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Chico State baseball pushed by pitchers

Chico State baseball pushed by pitchers

Nicholas Woodard

April 9, 2014

Here’s a number: 1.99. That’s the Chico State baseball team’s ERA, best in the league. Here’s another number: 46. That’s the number of pitches it took Brad Lohse to throw a seven-inning complete game against Cal State Stanislaus. It’s anyone’s guess as t...

Wildcat catchers display good grip on game

Wildcat catchers display good grip on game

Nicholas Woodard

April 8, 2014

Behind the strong pitching staffs of the baseball and softball teams at Chico State is a select group. It's a group that works hard to frame strikes, dig out sliders and nail base-stealers. Catchers. The Wildcat catchers are not only receivers for a pair of league-leading staffs, but they also display the physical and ment...

Wildcats baseball continue losing streak against Cal State East Bay

Wildcats baseball continue losing streak against Cal State East Bay

April 6, 2014

The Chico State baseball team lost its second game in a row to Cal State East Bay losing 8-7 Sunday afternoon. The score does not indicate how the game was played. The Pioneers of East Bay got out to an 8-0 lead through six innings. It was a rough afternoon for the Wildcat pitching staff. Starter Derek Sesma only lasted two innings, gi...

Baker tosses gem in win against Pioneers

Baker tosses gem in win against Pioneers

Greg Silvia

April 5, 2014

The Chico State baseball team continued its winning ways Friday night with a 5-1 victory against Cal State East Bay to kick off the four-game series at Nettleton Stadium. It was the fifth ranked Wildcats 11th win in a row. Once again, the Wildcats received a gem from ace starting pitcher Nick Baker throw...

Wildcats dash to success, stolen bases

Wildcats dash to success, stolen bases

Angelo Boscacci

April 2, 2014

Standouts Alli Cook and Cody Slader are speed demons on the basepaths. The pair showcase their talents for Chico State's softball and baseball teams, respectively.Cook, who is currently ranked fourth in the California Collegiate Athletic Association with 15 stolen bases, observes the other team's pitcher."I ...

Former quarterback catches break as Wildcat outfielder

Former quarterback catches break as Wildcat outfielder

Nicholas Woodard

March 31, 2014

Today, Ryne Clark calls the outfield of Nettleton Stadium home. But four years ago, his home was on a San Diego State football field. It’s been quite a journey since then. The senior Chico State outfielder spent his pre-Wildcat days battling for a quarterback job for the Aztecs before returning to fin...

Wildcats shutout Gators in doubleheader sweep

Wildcats shutout Gators in doubleheader sweep

Greg Silvia

March 29, 2014

It was a successful Friday afternoon on the diamond for the Chico State baseball team. The Wildcats defeated the San Francisco State Gators in both games of the doubleheader. The ’Cats won the first game 3-0 on the backs of a five-hit combined shutout thrown by Nick Baker and Luke Barker. They got the scoring started i...

Former Wildcat remembered as ‘positive force,’ great teammate

Former Wildcat remembered as ‘positive force,’ great teammate

Nicholas Woodard

March 29, 2014

Christian Franco, an alumnus who was a standout Wildcat baseball player during the 1999 and 2000 seasons, passed away Feb. 15 in a fatal car crash in Chula Vista. He was 37 years old.Franco started his baseball career at Sweetwater High School in the suburbs of San Diego. He went on to play at Southwestern College, al...

Athletes shine through rain

Athletes shine through rain

Ryan Grady

March 11, 2014

Slippery hands, drenched uniforms and muddy cleats all come along for the ride while competing in a downpour.Adjusting to the differences in game play while at the whim of the weather is another task completely for three Chico State athletes.Sometimes baseball games are called due to the rain. This is the worst...

Wildcats look back at their athletic heroes

Wildcats look back at their athletic heroes

Nicholas Woodard

February 28, 2014

It seems like every weekend one Chico State athlete or another is making a huge play or part of a heroic accomplishment. But even heroes need heroes. Many Wildcats have their own personal sports icons to thank for greatly influencing the way they play their respective sports. ...

Announcer recalls calling ‘Cats games

Announcer recalls calling ‘Cats games

Angelo Boscacci

February 26, 2014

May 17, 1939 marked the first time a baseball game was broadcast on TV. Princeton beat Columbia 2-1. People had two options for catching the game before television made its way into homes — buy a ticket and sit in the stands or turn the dial on the radio. Mitch Cox, associate director of athletics, ha...

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