Tovar pitches game one gem, ‘Cats get pummeled in game two


Wildcats second baseman Louie Canjura celebrating after his first career home run Sunday. Photo credit: Martin Chang

The Chico State baseball team split its home doubleheader with the UC San Diego Tritons Sunday, winning game one by a score of 7-0 and falling in game two 11-2.

In game one, pitcher Hilario Tovar had all his pitches working. Tovar pitched 7 1/3 innings allowing four hits and zero runs. The win was No. 4 for Tovar, bringing his record to 4-4 on the season. Tovar would then hand the ball to reliever Dan Beavers to finish off the final inning and 2/3.

Chico State pitcher Hilario Tovar pitched seven scoreless innings Sunday. Photo credit: Martin Chang

The Wildcats got the scoring started in the second inning when catcher RJ Hassey grounded into a double play with no outs scoring the runner from third.

The ‘Cats would add to their lead in the fourth inning with an opposite field single by right fielder Kyle Blakeman. RJ Hassey added two more runs with a double down the left field line before second baseman Louie Canjura singled in another run.

Canjura was not done as he hit a two-run home run to right field in the eighth inning, his first on the year. The Wildcats went on to win 7-0.

Game two would be a different story for Chico State as the Tritons jumped out to a early three run lead in the first inning.

The Tritons added scores early and often against the Wildcats. Wildcats pitcher, Andrew Schantz was pulled after just going 1 2/3 innings and allowing three earned runs.

The Wildcats were able to get on the board in the fifth inning on a two run home run by shortstop Casey Henderson, his first on the year.

After a three run first, three run sixth and three run seventh inning, the Wildcats would eventually lose game two of the double header 11-2.

The Wildcats will finish their series against the Tritons at 11 a.m. Monday at Nettleton Stadium.

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