Some regular season wins are bigger than others and Saturday’s rain-soaked win over Monterey Bay in Seaside would qualify.
One day after losing a gut-wrenching 15 inning nearly five hour game to the Otters in excruciating fashion, the Wildcats responded with an efficient 8-3 win to even the four game set at a game apiece.
Chico banged out 19 hits and blew the game open with a 5-run 4th inning. Chico State starter Hilario Tovar battled his way through 5 innings holding the potent Otters line-up to 2 earned runs and the Chico bullpen continued their stellar weekend on the coast as Dan Beavers (3 innings) and Anthony Baleto (one inning) combined for four innings of scoreless relief.
The Chico bullpen has now pitched 15.1 innings in the series and has given up only two earned runs.
Designated hitter Alex DeVito went 5-for-5 and drove in three runs for the Cats who have now banged out 36 hits in the two games of the series.
We learned a lot about the mental toughness of the Wildcats on Saturday. The 15-inning loss could send some teams into a tail-spin, instead the Cats played Saturday’s game in stormy weather with great energy and applied pressure throughout the game.
Chico has held reigning CCAA Player of the Week Jacob Tonascia to a 1-for-10 in the series while Myles Hager is only 1-for-13. The two teams will play a double-header on Sunday to wrap up what has been a tremendously entertaining series. Game time on Sunday is at 12 noon with the Wildcat pre-game at 11:35am
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