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post-mortem exam for 2019 chico state baseball

A new format begins this year for the Division II NCAA West Region baseball tournament and sadly the Chico State Wildcats will not be part of it.

Last week’s 17-4 loss to Cal Poly Pomona ended what was a tumultuous Wildcat campaign that ultimately ended without them reaching their goal. Ironically, Pomona, a team that looked dead in the water for nearly two months, used the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament to find their mojo and win the tournament clinching the automatic bid to the regional.

Before we pick apart the 2019 season it should be noted how far this incarnation of the Wildcats came. The Cats got off to a terrible start, losing their first six conference games and sitting in last place before an improbable week on the road led to the resurrection of the season. In early March Chico won three games in one day at Cal State East Bay and then a few days later bussed down to Cal State San Bernardino and swept a four-game series to move from 0-6 to 7-6 and put themselves back in contention.

The Wildcats would proceed to play great baseball until things went sideways in the second game of a series in San Diego where Chico coughed up a 4-0 lead in the 7th at a game in La Jolla and would lose three-out-of-four in the series. Chico would play .500 baseball for a month before having a stellar final week of the year winning 7-of-8 including a thrilling four-game sweep of Sonoma State and an exciting final day sweep on the road of Stanislaus State vaulting into 3rd place in the CCAA.

Despite the strong finish the Cats success did not translate into a deep post-season run. Heading into the off-season there are more questions than answers and the Wildcat brain-trust have several issues that will need to be addressed if they want to get back to the NCAA West Regional

Head Coach Dave Taylor and his staff will be breaking down the season and roster to look at what went right and what went wrong. One thing we know from Coach T is he will do a full exam of the season and is not afraid to address trouble spots. This can be the tough part of coaching because in some cases you are dealing with good guys who are fun to be around, but in the grand scheme, if you don’t think the group can win a regional, changes are made. They have to be made, and in the nearly 25 years of Chico State Baseball, those changes can be swift.

There are specific areas where Chico State baseball came up short. Let’s see where they can improve…..

THROW STRIKES…..

If you saw Chico State fans (or radio guys) with hands clasped this season it was probably because we were praying for Wildcat pitchers to throw the ball over the plate. No Chico State team in the last 24 years walked more batters per game than the 2019 Chico State Wildcats . These freebies haunted Chico State all season long. Chico pitchers issued 230 walks over 49 innings translating into 4.69 walks/per game. The most walks Chico had issued per game in a season before the 2019 season was in 2016 when they issued 3.14 walks per game. The precipitous jump was too much to overcome and these free base runners cost Chico probably 8-12 games. When you throw in the 53 batters that Chico hurlers plunked the Wildcats put 5.77 runners on per game in the 2019 season and that doesn’t include hits. 32 of these 53 hit batsmen where from the bullpen. Usually when pitchers come in from out of the pen they enter with traffic on the base-paths. If they are hitting batters with runners on base, that usually is a predictor of bad news.

The stunning statistic is that Chico pitchers had the 3rd best batting average against out of the twelve teams in the CCAA. When Wildcat arms threw strikes, they were able to utilize their solid defense, get outs and win games. But, when they issued these freebies, winning became tougher, much tougher. Coach T saw the problem early, tried to fix it, but in the end it was a season long problem. The Wildcats will certainly be looking to address the lack of command and become better strike throwers next season.

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The Wildcats play in a beautiful ballpark that is picturesque but most importantly fair. Pitchers certainly get a fair shake at The Nett. The yard symmetric dimensions with 330 down the lines, 375 to the alleys and 405 to dead center. During many home dates the wind is blowing in from left, giving pitchers a huge advantage making the ballpark feel bigger than it is. The Wildcats know that small ball will win you ballgames, win you regionals and can win you a Division II College World Series, but you do need to have a little pop.

