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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

Chico State baseball team season preview

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...

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

Baker, Furner named Wildcats of the Year

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...

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

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Nick Baker

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...

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

Former Wildcat ace impresses in the minors

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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

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...

Chris Cobb, mens basketball assistant coach. Photo courtesy of Chico State.

Athletes prepare for high-pressure situations

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...

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

‘Cats dominate in series opener

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...

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

Wildcat baseball catches preseason awards

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...

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