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Play Ball: Wildcat baseball looks to rebound in 2016

Play Ball: Wildcat baseball looks to rebound in 2016

January 30, 2016


Filed under Baseball, Showcase, Sports

The Chico State baseball team returns to Nettleton Stadium determined to gain a spot in the 2016 College World Series. The Wildcats start their season at home against Menlo College on Saturday, Jan. 30. After ending last spring with an overall record of 18-25 and a winning percentage of .419, the...

Q&A: baseball superstitions

Q&A: baseball superstitions

January 29, 2016


Filed under Baseball, Sports

Some of us have a superstition or routine that we follow without second-guessing it. For example, to avoid seven years of bad luck, you may toss salt over your shoulder after knocking over a salt shaker. Superstitions and routines are a way of life and are common when it comes to baseball. Baseball pl...

Chico’s favorite pastime to return this summer

Chico’s favorite pastime to return this summer

Kenta Mcafee

September 8, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Sports

Chico baseball fans have been deprived of summer baseball since the loss of the Chico Heat in 2002, but the pastime is coming back in June of 2016. The Heat was founded in 1997 and stood strong as a monument to Chico's love of baseball, but was disbanded in 2002 due to the collapse of the entire league.While the He...

MLB playoff race heats up

MLB playoff race heats up

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

August 31, 2015


Filed under Sports

There's nothing quite like September baseball. Dreams come true and hopes are crushed all within a month's time. As the regular season winds down, here's a closer look into some California MLB teams that are hoping to make their playoff dreams come true.San Francisco Giants: When the whole team is hea...

Pioneers pillage ‘Cats

Pioneers pillage ‘Cats

Dylan Wakefield

April 29, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Sports

Stretching zero runs to the seventh inning, the Chico State baseball team lost their Friday night home opener against the visiting Cal State East Bay Pioneers. The game started off scoreless in the first inning. Leading off the second inning, Cal State East Bay squeezed in a run to open up the...

‘Cats take doubleheader over Gators

‘Cats take doubleheader over Gators

Matthew Vislosky

April 22, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Sports

Chico State men's baseball team took on San Francisco State University in a doubleheader on Saturday after a tough loss the night before.The team won both games in the doubleheader which extended their record to 17-21 on the season.Game 1The Wildcats struck first in the top of the second, when junior catcher Cody Bistline singled to center field...

‘Mercy rule’ stirs debate among athletes

‘Mercy rule’ stirs debate among athletes

James Groh

April 22, 2015


Filed under Sports

Most sports fans find nothing more satisfying to watch than their favorite team blowing out its opponent. But the majority of baseball leagues have prevented this from ever happening. Even though college players are considered adults, they are still subject to the "mercy rule." The mercy rule...

Wildcats lose series finale

Wildcats lose series finale

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

March 24, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Sports

The Wildcats lost the series finale to the number 11 ranked Cal Poly Pomona Broncos on Sunday, 3-7. The Broncos broke open the game with two runs in the first, one in the second, and two in the fourth. The 'Cats tried to answer back in the second with an RBI by first year outfielder Tyler Alev, driving in ju...

Wildcats overpower Cal State San Bernardino

Wildcats overpower Cal State San Bernardino

Julie Ortega

March 15, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Sports

With a four-game losing streak under their belt, the Chico State baseball team traveled to Nettleton Stadium to face Cal State San Bernardino.The 'Cats broke their losing streak winning 8-0. In the first inning, the Coyotes were struck out by graduate pitcher Luke Barker. The Wildcats came in the bottom of the in...

Wildcats drop both games in double header

Wildcats drop both games in double header

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

March 12, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Sports

It was a tough weekend for the Chico State baseball team as they lost both games of a double header against the UC San Diego Tritons, 7-10 and 3-4 respectively. Game 1 The Tritons struck first scoring two runs in the bottom of the second against junior pitcher Brad Lohse. The Wildcats answered with a ...

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...

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...

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