Chico hit 13 home runs in 2019. This number was the fewest in the CCAA and ranked 26th out of 27 teams in the West Region. But, its not just home runs. The Wildcats only managed 94 extra-base hits in 49 games. This ranks 25th out of 27 teams in the region. The Wildcats slugging percentage of .368 ranked 19th out of 27 teams. It should be noted, you can win with power numbers like this, but a team’s margin for error is very slim when that one swing that can get you back in the game, isn’t there. There have been Chico teams who didn’t have a lot of power, but you can’t walk nearly 5 batters a game. The formula doesn’t work when you give away so many freebies.

Its a tough problem to solve because a team’s need for power can not outweigh their need to be a good defensive team. The Wildcats had defensive issues in 2018 and they addressed that with some great defensive additions in 2019. How much defense do you sacrifice to bring in sluggers ? Not an easy answer to this one.

It should also be noted that with Cal Baptist and Dixie State moving to Division I and with UC San Diego making the jump in 2021, the west has the feel of being wide open, but when you take a closer look there are some massive impediments to west region dominance. Azusa Pacific has hosted the last two D-II West Regionals and they are the top-seed this year. Azusa plays in a tiny, hitter friendly ball-park. Power is rewarded. High fly balls in the gaps that would be routine outs, 20 feet from the track at Nettleton Stadium are home runs at Azusa. To win regionals you may need to win at Azusa. The game is just different at that ballpark. So, balance is most definitely needed. You may not need home run hitters, but guys who hit doubles in gaps would certainly help.

I do not envy the Wildcat brain trust this year. 2019 feels like an outlier. We have never seen a year like this in recent Chico State baseball history. When breaking down the numbers its amazing Chico State won 28 games. The Wildcat players and coaching staff did an amazing job of rescuing a season that was set adrift in late February. They scratched, they clawed, they fought.

With that said, Dave Taylor said it best, “we don’t play for conference tournaments. We play for regional championships.” The Wildcats have an off-season full of important decisions. At this time next year, they do not want to be conducting end of season interviews with their players, they want to be preparing for the 2020 West Regional

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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.

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

New Day….New Energy…..I Believe

Tommy Lasorda was asked after a tough loss once how he slept ?

“I slept like a baby, one hour up and one hour down.”

I imagine the Chico State Wildcats baseball team had a few restless hours after laying their heads on the pillow last night. The magical comeback resulting in victory was not to be at the Division II West Region Baseball Tournament and now the #1 ranked in the nation Wildcats have no more tomorrows, because today, and today only is their day of reckoning.

The Wildcats will take on Division-I bound Cal Baptist this morning in an elimination game at this regional. The winner gets to keep playing while the loser sees their season come to an unceremonious end.

In my 20 years calling Chico State baseball this team ranks right up there with some of the best and most fun I have ever called. At no time do I ever believe this team is out of a game. As I sit writing this I don’t see a daunting task in front of them that may seem to the outsider as insurmountable. I see another challenge laid down before this incredibly competitive and talented group.

How does a club win four or five games in four days against really good teams ? Ahhhh, there’s the trap. Chico State doesn’t have to win four or five games in four days. All they have to do is win today. That’s it. Just win today. Win the moment. Win the present. Be aware, with laser like precision of this very  moment and the Wildcats will be fine.

This team has always wanted to do things that this historic program has never done. Here is their chance. No Chico State baseball team has ever come back to win a regional, let alone play for a regional or World Series title after dropping their first game. The gauntlet has been cast. The challenge is before them.

I am excited to see them get after it today !!!

 

Giants keep pace while Kaepernick goes after Hillary and Trump

 

(AP) — Buster Posey homered for his 1,000th hit, Hunter Pence also went deep one batter later and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 12-3 on Tuesday night.

Brandon Crawford tripled twice for San Francisco, which remained a half-game behind the Mets for the top NL wild card and one game up on the Cardinals for the second spot.

Matt Moore (12-12) matched his career high with 11 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings, rebounding from his worst start this season.

