Wildcats rally late to take second game and split doubleheader


Kyle Blakeman in at bat early in the 2018 season at Nettleton Stadium. Photo credit: Martin Chang

The Chico State baseball team split today’s doubleheader with Cal State Los Angeles. The Wildcats lost the first game by a score of 8-4 and won the second game by a score of 3-1.

Chico State was able to end a four game losing streak in the second game and will look to split the series with Cal State LA on Saturday.

In the first game of the doubleheader, the Wildcats struck first by an RBI groundout in the first inning. The lead was short lived when Cal State LA took advantage of an error along with four hits to score three runs of their own.

In the third inning, shortstop Casey Henderson tacked on a run by a passed ball. The Wildcats got as close as one run in the first game, but Cal State LA kept the lead throughout.

On the mound for the Wildcats was pitcher Grant Larson. Larson went five innings and gave up 12 hits along with three earned runs. Larson’s record on the year is now 3-2.

It was a different story for the Wildcats in game two of the doubleheader. Chico State took the lead in the top of the second with an RBI double by RJ Hassey. The double drove in Trevor Steinman.

The Wildcats had a better outing on the mound in game two. Andrew Schantz, who is normally a relief pitcher, got the start. Schantz went four innings without allowing a run.

In the bottom of the sixth, Cal State LA made things interesting with by tying the game at one a piece. The Wildcats were lucky to get out of it allowing one run as pitcher Jae Wagner got out of the two on base jam late in the game.

The top of the seventh is where the Wildcats pulled away. Manager Dave Taylor selected Kyle Blakeman to pinch hit and the move was a success. Blakeman hit a pinch hit RBI double to give the ’Cats the 3-1 lead.

Chico State split the series against Cal State LA, bringing their season record to 18-14.

Noah Enns can be reached at [email protected] or @NoahEnns21 on Twitter.