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Rain becoming a problem for Wildcats baseball and softball

Rain flooded the tarp on the softball field after a thunderstorm. Photo credit: Brandon Downs

Brandon Downs

March 13, 2019

The Wildcats baseball and softball teams have not been able to play and practice how they would like due to this year's high amount of rain.The softball team has had four games postponed and six games canceled this season because of rain. That’s a total of 10 games the softball team has to either...

Larson makes history as Wildcats baseball gets back to winning

Dalton Smith came from Chico High School and redshirted his first year before making his first collegiate start Monday. Photo credit: Brandon Downs

Brandon Downs

March 5, 2019

Chico State’s starting pitcher Grant Larson threw the first one-hit complete-game shutout in Chico State baseball history on Monday. The left-hander struck out a career-high 10 Cal State Monterey batters, leading the Wildcats to a 5-0 win and snapping the Wildcats six-game losing streak. “I...

Wildcats face fourth straight defeat, fall against the Otters

Dustin Miller batting at the top of the second inning against Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday, Mar. 1, 2019. Photo credit: Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

March 3, 2019

The Wildcats looked forward to redeeming themselves after a doubleheader loss against the Gators in the previous week. They were soon disappointed as California State University, Monterey Bay took both games by seven runs on Friday. “We are just not pitching very well, so nothing is going to change...

Larson throwing his way to MLB draft

Grant Larson's most memorable game came in 2017 in the CCAA championship game when he started for the first time for the Wildcats.

Brandon Downs

February 22, 2019

Grant Larson, the left-handed, 6-foot-7 ace Wildcats pitcher wants to take his talents to the professional level after the 2019 season. In his 2018 sophomore campaign, Larson had a 6-4 record with 82.1 innings pitched and a 3.39 ERA. He struck out 71 batters and walked 15. “I’m obviously really ...

Wildcats baseball fight but lose battles in doubleheader

Wildcats turn a double play to get out of the fourth inning. Photo credit: Brandon Downs

Brandon Downs

February 18, 2019

Game one: Game one of Sunday’s baseball doubleheader was a back-and-forth rally full of action; with a total of 25 runs between Chico State and Stanislaus State. The Stanislaus State Warriors stepped into the box and immediately started hitting and scoring. The Warriors rallied early agains...

Wildcats baseball team holds on in game one, shutout in second

Chico State third baseman Kristian Scott attempts to tag Simpsons' Creed Smith in the fifth inning. Photo credit: Brandon Downs

Brandon Downs

February 8, 2019

Chico State’s baseball team split Friday's doubleheader with the Simpson Red Hawks, giving the Wildcats their first loss of the season.Game one:The Wildcats were up 10-2 in the ninth inning of the first game when the Red Hawks came storming back with six runs in their final at-bats.“We need ...

Wildcats baseball sets high goals for the year

Wildcats baseball captains from left to right: Tyler Stofiel (13), Alex DeVito (34), Brandon Hernadez (32), and Grant Larson (51). Photo credit: Brian Luong

Brandon Downs

February 6, 2019

The Wildcats baseball team looked to get back into the swing of things after they headed down for a series against Fresno Pacific to start the 2019 campaign. Aside from a rain delay that canceled their Saturday game, the Wildcats could not have asked for a better start to the season taking two out...

Coach Taylor: ‘I have the best job in the country’

Head coach Dave Taylor looks at his bench during a game against Sonoma State. Photo credit: Jacob Auby

Jason Spies

May 3, 2016

When Chico State baseball head coach Dave Taylor sits new players down to explain how the program and the team dynamic works, he promises to help them achieve two things. One, that they will graduate in four years with a degree and he will do everything he can to help them. Two, that they will play in...

Wright shines in loss against Broncos

Junior Josh Falco loads up in a game against the Academy of Art. Photo credit: Lindsay Pincus

Patrick Pace

April 21, 2016

Junior pitcher Grant Wright had an amazing game in a 10-6 loss to the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos on Sunday, April 17. The Broncos had already scored three runs in the first inning when Wright entered the game. He had not pitched anything more than an inning and a half throughout the season, but on this d...

Baseball team holds ace up its sleeve

Junior Clayton Gelfand fires a pitch against the Academy of Art on Feb. 12. Photo credit: Lindsay Pincus

Kenta Mcafee

February 16, 2016

So far this season, the baseball team has been dominating the diamond and are spurred by the phenomenal pitching of junior Clayton Gelfand. Gelfand has had three starts for the 'Cats, and has racked up 15 strikeouts, one pick off and an opponent batting average of .182, against 43 batters. His...

Chico State baseball team season preview

Dave Taylor keeps the team on its toes with fly balls and grounders during practice on Friday. The Wildcat baseball team is looking to make it to the Division II College World Series for the second year in a row. Photo credit: Zach Aucella

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

January 28, 2015

The taste of sunflower seeds, the smell of pine tar and the sweet sound of the crack of a bat; it’s baseball season. The players are eager to get back into action as they hope to build on their success from last year. The 'Cats are seeking their second consecutive appearance in the Division...

Baseball alumnus nears goal to pay chemo treatment

Aaron Demuth, center, with wife Lindsey and son Mason. Photo courtesy of the Demuth family

Enrique Raymundo

November 5, 2014

Hundreds of people across the state and country have joined forces to help a Chico State baseball alumnus pay for chemotherapy and other medical procedures.Aaron Demuth, 29, has neuroendocrine cancer, an uncommon cancer that afflicts 35 per 100,000 people, according to a study about carcinoid tumors. His family set up a crowdfunding campaign on gofundme.com to raise $100,...

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