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POST-SCRIPT: Remarkable Chico State Softball Season Ends but Legacy is Cemented

For a team that had so many great hits and moments their 2018 season ended one hit short.

The team affectionately known as #Team50 staged a miracle rally in the elimination game in the  bottom of the 7th inning at James I Moyer Field in Salem, Virginia at the Division II National Championship Tournament,  only to see their rally fall 60 feet short. Southern Arkansas outlasted the Wildcats in a 12-11 thriller that won’t soon be forgotten.

It may take awhile for the Chico State team to look back on this game with admiration, but in due time they will realize it was THAT type of effort and spirited play that made this team so lovable.  This Wildcat team made fans out of all of us, as we sat mezmerized over the last 6 weeks marveling at their amazing win streak (29 games) and their thrilling CCAA Tournament Title, Sub-Regional wins over Cal Baptist in Chico and their gut-churning Super Regional win over perennial power Dixie State. The feats are etched.

Chico jumped on top in the bottom of the 2nd inning after banging out a hit and drawing three walks to score the game’s first run. But Southern Arkansas batted around in the top of the 3rd chasing Chico starter Haley Gilham, scoring four times and taking a 4-1 lead. The Cats immediately came off the mat to score four of their own in the bottom of the third, highlighted by a 3-run blast by Bailey Akins giving Chico State a 5-4 lead.

Chico State Head Coach Angel Shamblin had pulled  Gilham in the top of the 3rd  she went to left-handed reliever Sam Mulock. The southpaw retired seven hitters in a row bridging the 3rd thru 5th innings and after the Wildcats added an insurance run in the 4th, Chico took a 6-4 lead into the top of the 6th inning.

Mulock would walk the lead-off hitter in the 6th and that would spark a four-run Southern Arkansas  rally. They plated four runs in the inning to turn a two-run deficit into an 8-6 lead. The Cats would scratch out a run in the bottom of the 6th on a RBI double by senior Cyrena Taylor, who had a tremendous national tournament. Taylor was on base all five times she came to the plate in Friday night’s game, drawing two walks, banging out two hits and reaching base on an error. Taylor was only retired once in her nine plate appearances at the tournament. But, the Cats would leave Taylor at 3rd and trailed 8-7 heading to the 7th,

Southern Arkansas would once again add runs in the 7th and it came on one swing of the bat by Megan Godoyo, her two-out grand slam had seemingly put the game out of reach going to the bottom of the 7th inning as Chico trailed 12-7.

Chico was down five with only three outs to go, but the Wildcats gave their faithful followers one final thrilling half inning of softball. With one out Bailey Akins hit her 2nd home run of the night cutting the Wildcats deficit to 12-8. The next hitter Megan Bowley would work the count full and eventually hit a liner that was dropped by the Southern Arkansas shortstop for an error, Wendy Cardinali then hit a pop-up in front of home plate that was clanked by the So. Arkansas reliever Brooke Ford-Nelson, she then inadvertently  kicked the ball all the way to the back-stop putting runners at 1st and 3rd with one out. After Kristin Worley’s laser hit the Southern Arkansas second baseman in the shin and kicked into short center, the Cats had cut the deficit to 12-9 and had the tying run coming to the plate in Ari Marsh. Marsh would line one into the left-center field gap and it skipped all the way to the wall both Bowley and Cardinali would score and all of a sudden the Cats trailed only 12-11 and had the tying run at second with only one out. Taylor then lined a single to right moving Marsh to 3rd. Chico had the tying and winning runs on base. After a ground out back to the pitcher by Karli Skowrup moved Taylor, the possible winning run to second, Claire Wayne stepped in. Her pop-up to third base would end it, bringing to a close a remarkable and incredibly entertaining 2018 Chico State softball season.

The Wildcats rallies were stuff of legend, but when they look back they may cringe at the opportunities missed, not only from Friday night but also from Thursday night’s tournament opening loss versus Saint Leo. In that 3-2 loss the Cats managed only four hits but they received seven walks while leaving  9 runners on base all while going 0-for-8 with RISP. On Friday the Cats banged out 10 hits, received 6 walks and 5 base runners due to Southern Arkansas errors. Chico would go 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

#Team50’s season may have ended without a National Championship, but in the end they may have done something even more valuable for their program and school. For one four-month stretch they became the talk of the town, they seized the mantle of most favored status in the athletic department halls  and left a lasting legacy of excellence that will be very difficult to top. Years from now when #Team50 gathers at reunions, they will smile and remember, a season that was, and a legacy that was left behind.

