The Orion

Solid pitching and defense earns a series win

Wildcat batter takes a swing in a home game against Cal State San Bernardino.

Matthew Wreden

March 9, 2020

The Wildcats picked up a series win at Nettleton Stadium on Sunday after taking down the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes 9-0. This makes for back-to-back series wins for the Wildcats.     Skylar Limonchi and JT Navarro helped carry the Wildcats (15-7, 11-5 CCAA) to their win. ...

The Wildcats rock Nettleton Stadium in home opener

The Wildcats cheer their teammates on.

Matthew Wreden

February 8, 2020

JT Navarro stepped up to the plate in the the top of the third inning with the bases loaded and a four run lead. Navarro wasted no time, swung at the first pitch he saw and blasted a towering moon shot to deep left field to extend the Wildcats’ lead 10-2. Navarro trotted around the bases and was met wi...

Chico State get critical win over Pomona

Larson went all nine innings, allowing four hits, one unearned run and securing the win for the Wildcats . Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Noah Andrews

April 21, 2019

Chico State baseball hosted the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos at Nettleton Stadium this Saturday. In a game that had serious tournament implications for both teams, Chico State emerged with the 4-1 victory. The win moved Chico's overall record to 21-17 and 17-16 in the Califonia Collegiate Athletic Association....

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...

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...

TBT: Chico State athlete looks back on Make-A-Wish event

Four-year-old Davan Jones receives her gift as student athletes look on. Photo credit: Jordan Olesen

Anna Baytosh

May 5, 2016

I stood alongside my peers on the Nettleton Stadium baseball field anticipating the arrival of a very important four-year-old girl. I was surrounded by fellow student athletes who were all there for the same magical reason, to grant a wish. Every other year, the Chico State Student Athlete Advisory...

Chico State baseball team splits doubleheader

Senior Ben Gamba waits for the ball in a game against Academy of Art. Photo credit: Lindsay Pincus

Patrick Pace

April 8, 2016

In a make up for rained-out games on March 5, the Chico State Wildcats faced the Cal State East Bay Pioneers on April 5 in East Bay. The Wildcats won the first and lost the second of two high-scoring bouts. Game One In the first game East Bay got off to a hot start, scoring two runs in the first inning ...

Roque’s field of dreams

Senior shortstop Tony Roque steps into a pitch during a game against Academy of Art. Photo credit: Lindsay Pincus

Anna Baytosh

March 23, 2016

For months, senior shortstop Tony Roque was included in a group message about raising money to buy a team pingpong table. To his surprise, the Chico State baseball team instead invested the money in something of incomparable value. Since Roque can remember, his mother has relentlessly worked two jobs...

Chico Heat rekindled for 2016 season

Chico Heat co-owners Pat Gillick, left, and Steve Nettleton, center, with Heat mascot Heater the Dragon. Photo credit: Chico Heat

Kenta Mcafee

March 8, 2016

The five-year wait for summer baseball is almost over as the Chico Heat get ready to take to the field, with their first game on June 3 at Colusa Casino Stadium. The Heat, a semi-pro team, burned out in 2002 after their league collapsed. In 2005, the Outlaws took over, but disbanded six years later...

Baseball team wins opening day with a walk-off

Tony Roque jumps high to catch the ball during a scrimmage on Jan. 21. Photo credit: Lindsay Pincus

January 31, 2016

Chico State men's baseball team won its home opener at Nettleton Stadium against the Menlo College Oaks with a walk-off in the bottom of the 9th inning. This win kicks off men's baseball with a pre-conference record of 1-0.Junior pitcher, Clayton Gelfand, dominated the strike zone with strong and preci...

Chico Heat returns to Nettleton Stadium

Chico Heat co-owners Pat Gillick, left, and Steve Nettleton, center, with Heat mascot Heater the Dragon. Photo courtesy of Chico Heat.

Robert Engels

December 9, 2014

After a short lived drought, summer baseball will be back in Chico in 2016 with the reintroduction of the Chico Heat. The announcement for return of the formerly-independent professional team was made Nov. 25th by Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Pat Gillick and Steve Nettleton, the original ...

Students scramble to fix plans for visiting family and friends

Inforgraphic by Liz Coffee

Christine Lee

January 29, 2014

This year, only five guests per one graduating student will be allowed to enter Nettleton Stadium for the Chico State commencement in May.Every year, about 10,000 guests fill the stadium each day on Sat. and Sun., said Chico State spokesperson Joe Wills. This year, the university will be ticketing guests in order to cut attendance down to about 8,000 ...

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