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‘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...

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 Sports, Video, Visuals

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...

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