 

Photo Courtesy of Chico State Athletics 

http://www.chicowildcats.com

Chico looks to bounce back after opening day loss……

It’s a new day for the Chico State Wildcat Softball team. After a near flawless regular season and post-season run the Wildcats experienced their first bit of adversity by falling to Saint Leo in their opening  game 3-2. The Wildcats had numerous opportunities to get on the board, leaving the bases loaded in the 1st and 3rd innings and managing only run in those innings.

The Cats also went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position striking out four times and popping up twice. It was an uncharacteristic performance by the Wildcats who took pride all year in getting those big hits in those big spots.

Chico gets a chance at redemption and a chance to continue in the National Championship Tournament as they play Southern Arkansas today. Southern Arkansas fell to St. Anselm 2-1 in 9 innings yesterday.

Because of inclement weather in the forecast the schedule for the Saturday games from Salem If the Wildcats win they will play Angelo State on Saturday morning at 5:30am with our pregame show coming your way at 5:25am

You can listen to all Chico State Tournament games from Salem, Virginia right here and on the KpaySports app

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHICO STATE WILDCATS ATHLETICS 

 

 

Salem Bound: Chico State Softball begins pursuit of big prize…

The Chico State Softball team has been magical for three months and three weeks. If they can be magical for another week they have a chance to wrap up an amazing season with some hardware.

The 55-4 Wildcats left for Salem, Virginia Tuesday morning as they chase a Division II Softball National Championship. Chico rolled through their CCAA competition for much of the year, but faced stiff challenges in their sub-regional and Super Regional match-ups.

Two weeks ago Northwest Nazarene took a 2-0 lead into the 5th inning of the sub-regional opener before the Wildcats responded with a win. Then, the Cats battled to a scoreless tie versus Cal Baptist in the winners bracket game before winning 3-0. Then, to wrap up the sub-regional the Cats had to rally again for a 7-2 victory over Cal Baptist.

Last week’s Super Regional was a thriller as the Cats had to battle in a decisive third game. This time rallying from a 2-0 deficit in the 3rd inning of the title tilt. Chico would emerge with a 4-3 win on the guts of all-world hurler Haley Gilham and three home runs that propelled Chico to Salem.

The Wildcat women have been methodically dominant in the 2018 campaign using the long ball for a school record 61 home runs. Karli Skowrup and Baily Akins have each hit 14 home runs while Skowrup is 13th in the nation with 64 runs batted in.

Kristin Worley leads the Cats with a .385 batting average and a .474 on base percentage while Amanda Flores (.369) Skowrup (.368) and Ari Marsh (.356) are all hitting over .350

In this, the 50th year of Chico State Wildcat Softball the Wildcats are trying to do what only one other team was able to accomplish and that is win the softball national title. Back in 1980, the Wildcat program was not part of the NCAA, but they would capture the national championship. Chico won the West Regional on 2002 making their only other trip to the national tournament in the school’s history.

9th year head coach Angel Shamblin has built quite the program. The Wildcats have been consistent winners over the years but it has all come to fruition in the 2018 campaign. The combination of exemplary pitching, power bats and an unwavering toughness and grit has Chico on the brink of a national title.

Their quest begins on Thursday, games you can hear on the KpaySports app (download for free in app store) right here on KpaySports.com and on your Amazon Echo device with the skill of, “hey Alexa, play KpaySports dot-com.” Your Wildcat pregame comes your way at 3:25 from the KpaySports studios with first pitch slated for 3:30pm

For a more detailed account of the Wildcats amazing journey, click the link below to read the Chico State National Tournament preview written by Rory Miller

http://www.chicowildcats.com/news/2018/5/21/softball-wildcats-head-to-salem-looking-to-make-50th-year-the-most-historic-of-all.aspx?path=softball

 

PHOTO COURTESY of ChicoWildcats.com

Listen to the Chico Pomona Replay

Beginning at midnight May 2nd KpaySports along with the KpaySports app and on Amazon Echo will replay Games 1, 3 and 4 from this past weekend’s series with Cal Poly Pomona. The Wildcats and Broncos split a highly competitive series as they battled at Scolinos Field. Just clink on the Listen Live tab on this page or download the KpaySports app on your mobile device to listen to 24 hours of Kpaysports programming with archived Chico State, Butte College, Chico Heat and high school games.

