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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...

Giants’ World Series trophies swing by Chico

Giants’ World Series trophies swing by Chico

Dariush Azmoudeh

February 6, 2015


Filed under Multimedia, Sports, Video

Thousands of San Francisco Giants fans gathered at Aaron Ray Clark Memorial Field House on Jan. 31 to bask in the glory of the team’s three recent World Series trophies. The event brought out clusters of fans dressed in orange and black from around the Chico area to take part in the Giants’ World Champion...

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...

Sports fandom brings endless thrill

Matt Murphy

November 11, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As a Northern California sports fan, I've grown up conditioned to never celebrate before the mountain has actually been summited.I always tell people that weathering being a fan of this area's sports through the 2000s means I've earned the right to be a fan. I watched the Sacramento Kings come oh-so clos...

’Cats eliminated from College World Series

’Cats eliminated from College World Series

Nicholas Woodard

May 26, 2014


Filed under Baseball, News, Sports

  The Chico State baseball team was eliminated from the NCAA Division II College World Series with a 14-6 loss to Tampa Monday in Cary, North Carolina. Tampa had 19 hits on the day, a season-high for Chico State pitchers. The 'Cats also committed four errors in the contest. At one point, Chico State was down 8-2 to...

Chico State falls in College World Series opener

Chico State falls in College World Series opener

Nicholas Woodard

May 24, 2014


Filed under Baseball, Sports

The Chico State baseball team opened the NCAA Division II College World Series with a 6-4 loss to Lander on Saturday in Cary, North Carolina. The Wildcats matched up to Lander, the nation's leader in many offensive categories, for much of the game. But at the end, the reason for the opening loss was plain and simple: errors.Chico State pitcher...

‘Cats crowned West Region champs

‘Cats crowned West Region champs

Nicholas Woodard

May 18, 2014


Filed under Baseball, Sports

On a weekend where many students were graduating to the next chapter of their lives, the Chico State baseball team was moving on to the next chapter of their season.The Wildcats won the NCAA West Region Championship with a 3-1 win over UC San Diego on Sunday, and by doing so punched their tickets for the Division II...

Chico State gets past California Baptist

Chico State gets past California Baptist

Nicholas Woodard

May 16, 2014


Filed under Baseball, Sports

Marcos Lara got two runs of support Friday night in San Diego. He probably only needed one.The right hander threw seven shutout innings as the Chico State baseball team beat California Baptist 2-0 in the NCAA West Regional. Lara scattered six hits and struck out four on the night. The Wildcat offense ba...

‘Cats advance in west region

‘Cats advance in west region

Ryan Grady

May 15, 2014


Filed under Baseball, Sports

The Chico State baseball team beat Dixie State 5-4 in the opening round of the NCAA Championship tournament West Regional Thursday at UC San Diego. Dixie State controlled most of the game by a commanding three-run first inning. It wasn't until the bottom of the eighth inning that the 'Cats to...

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