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TWO DOMINANT WEST REGION PROGRAMS GET READY TO TANGLE AT NETTLETON STADIUM TONIGHT

(By Mike Baca) The Butte College Roadrunners moved to 9-1 in Golden Valley Conference play and 17-4 overall with a 7-0 win over the Shasta Knights on Thursday afternoon.

Tevin Cadola twirled a gem throwing a 4-hit  complete game shut-out striking out 11. Cadola wiggled out of a bases-loaded second inning jame to pick up his 6th win of the season. Dominic Visentin hit a 3-run first inning home run that highlighted a four run frame. The Roadrunners have now won 8 in a row and will play a double-header at 12 noon today in Redding against Shasta.

The Chico State Wildcats (17-6; 7-4 CCAA)  host the UC San Diego Tritons (20-8; 10-6 CCAA)  at Nettleton Stadium tonight in game one of a three-game showdown CCAA series. Chico State has captured 9 of the last 19 west region championships, while the Tritons won titles in 2009 and 2010.  You can hear the game by hitting the LISTEN LIVE button at the top of this page, you can also listen to Chico State baseball tonight at 5:35pm on Newstalk 1290 KPAY and the KPAY Sports app that you can down load for free in the app store.

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(AP) It’s been 31 years since Villanova played its so-called “perfect game” against Georgetown to win the 1985 NCAA title. The Wildcats weren’t perfect against Miami, but they were plenty good enough to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 2009.

In South Regional play, second-seeded Villanova shot 63 percent from the floor and 18 of 19 from the free throw line in eliminating Miami 92-69. Ryan Arcidiacono (ahr-chee-dee-ah-KOH’-noh) and Kris Jenkins combined to make 9 of 13 from behind the arc to score 21 points apiece.

That sends the Wildcats to the Elite Eight and a Saturday game against Kansas for a shot at the Final Four. Top overall seed Kansas defeated Maryland 79-63 to reach the South Regional final behind Perry Ellis’s 27 points. Wayne Selden Jr. added 19 in the Jayhawks’ 17th straight victory.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — At the West Regional, second-seeded Oklahoma placed five players in double figures in the Sooners’ 77-63 win over Texas A&M. Jordan Woodard scored 22 points and Buddy Hield (HEELD) had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Sooners, who now play Oregon in Saturday’s West regional final.

Top seed Oregon eliminated fourth seed Duke 82-68. Dillon Brooks led the Ducks’ scoring parade with 22 and added five rebounds and six assists. Fellow forward Elgin Cook added 16 points in help Oregon to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2007.

*Photo courtesy of Chico State Athletics at http://www.chicowildcats.com