Our schedule beginning at midnight tonight
12a-3am Chico @ Pomona Larson and DeVito lead Cats over Broncos
3am-5am Chico @ Pomona Casey Costello tosses one hit shut-out
5am-9am Chico @ Pomona Broncos beat Cats 12-10 in a slugfest
9a-12pm Larson DeVito game
12pm-2pm Costello twirls gem
2pm-6pm Broncos win slugfest
6pm-9pm DeVito 3 run bomb supports Larson gem
9pm-11pm Costello dazzles
11pm-3am Bernardy torments Chico again Broncos win 12-10

Wildcats get big series win; Giants come up short versus Diamondbacks

It had been 11 games since Chico’s best run producer had driven in a run. Alex DeVito was sitting on a 9-for-45 stretch, but his team needed him with two on and one out in the bottom of the 4th inning in the biggest game of the year. DeVito made sure he would drive in more than a run with a colossal blast over the left field wall off of UC San Diego right-hander Jonah DiPoto giving the Wildcats a 3-to-1 lead.

Chico would lean on first time starter Christian Stiegele who pitched brilliantly thru four allowing three hits and one run. Bullpen stand-out Anthony Baleto was fantastic navigating the dangerous top of the Triton line-up twice and only allowing a two-out solo home run in the 7th. Jae Wagner would come in to quell a rally in the 9th inducing a critical double play on his first pitch.

The Wildcats won a series for the first time since March 5th when they swept San Francisco State. Since that series the Wildcats had lost 10 of 16 and needed a signature series win to get them back in the CCAA race. They got it.

Chico travels to Cal State San Marcos this weekend for a four game series. You can hear the series right here on KpaySports dot-com and the KpaySports app. Friday’s pregame comes your way at 2:35pm

 

(AP) — Zack Godley is off to a great start, and so are the Arizona Diamondbacks.Godley pitched seven scoreless innings, Paul Goldschmidt had an RBI triple and the Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Monday night.

The Diamondbacks won for the sixth time in seven games and matched the best start in franchise history through 10 games. They’re 8-2 for the first time since 2008.

Godley (2-0) struck out nine and allowed four hits and no walks. He’s allowed just one run in 14 innings this season.

“It’s been really good so far just being able to execute pitches,” Godley said. “The biggest thing is our defense has been awesome.”

Godley was pretty good, too, attacking with a biting curveball that had the Giants batters off-balance all night.

“They were just aggressive,” Godley said. “Their aggressiveness played right into what we wanted to do going into the game.”

Goldschmidt tripled to right-center off Giants starter Derek Holland (0-2), highlighting a two-run first inning. A.J. Pollock’s sacrifice fly scored Goldschmidt.

Holland allowed two runs, struck out eight and walked one in six innings of two-hit ball in his second start with his new team.

After giving up the triple to Goldschmidt, the 31-year-old left-hander retired 17 of his final 18 batters.

The Giants’ best scoring chance off Godley came in the fifth, when Buster Posey reached on a fielder’s choice and went to third on Brandon Crawford’s one-out single. But Godley got Hunter Pence to pop out to first and Gregor Blanco on a grounder to second.

“He did everything we needed him to do on a night when we might’ve been a little short in the bullpen,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.

“The big double plays, making pitches when his back was against the wall and not giving in and making quality pitches all night long, that was what he did.”

The Giants scored their only run in the eighth when Crawford doubled leading off the inning and scored on Blanco’s infield grounder.

Archie Bradley pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save.

The Giants were 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position. They’re .125 average (3 for 24) batting with runners in scoring position is the worst in the majors.

“Our guys were battling,” Holland said. “It was a pitcher’s duel going in and he lasted longer than I did. Just processing this game, they were hitting the ball. They made contact, found some holes, hit mistakes.”

