack, she tossed three consecutive shutouts to close out the 2008 NCAA Division II National Championship en route to championship Most Valuable Player.
Humboldt State defeated Lock Haven 2-1 to open the finals in Houston, Texas. Then Prescott recorded a 3-0 shutout over Emporia State to move on in the brackets. Her next shutout came in a rematch again Lock Haven, in a 17-inning record-setter. The 1-0 affair had Prescott in the circle for the duration, recording 21 strikeouts, an NCAA Championship Final record. Humboldt State was yet again powered by Prescott’s arm in the finale, where the Jacks defeated Emporia State 1-0 to claim the championship. All told during the finals run, Prescott tallied 51 strikeouts, which also still stands as the DII record.
Prescott’s name is also etched in the NCAA record books for single-season appearances [63 in 2008 (t-1st)], games started [56 in 2008 (t-2nd)], complete games [44 in 2008 (t-17th)], innings pitched [410.0 in 2008 (3rd)], victories [48 in 2008 (4th)], shutouts [20 in 2008 (t-17th)] and strikeouts [452 in 2008 (9th)]. Her 132 career victories are fifth in NCAA Division II, with the 16th- best career winning percentage (.857) and 1,202 total strikeouts (t-12th).
After graduating from Humboldt State with a degree in Kinesiology, the Castro Valley native enjoyed a brief stint playing post-collegiately in the Netherlands.
Prescott joins her coach, Frank Cheek, as the two Humboldt State Lumberjacks that are in the CCAA Hall of Fame.
Selected from a prestigious pool of candidates, the sixth class of inductees grows the CCAA Hall of Fame to 34 members from 13 current and former member institutions. The 2020 class honors representatives from six sports and six institutions, including NCAA Division II men’s golf individual champion Scott Householder of Cal State San Bernardino, UC San Diego women’s basketball standout Leora Juster, famed CCAA forward and MLS goal-scorer Kei Kamara of Cal State Dominguez Hills, five-time All-American on the track in Stanislaus State’s Chaunte Mitchell, and national champion on the softball diamond with Humboldt State Lizzie Prescott. Rounding out the distinguished list of student-athletes, legendary Cal Poly Pomona cross country and track & field coach Jim Sackett completes the class of six honorees.
The CCAA Hall of Fame was created during the 2013-14 academic year, in conjunction with the celebration of the Conference’s 75th Anniversary. Past inductees are:
Class of 2014
Nicole Duncan Chance, Cal State LA
Bob Hiegert, CCAA, Cal State Northridge
Carmelita Jeter, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Darlene May, Cal Poly Pomona
Kim Morohunfola, Cal State San Bernardino
John Scolinos, Cal Poly Pomona
Class of 2015
Rudy Carvajal, Cal State Bakersfield
Sonja Garnett, San Francisco State
Michael Krukow, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Ruth Van’t Land-Parkes, Cal Poly Pomona
Gary Torgeson, Cal State Northridge
Class of 2016
Angela Collins, Cal State Northridge
Julia Cuder, UC San Diego
Shannon Donnelly, Stanislaus State
Joseph Patrick Douglass, Cal State Bakersfield
Jarin Todd, Sonoma State
Kathy Welter, Cal State Bakersfield
Class of 2017
Cecilia Barnes, Cal State Bakersfield
Kevin Gallaugher, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Lance Harter, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Debra Larsen, Cal Poly Pomona
Karen Miller, Cal Poly Pomona
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Petra Babbitt, Cal State LA
Frank Cheek, Humboldt State
Samantha Middleborn, Cal State San Bernardino
Chanel Parker, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Joel Stallworth, Stanislaus State
Chris Wondolowski, Chico State