Wildcats clinch CCAA playoffs in doubleheader against SF State


Eddie Zavala takes a swing in a game against Cal State San Marcos on April 5, 2019. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

The Wildcats baseball team traveled to San Francisco and clinched a playoff berth in Friday’s doubleheader.

Game one

San Francisco State jumped on the Wildcats in the first inning with four runs, two were earned.

Starting pitcher Grant Larson threw four innings and continued the team’s season trend of issuing walks.

Larson walked five and allowed four hits. The Gators scored a total of six runs, four were earned against Larson.

In the second inning, Alex DeVito hit his sixth home run, getting the Wildcats on the board.

JT Navarro drove in his 18th RBI this season with a single in the fifth, leaving the Wildcats trailing 6-3.

The Gators began pulling away in fifth by scoring one run and another four runs in the sixth inning against Wildcats pitcher Sid Lacy. The Gators took an 11-3 lead in the sixth inning.

Both teams scored one more run to make the final score 12-4.

Game two

The Wildcats responded in game two by scoring two runs in the first. The first three batters of the game got on base for the Wildcats.

Navarro singled to lead the game off and Kyle Pineda reached on an error. The next batter was DeVito who hit a double into right-center field that scored Navarro and Pineda giving the ‘Cats’ an early 2-0 lead.

This gave way for starting pitcher Andrew Lopez to dominate. Lopez threw eight innings allowing two runs, one earned run, on six hits.

Lopez collected his fifth win of the season in 123 pitches helping the Wildcats reach the California Collegiate Athletic Association playoffs. Lopez leads all CCAA pitchers with a 1.48 ERA.

The Wildcats batting average leader DeVito started the sixth inning with a single. Myles Moran followed with a double. With DeVito at third, Dustin Miller flew out to right field, allowing DeVito to score on a sacrifice fly.

With 3-2 Chico State lead in the ninth, Alex Kent took over for Lopez. Kent struck out two of the three batters he faced and sealed the win with 12 pitches, notching his sixth save.

The Wildcats face Stanislaus State in Turlock for the final two games of the regular season Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats are 7-3 in their last 10 games.

“What’s working well is that we know what we’re capable of, we’ve been knowing, we have just come together and practiced way too hard to not be successful,” Eddie Zavala said.

Brandon Downs can be reached at [email protected] or @downsbrandon2 on Twitter.