BEEDE TIME

The Giants activated RHP Tyler Beede, and the 24-year-old right-hander will start Tuesday’s game for his major league debut. Beede, a 2014 first-round pick, will pitch in place of RHP Johnny Cueto, whose start was pushed back to Wednesday. In a corresponding move, the Giants optioned RHP Roberto Gomez to Triple-A Sacramento.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: OF Steven Souza Jr., on the DL with a right pectoral strain, complained of discomfort Sunday after playing in a simulated game in which he homered twice in seven at-bats and threw from over 100 feet. An MRI showed fluid in the area of the injury. “This is part of the process,” Lovullo said. “I do not consider this a setback whatsoever.” … 3B Jake Lamb (left shoulder AC joint sprain) took dry swings and did some running and throwing Monday. He’ll ramp up baseball activities Tuesday.

Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (right pectoral strain) pitched three innings in a simulated game and is expected to throw make a rehab start later this week. He could be activated next week.

UP NEXT

LHP Patrick Corbin (2-0, 1.38 ERA) will pitch Tuesday’s game for Arizona against Beede.

A’s win series opener versus Texas….

(AP) — The Oakland Athletics got more than they expected in Andrew Triggs’ first start since suffering a season-ending hip injury last June. The bullpen was pretty good, too.Triggs pitched five effective innings, Jed Lowrie hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh, and the A’s beat Texas 3-1 on Monday night, spoiling the Rangers debut of Bartolo Colon.

“At some point in time it’s going to be tough to keep covering four innings of a game,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “I’m glad we have an eight-man bullpen because there are a couple guys not available every day, as there will be tomorrow.”

Triggs allowed four hits — including Joey Gallo’s RBI single in the fifth — struck out seven and walked two.

Ryan Buchter followed Triggs with 1 2/3 innings, and Chris Hatcher (2-0) retired two batters for the win. Blake Treinen got five outs for his first save despite allowing the first two batters to reach in the ninth.

“Our team is built to finish games and we’ve got a lot of good arms in the bullpen that can go multiple innings,” Treinen said. “It’s a nice luxury to have. You win a game 3-1 against an offense that you see all the time, you tip your cap to Triggs, the bullpen doing the work and the offense coming in with some big hits in the seventh.”

Matt Chapman homered for the second time in two days, and Matt Olson and Jonathan Lucroy had two hits apiece for Oakland. The A’s had lost three straight since beating the Angels on opening day.

The Rangers have dropped six consecutive road openers and nine consecutive games at the Coliseum.

“If our guys continue to take the approaches that they’re taking, get on base, continue to swing the bat and find the barrel, some of those hard-hit balls are going to find the grass and we’ll get rolling,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said.

Called up from the minors before the game, Colon allowed seven hits in six innings. The A’s only run off the portly right-hander came on Chapman’s homer leading off the third.

At 44 years, 313 days old, Colon became the oldest player in the majors this season, slipping past Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki, who is four months younger. Last season Suzuki said he wanted to play until he’s 50.

Colon might not stick around that long, but he pitched well enough in his first start of the season.

“Mentally and physically I think have a lot to give,” Colon said. “I felt great throwing strikes. That’s what I do.”

The A’s went ahead to stay in the seventh. Lucroy hit a one-out double off Kevin Jepsen (0-1). Marcus Semien, who struck out twice against Colon, walked with two down and Lowrie greeted Jake Diekman with a towering double off the wall in right field.

Chapman homered off Colon on an 0-2 pitch. Chapman also connected against Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani on Sunday.

GIANTS HOME OPENER….

The San Francisco Giants have their home opener this afternoon against the Seattle Mariners. Giants will send opening day starter Ty Blach to the mound. Blach was dominant in his opening day start shutting down the Dodgers in a game the Giants eventually won by a score of 1-0.

Early season anxiety for the Giants as they scored only two runs in four games against the Dodgers, with those runs coming on solo home runs by Joe Panik that led to a pair of 1-0 wins.

WARRIORS IN OKC….

The Golden State Warriors continue to try and heal all while playing out the string of the NBA season. The Warriors still have Steph Curry on the shelf after a knee sprain last week and he is expected to miss the first round of the playoffs. Recently, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson returned from injury and back-up guard Patrick McCaw is still recovering from a nasty fall suffered against the Sacramento Kings over the weekend.

The Warriors are locked into the number two seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

CHICO STATE TRACK & FIELD AND BASEBALL HOME THIS WEEKEND….

