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Wildcat leads team, steps onto mound as starting pitcher

Wildcat leads team, steps onto mound as starting pitcher

Dylan Wakefield

March 4, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Sports

Friday nights are the new Sundays for pitcher Luke Barker. In his five years with the Chico State baseball program, Barker has played a slew of roles, from the redshirted first-year to the experienced junior closer. Now Barker has worked his way to the top of the totem pole with the Wildca...

‘Cats take doubleheader sweep against Warriors

‘Cats take doubleheader sweep against Warriors

James Groh

February 26, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Sports

Chico State’s baseball team beat Cal State Stanislaus 5-4 in an eleven-inning thriller. Game 1 The Wildcats jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to runs by two of their outfielders, junior Kyle Westhuis and senior Danny Miller. All momentum seemed to be with the 'Cats, ...

Music pumps up Wildcats’ performance

Music pumps up Wildcats’ performance

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

February 22, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Softball, Sports, Track and field

Even after putting on the uniform and stretching, some athletes still need one more element to put them in the zone before a game — music. Certain songs fire up athletes' intensity and get them pumped up for a game.Will Ferrell's character in the movie "Blades of Glory" put it succinctly — "It gets the people...

Pitch perfect: Making decisions on the mound

Pitch perfect: Making decisions on the mound

Dylan Wakefield

February 18, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Softball, Sports

Pitchers have endless combinations, hundreds of distinctive styles, but one common goal in mind — strikeouts.Every batter is a different fight, and a pitcher on the mound has to decide whether to take a risk and throw a weaker pitch or set the tone and throw mastered ones. For pitchers, their decisions depend heav...

Chico State battles Sunbirds in season opener

Matthew Vislosky

February 16, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Sports

Chico State Wildcats took on Fresno Pacific in a double header, with both teams coming away with a win. Game one: The wildcats jumped out to a quick lead in the third inning when senior Danny Miller drove in two runs off of a single, giving the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. The Wildcats held the lea...

‘Cats fall in season opener

‘Cats fall in season opener

Breanna Barnard

February 15, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Sports

The Chico State baseball team entered in their first game of the season playing against Fresno Pacific in their home territory with the 'Cats losing 1-2.The game consisted of many no hits no runs from both teams with little action. In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Sunbirds finally made a comeback with first year infielder Nat...

Senior catcher thrives in Wildcat baseball program

Senior catcher thrives in Wildcat baseball program

Dylan Wakefield

February 3, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Sports

In baseball every ground ball and pop fly counts, every at-bat sends a message and every practice is the difference between playing a part in the starting lineup or not. According to Dave Taylor, the baseball team's head coach, returning senior catcher Peter Miller has made all of his opportunities count since ...

Chico State baseball team season preview

Chico State baseball team season preview

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

January 28, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Sports

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...

Wildcat athletes’ game-day superstitions

Wildcat athletes’ game-day superstitions

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

January 26, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Sports

All throughout sports there are strange superstitions or out of the ordinary game-day routines. There are some universal ones that everyone follows. For example, in baseball, if a pitcher is throwing a no-hitter, no one is allowed to talk to him in between innings when he...

Baker, Furner named Wildcats of the Year

Baker, Furner named Wildcats of the Year

Nicholas Woodard

December 14, 2014


Filed under Baseball, Soccer, Sports

The inaugural Orion Sports Wildcat of the Year voting has come to a close. And with that, the first Wildcats of the Year have been selected.Nick Baker is your 2014 male Wildcat of the Year, and Brianna Furner has been named as your 2014 female Wildcat of the Year. Baker, a former pitcher on the Chico...

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Nick Baker

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Nick Baker

Emerson Keenan

November 18, 2014


Filed under Baseball, Sports

When athletes are deciding where to go to school, it sometimes comes down to where they can make the biggest impact right off the bat. For former Wildcat pitching ace Nick Baker, that was just one of the reasons he chose Chico State.Baker is currently a candidate for the 2014 Orion Sports Wildcat of the Year, after going 10-2 in 16 sta...

Former Wildcat ace impresses in the minors

Former Wildcat ace impresses in the minors

Jose Olivar

September 3, 2014


Filed under Baseball, Sports

Getting off to a great start is something former Chico State pitcher Nick Baker has been accustomed to throughout his career. During his first season in 2011 with the Wildcats, he posted nine wins out of the 12 games he started, the most out of any pitcher on the team that same year. The...

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