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

Offseason In Review: San Francisco Giants

By Chandler Guadagnin

With Spring Training underway and pitchers and catchers officially in camp, it’s time to take a look back and analyze the 2017-2018 offseason of the San Francisco Giants. It has been well documented that San Francisco finished 2017 with a record of 64-98. As such, the Giants front office was aggressive. With such a dismal season they had to be. San Francisco began the season in need of a new outfielder, bullpen help, an everyday third baseman and a starting pitcher or two. With so many moves made, it may be hard to keep up, so lets take a look at the Giants offseason in tabular form:

The Giants started the offseason by creating a vacancy in their starting rotation when, on December 16, San Francisco traded Matt Moore to the Texas Rangers for pitchers Sam Wolff and Israel Cruz.

On December 19, the Giants signed back catcher, Nick Hundley on a one year, $2.5M deal.

A day later on December 20, the Giants pulled off their first major trade of the offseason. San Francisco traded Christian Arroyo, Denard Span, Stephen Woods and Matt Krook to the Tampa Bay Rays for the services of 3B Evan Longoria.

The next big acquisition of the winter came on January 15, when the orange and black engineered a trade with the black and gold which sent Kyle Crick and Bryan Reynolds to the Pirates for outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

And just yesterday, the Giants added another former Pirate; signing relief pitcher Tony Watson to a two year contract with a player option for 2020. The deal is reported to be valued between $7-$9 million dollars. This allows the Giants to remain under the Competitive Balance Tax threshold for the upcoming year.

In addition to adding proven Major Leaguers, others remained on board for the upcoming year. These include: right handed starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, staff ace Madison Bumgarner and third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Both Cueto and Sandoval exercised their player options. Bumgarner was brought back via a team option.

In all, the Giants enter camp with four new major league players and seven new minor league contracts signed. However, with so many free agents yet to be signed, the Giants’ pocket book remains open.

Article Sources: www.mlb.com and www.baseballprospectus.com

Giants Sign Former Dodger Tony Watson

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Giants have officially added to their bullpen. San Francisco has added former Pirates and Dodgers relief pitcher Tony Watson on a multiyear deal to sure up the back end of their bullpen.

San Francisco has agreed with the lefty on a 2 year contract, worth $7-$9 million. The pact includes a player option for the 2020 campaign. This is big for the Giants, as it allows them to stay beneath the Luxury Tax threshold and avoid penalties for a third straight year.

Here are Watson’s statistics for the 2017 season, which he split between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.

Watson is entering his age 33 season.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.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

Celebrate New Year’s with 24 hours of Chico State Baseball Glory…….

We bring you an encore presentation of our celebration of great Chico State Baseball.

When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day we will bring you 24 hours of some of the best Chico State Baseball games from the past 20 years including rebroadcasts of National and Regional Championships. You can hear the games right here on the KpaySports.com and the KpaySports app that you can download for FREE in the app store……..

 

Our schedule….

12:00am-2:42am  CHICO vs UCSD 2014 West Regional @La Jolla

2:43am CHICO’s RALLY AT RALEY vs Sonoma State in 2012

3am-7am CHICO vs POMONA in the 2017 CCAA TOURNEY

7am-10:19am Dalton Erb 1-hits SONOMA in 2016

10:20am-10:40am CHICO rallies in 9th winning 1997 National Title

10:40am-11am CHICO STATE BASEBALL MUSICAL MONTAGES

11am-1:34pm CHICO vs FORT HAYS 1997 Regional Final @NETT

1:34pm-2pm CHICO wins the 1999 National Title over Kennesaw

2pm-6pm CHICO vs ASHLAND at 2006 D-II World Series (thriller)

6pm-9pm CHICO vs MONTEVALLO at 2006 D-II World Series

9pm-11pm CHICO beats SONOMA to win 2004 West Region Title

11pm-11:30pm CHICO walks off MESA STATE 2005 (Ryan Martin)

11:30pm-12:00pm CHICO beats UCSD in 2014 West Region Final

Merry Christmas Chico State Baseball Fans !!!

21 years of Chico State Wildcat baseball dominance will be celebrated on Christmas Day. We will look back and replay some of the great games in the history of the Wildcat baseball program.

Starting at midnight on Christmas we relive some of the best regular season and post-season games in the history of this illustrious program.

Chico State has won two National Championships, 9 West Region Titles and 9 CCAA Championships since 1996.

Here is our broadcast schedule…..

12am-3:20am:  Dalton Erb shuts down Sonoma throwing a complete game 3-hitter and striking out 11 Seawolves

3:20am: Chico State beats Sonoma in a pivotal 2000 match-up on game-winning walk single by Ryan Webb

4:00am-7:00am:  Chico State beats East Bay to win the 2016 CCAA Conference Tournament Championship

7:00am-11:00am: Chico State knocks off Cal Poly Pomona in the 2017 CCAA Championship Tournament to advance to the title game.

11:00am-3:00pm: Chico State takes on Ashland at the 2006 Division II College World Series. This classic game would go 13 innings and would feature several big moments.

3:00pm-6:00pm: Chico State wins their 1st West Region Championship outlasting Fort Hays State at Nettleton Stadium in May of 1997.

6:00pm-9:00pm: Chico State punches their ticket to the 2006 National Championship game by knocking off Montevallo University in Montgomery, Alabama.

9:00pm-11:00pm: Chico State beats Sonoma State in Pueblo, Colorado to capture the 2004 West Region Title. It would be Chico’s 5th trip to the Division II World Series in eight years

11:00pm-11:29pm: Chico State vs Mesa State 2005 West Region winners bracket game (Ryan Martin WALK-OFF winner)

11:30pm-12:00am: Chico State beats UCSD in La Jolla to win the 2014 West Region Baseball Title and punch their ticket to Cary, North Carolina