The nationally-ranked Chico State men’s and women’s Track & Field teams are hosting the Chico Distance Carnival and Twilight Invitational this weekend. Its the final tune-up before the CCAA Championship. The two-day event  begins on April 6th

The Wildcat baseball team will be home for four games this weekend. The Cats host rival UC San Diego. Rain is expected this weekend, but the series is slated to start on Friday with a 6pm game, our pre-game begins at 5:35pm

Wildcats respond after 15 inning loss……

 

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

photo courtesy of http://www.chicowildcats.com

Sobering reality as Wildcat men face final two week sprint……

For some Chico State men’s basketball fans participation in the Division II NCAA men’s basketball tournament is the program’s birthright, but with last Thursday’s loss versus Stanislaus the Wildcats tournament hopes could rest on their final four games.

This week the first of three regional rankings will be released. The rankings determine the teams that will comprise the 64-team field and the NCAA Tournament. For the past six seasons, the unveiling of the rankings were a culmination of three months of stellar play and only reinforced the Wildcats deserved recognition as one of the best basketball teams in the West.

Wednesday will be different…..

When the rankings are unveiled the Wildcats will most likely not see their name in the top-8 meaning they have some work to do to make a 7th straight trip to the NCAA’s. The Wildcats have a very difficult schedule down the stretch, and it couldn’t come at a better time. Chico NEEDS quality on their schedule and with this quality they need wins. The criteria to get into the NCAA Tournament are pretty clear. There are actually sophisticated formulas based on wins, wins against good and bad teams, and your strength of schedule. For the purpose of this column, let’s just simplify it, because int Chico’s case it is simple.

  1. Beat the teams on your schedule
  2. Beat as many good teams as possibly, preferably on the road
  3. Don’t lose to teams under .500
  4. Win games head-to-head against NCAA Tourney teams

While the Wildcats have compiled a 16-6 record, only 15 of those wins actually count when determining post-season consideration. Chico’s win over Simpson College doesn’t count since Simpson is an NAIA school. Of the Wildcats 15 wins only THREE have come against D-II teams with better than .500 records. Chico has lost 5 games to teams that are .500 or better and one to a sub .500 Dominguez Hills team. They don’t have any road wins against teams over .500. San Bernardino is 12-11 and Chico beat them on the road. But, one of their wins is against Vanguard University, which means they are 11-11 in the eyes of the committee. Chico could certainly use the Coyotes finishing over .500.

Yes, the situation for Chico State is serious.

With San Diego and San Marcos coming to town this week its the perfect opportunity for the Wildcats to strengthen a resume that needs some polishing. Next week the Wildcats will play road games against San Francisco State and Sonoma. The Gators are over .500 and  are always tough in The Swamp. Pat Fuscaldo always has his Sonoma club ready for Chico and is a tough get in Rohnert Park. This four-game gauntlet is not Chico’s only chance to jump into the top-8. They still have a life-line in the CCAA Tournament. If Chico were to win the post-season conference tournament they would get the automatic qualifier to the NCAA’s. But, a strong showing over the next two weeks could mean winning the CCAA Tourney isn’t their only hope.

Fans might be asking why is this year different than others ? The Wildcats are tied with San Diego and San Marcos in the CCAA standings, why are those teams in better shape ? Well, San Marcos beat Chico earlier this year by 18 and the Tritons beat Chico by 23 a few nights later. That is why this week’s games are VITAL.

Also, Chico isn’t only competing for NCAA spots with teams from the CCAA but also the Great Northwest Conference (GNAC) and the Pacific West Conference (Pac-West)

In many cases there are teams with similar records but much stronger resume’s and better wins than Chico State. For example St. Martin’s from the GNAC is 16-6 against D-II opponents and has a couple of losses against sub .500 teams but they also have 4 ROAD wins (@CalBaptist, @CWashington, @SPU, @WWU) against teams over .500 three of these will probably be ranked in the first regional ranking. In this case, similar record, but St. Martin’s, at least now, a much stronger resume than Chico State.

The good news for the Wildcat faithful is they have their playoff destiny in their own hands. They can surge into the discussion in a big way with wins this weekend. They can put an end the question with wins over the next two weeks and a run in the CCAA Tournament.

