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Chico State baseball team season preview

Dave Taylor keeps the team on its toes with fly balls and grounders during practice on Friday. The Wildcat baseball team is looking to make it to the Division II College World Series for the second year in a row. Photo credit: Zach Aucella

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

January 28, 2015

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...

Baker, Furner named Wildcats of the Year

Former Chico State pitcher Nick Baker has been named the 2014 Orion Sports male Wildcat of the Year. Photo courtesy of Nick Baker.

Nicholas Woodard

December 14, 2014

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

Former Chico State pitcher Nick Baker has been nominated for the Orion Sports Wildcat of the Year. Orion file photo

Emerson Keenan

November 18, 2014

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 Chico State ace and current Hillsboro Hops minor league baseball player Nick Baker. Photo courtesy Nick Baker

Jose Olivar

September 3, 2014

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...

Wildcats baseball team showered with awards

Sharon Martin

May 12, 2014

The Chico State baseball team took home a conference-leading 11 awards Thursday at the California Collegiate Athletic Association awards ceremony in Stockton. Head coach Dave Taylor was named CCAA Coach of the Year after leading this season's team to a 29-10 conference record and a 39-13 overall record. Tay...

Pitcher finishes career on strong arm

Nicholas Woodard

April 30, 2014

As a Wildcat, Nick Baker has done it all. He’s thrown gems on the mound, competed in the NCAA College World Series and earned a sweet nickname along the way. To think he almost donned the Dodger blue. The senior pitcher passed up a professional offer and came to Chico State instead. Now in his final season, B...

Baker tosses gem in win against Pioneers

Senior business major, Nick Baker, throws from the stretch in Friday night's game against Cal State East Bay. Photo credit: Alex Boesch

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 shutout Gators in doubleheader sweep

The Wildcats call for a bunt to attempt to advance the runners.  Chico state battled San Francisco State in a doubleheader Friday. Photo credit: Alex Boesch

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...

Athletes prepare for high-pressure situations

Chris Cobb, men's basketball assistant coach. Photo courtesy of Chico State.

Sergio Sanchez

February 24, 2014

The bases are loaded with nobody out and the cleanup hitter steps into the batter's box. On the court, there are five seconds left on the clock and the team is down by a bucket. These are examples of pressure situations teams and athletes go through during a season. Practice and mental preparation help Chico ...

‘Cats dominate in series opener

Starting pitcher Nick Baker tossed six and two-thirds scoreless innings in Friday's win against Academy of Arts. Photo courtesy of Chico State.

Ryan Grady

February 21, 2014

  The Chico State baseball team cruised past Academy of the Arts Friday 8-2 on a warm day at Nettleton Stadium. Starting pitcher Nick Baker set the tone by throwing six and two-thirds scoreless innings. Baker struck out six and walked only one. The win now puts Baker at a 2-1 for the season. ...

Wildcat baseball catches preseason awards

Nick Baker, senior pitcher, prepares to release a throw. Photo courtesy of Chico State Sports Information Department.

Nicholas Woodard

February 12, 2014

Pitching and defense go hand in hand. A pitcher needs his defense to make plays behind him and the defense relies on the pitcher to set the pace of the game. Luckily, the Chico State baseball team has two of the best players covering these positions. Senior pitcher Nick Baker and junior shortstop Cody Slader lead in pit...

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