Chico advances to regional with gutty CCAA Tourney title; Dubs open conference finals

CHICO STATE WILL BE TRYING TO WIN THEIR 10TH WEST REGION TITLE IN THE SCHOOL’S HISTORY

An amazing four days of baseball resulted in a 15th NCAA West Region appearance in 21 years for the Chico State baseball team. The Wildcats went 4-1 over the four day tournament including 3 wins in a 36 hour period where they played some of their best baseball of the season

May 11     Chico beats Pomona 6-2

May 12     UCSD beats Chico 7-6

May 13     Chico beats Monterey Bay 4-2

May 13     Chico beats East Bay 4-2

May 14     Chico beats East Bay 10-9 (CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME)

By capturing the CCAA Tournament title the Wildcats notch the automatic qualifier to the NCAA West Regional. They will open regional play against Pomona on Thursday at 7pm. You can hear all of the Chico State games on the Kpay Sports app that you can download for free in the app store. And also right here on KpaySports.com.

(AP) — The opening game of the NBA’s Western Conference final is this evening in Oakland, California, as defending league champion Golden State plays host to Oklahoma City. The Warriors advanced by eliminating the Blazers in five games while it took the Thunder six games to get rid of San Antonio.

During regular season play the Warriors won all three games played with the Thunder.

This series has its share of marquee players with Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green for the Warriors against Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook for the Thunder.

Game 2 in the best of seven series will be Wednesday in Oakland before the series shifts to Oklahoma City for Games 3 and 4.

The winner of this series will face the winner of the Cleveland-Toronto Eastern Conference final in the NBA Finals, which starts play tomorrow night in Cleveland.

(AP) — Brian Elliott had another standout game in net, David Backes and Jori Lehtera had goals and the St. Louis Blues opened their first Western Conference final in 15 years with a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks Sunday night.

Tomas Hertl scored on a first-period deflection for the Sharks, who outshot St. Louis 32-23 but couldn’t quite solve Elliott.

The Sharks were the best road team in the NHL in the regular season at 28-10-3, but have dropped four in a row on the road in these playoffs, including all three in the second round against Nashville. They had seven goals in three road losses to the Predators and were 0 for 3 on the power play, which had been a major plus. San Jose had been converting on 33 percent of its power plays in the postseason.

Game 2 is on Tuesday night.

AP) — Danny Valencia hit three home runs, including a two-run shot in the ninth inning that lifted the Oakland Athletics to a 7-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday.

Valencia’s final homer — his fifth of the season, all in the three-game weekend series — came on the first pitch from Steve Geltz (0-2), Tampa Bay’s fifth pitcher.

John Axford (3-1) pitched an inning for the win and Ryan Madson got three outs on four pitches for his 10th save.

Brandon Guyer went deep twice for the Rays in a game that featured seven home runs.

(AP) — Manager Bruce Bochy successfully challenged to get a game-ending double play after Brandon Crawford singled in a run in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep.

Bochy challenged that Rickie Weeks was safe at first base on what turned out to be a 4-6-3 double play. If the call had stood, the tying run would have scored from third. It was San Francisco’s fourth double play of the game.

Santiago Casilla escaped the trouble for his ninth save.

The Giants had just one hit — Trevor Brown’s home run — through eight innings. But they opened the ninth with three singles off Brad Ziegler (1-2).

Hunter Strickland (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning to get the victory.