The other bit of good news. This great group has been through the battles. I simply don’t see seniors Jalen McFerren, Isaiah Ellis and Corey Silverstrom, possibly the greatest triumvirate of Wildcats ever assembled at the same time, going out with a whimper. I’ve seen this group win CCAA Titles, a West Regional and dazzle us with some of the most electrifying basketball venerable ole Acker Gym has ever seen.

I expect this Chico State team to play the next four games like their NCAA Tournament lives depend on it, because it does.

 

PHOTO COURTESY of Chico State Athletics http://www.chicowildcats.com

 

Big weekend for Basketball, Baseball and Softball for Chico State

As the Chico State basketball teams enter the home stretch, the Wildcat baseball and softball teams open their 2018 seasons this weekend.

The Chico State Softball team was picked to finish 2nd by the conferences coaches. The Cats are coming off of an impressive 39-18 season where they advanced to their third straight NCAA Championship Tournament. The Wildcats will be trying to do something they have never done and that is advance to four straight NCAA Championships. The season opens in Las Vegas where the Wildcats will play five games in three days.

Feb 2 vs Eastern New Mexico & Academy of Art

Feb 3 vs Azusa Pacific & Western Washington

Feb 4 vs Concordia

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The Chico State Baseball team opens their 2018 season with a three game home series against the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds. Chico is coming off of a record-setting regular season in going a CCAA record 34-4. They captured the regular season and post-season conference tournament titles, only to fall in the West Regional. The Cats were picked by the conference coaches to win their third straight CCAA title.

To do it the Cats will have to replace a ton of offense which made the Wildcat lineup as potent as we’ve seen in years. Chico does return the CCAA Player of the Year Cameron Santos and a stable of power arms that should ease the transition. Head coach Dave Taylor is excited by several of the new faces that will dot the Wildcat lineup that should have the Cats in the mix again.

Chico opens with a double-header on Friday at 12 noon and a single game at 12 noon on Saturday. You can hear the Friday games on the KpaySports app and right here

http://radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/KPAY

at 11:40am on Friday. We are on the app, website and on AM-1290 KPAY on Saturday at 11:40am as well.

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The Chico State Basketball teams are in action this week as well.

The Chico women 10-9 overall and (8-7) in CCAA play look to break a three game losing streak. Whitney Branham is averaging better than 18 points a game and hopes to lead the Cats to more home success on Thursday night against Monterey Bay. Women will tip at 5:30pm with our pre-game at 5:06pm on AM-1290 KPAY. The women host Cal State East Bay on Saturday at 5:30pm

The Chico State men are rolling. After losing three straight games over an eight day stretch from Dec 31-Jan 6th the Cats have won five in a row, including a double-header sweep of  Dominguez Hills and Cal State Los Angeles on the road last weekend.

Chico is 14-5 overall and 11-4 in the CCAA. They host Monterey Bay at 7:30pm on Thursday and East Bay on Saturday

Redemptive Weekend has Wildcats primed for rivals….

After a disastrous eight day stretch which saw the Chico State Wildcat men’s basketball team lose games by 18 (Dominguez Hills) 18 (San Marcos) and 23 (UC San Diego) the Cats got their groove back this past weekend at Acker Gym with solid wins versus Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona.

With the wins the Cats are now 11-5 overall and 8-4 in the CCAA. The Cats now ready themselves for their arch-rivals Humboldt State who come to town Saturday night. Humboldt started the season 0-6 in CCAA play but have  gone 3-3 in their last six conference contests with wins over Cal State LA and Dominguez Hills and a road win against San Marcos. They also had a near misses against conference co-leaders San Diego and Pomona.

The Chico State women look to stay undefeated at home and look to sweep the season series from Humboldt State when they host the Jacks at 5:30 on Saturday. Chico is 7-0 on their home floor and are coming off of home wins against San Bernardino and Pomona. Chico extended some payback versus the Coyotes and Broncos after losing to both teams in early December.

Chico is led by the conference’s leading scorer in senior Whitney Branham who is averaging 18.8 points per game. In mid-November the Wildcats beat Humboldt 77-67. The Lumberjacks struggled early but won seven straight games from November 25th thru January 5th. Chico and Humboldt come into the Saturday match-up tied for the 3td in the CCAA with records of 8-4.

The women play at 5:30 with the men taking the floor at 7:30. You can listen on AM-1290 KPAY also on the KpaySports app and also right here on KpaySports.com