Posey and Pence hit consecutive solo shots, the fifth time the Giants have had back-to-back homers this year. Each player drove in two runs on the night. Conor Gillaspie added a two-run homer in the eighth.

(AP) — Rookie Jefry Marte hit his first career grand slam in a seven-run fourth inning Tuesday night and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 8-1.

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (8-14) held the A’s to one unearned run in eight innings. After going 0-4 with a 5.70 ERA in his first five starts since being acquired from the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 1, Nolasco has gone 4-2 with a 1.47 ERA in his last six starts.

The Angels had 12 hits, seven for extra bases. Right fielder Kole Calhoun had two doubles and a triple for the Angels, who have won six of their last seven games.

The A’s dropped to 67-90, giving them consecutive 90-loss seasons for only the second time in Oakland history (1977-79). The A’s have lost seven of eight.

Right-hander Daniel Mengden (2-9) continued his difficult rookie season for the A’s. He was charged with eight runs in three-plus innings. He gave up nine hits and a walk.

(AP) — San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has become a key figure in a growing protest against racial inequality, had a harsh assessment of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a day after the first presidential debate.

“To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” Kaepernick said Tuesday. “Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist. And at this point, talking with one of my friends, it was, you have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end, it’s still evil.”

Kaepernick also responded to a statement Trump made during an August radio interview in which he said Kaepernick’s anthem protest wasn’t “a good thing” and that the athlete might want to find a country that works better for him.

Kaepernick said it was “a very ignorant statement, that if you don’t agree with what’s going on here and that if you want justice and liberty and freedom for all that you should leave the country.”

By Luke Reid

@http://www.chicowildcats.com

It’s taken a total of five days for the Chico State men’s golf team to put to rest any talk that this might be a “down” year for the program. The Wildcats wrapped up their second
tournament of the season with a second-place showing at the Western Washington Invitational Tuesday. Saturday, they won the Saint Martin’s Invitational just down the road in Olympia.

They may have lost their head coach and four key components to last season’s run to the NCAA Championship medal/match play final, but the Wildcats have not lost their mojo.

Tuesday it was Serge Kiriluk leading the way with a 4-under par 68, including an eagle on his final hole of the day. That briefly pulled the Wildcats into a tie with the University of British Columbia. But UBC – last year’s NAIA Championship runner-up and the No. 3 team in the NAIA national rankings – responded with an eagle of its own and won by two shots at 6-under par.

Chico State, the 5th-ranked team in Division II, finished at 4-under par, four shots clear of third-place Concordia (OR). Tenth-ranked Cal State Monterey Bay finished tied for fourth with Victoria (BC) at 5-over par.

The Wildcats have now finished first or second in 14 consecutive tournaments.

Kelley Sullivan shot a 73 Tuesday and nabbed his second consecutive top-10 finish by tying for sixth among 96 individuals. It marked the sophomore’s best finish in seven career starts.
Kelley Sullivan snagged his second straight
top-10 finish Tuesday.
Cole Chavez carded a 74 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for ninth and notch his first career top-10 finish. Kirluk climbed 21 spots up the leaderboard during his round of 68 to finish in a tie for 14th. That is the sophomore’s top collegiate finish.

Colby Dean (73-71-74) tied for 23rd and TJ Kathrineberg (78-77-76) tied for 69th.

 

The Wildcats will be back in action this Monday and Tuesday for their lone home tournament of the season – The InterWest Insurance Wildcat Classic – at Butte Creek Country Club.
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Raiders and 49ers fall; Giants sputter against Birds

(AP) — Cam Newton threw for 353 yards and four touchdowns, and the Carolina Panthers overcame four turnovers to beat the San Francisco 49ers 46-27 Sunday in their home opener.

Newton threw two TD passes to Kelvin Benjamin and one each to Greg Olsen and Devin Funchess to pass Jake Delhomme for most TD passes in franchise history with 122.

Blaine Gabbert threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in the loss. Gabbert pulled the 49ers within 34-27 late with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Vance McDonald, but threw two interceptions in the game’s final five minutes.

Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson scored his first career touchdown when he scooped up Carlos Hyde’s fumble and returned it 9 yards to give Carolina a 7-3 lead.

(AP) — Justin Hardy caught a deflected 8-yard touchdown pass to break a tie midway through the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Falcons held on to beat the Oakland Raiders 35-28 Sunday.

Matt Ryan threw three TD passes, but got a little lucky on the go-ahead one in the fourth quarter. His third-down throw to Tevin Coleman was broken up, but the ball bounced high in the air and Hardy caught it in the end zone to put Atlanta (1-1) up 28-21.

The Raiders (1-1) appeared to have tied the game on the next drive when Amari Cooper caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr.

But officials ruled Cooper went out of bounds voluntarily before making the catch, although the Raiders contended he was pushed by Desmond Trufant.

Oakland coach Jack Del Rio then decided to go for it on fourth-and-2, but Jalen Richard was stopped on a 1-yard gain.

(AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell says there is “still a lot of work to be done” before the NFL considers Las Vegas as a possible destination for a franchise.

Goodell spoke before the Minnesota Vikings hosted the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, three days after a Nevada oversight committee voted to recommend spending $750 million in public money on an NFL stadium. The project is being discussed to lure the Raiders away from Oakland.

Goodell says it is ultimately up to the owners to decide if Las Vegas is a viable city to host the NFL. He says he is still evaluating whether having a team play in a casino-filled city is a good idea.

As for Oakland, Goodell says “I think there’s a solution, but it takes the community to help identify it.”

(AP) — Alex Reyes pitched seven dominant innings in his third major league start, fellow rookie Aledmys Diaz hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals moved up in the tight NL wild-card race, blanking the San Francisco Giants 3-0 on Sunday.

The Giants dropped one game behind the New York Mets for the top wild-card spot. The Cardinals closed within one game of San Francisco.

St. Louis split this four-game series, winning the final two. The Giants finished up a 2-5 homestand, and have won just one series at AT&T Park since the All-Star break.

Reyes (3-1), considered one of the majors’ best pitching prospects, hasn’t disappointed since he was called up from the minors on Aug. 9 when Michael Wacha went on the disabled list with shoulder discomfort.

Reyes gave up four hits, striking out six with two walks. Seung Hwan Oh pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save.

Diaz hit his 16th homer, a two-run drive in the third off Albert Suarez (3-4). The Giants and the first-place Dodgers open a three-game series at Dodger Stadium tonight. Los Angeles leads the NL West by 5 games over the Giants with 13 games left to play.

AP) — Khris Davis homered twice, giving him 40 for the season, and the Oakland Athletics beat Texas 5-2 on Sunday to keep the Rangers from moving closer to the AL West title.

Davis is the first A’s player to hit 40 homers since Jason Giambi had 43 in 2000. Davis has 10 homers in 15 games against the Rangers.

With two weeks left in the regular season, the magic number for the AL-leading Rangers (88-62) to clinch the division title remained at five games. Seattle and Houston, who were playing against each other Sunday, started the day tied for second in the AL West.

While already guaranteed consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2007-09, the A’s (66-83) won two of three in Texas to wrap up a 6-1 road trip in which they scored 65 runs.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES 

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The 13th ranked Chico State (4-2-1, 0-2) women’s soccer team suffered a couple of tough losses to open CCAA play falling to San Francisco State 2-1 on Friday and 1-0 to Monterey Bay on Sunday.

The Chico State (1-3-2, 0-1-1) men’s soccer team lost 1-0 to San Francisco State on Friday as the Gators scored a goal with only 26 seconds left to upend the Cats. Chico and Monterey played to a scoreless draw on Sunday.

The Chico State volleyball team rolled to a couple of victories at home this weekend sweeping both Cal State East Bay and Monterey Bay. The Wildcats now sit at 8-3 overall and 2-0 in the CCAA

The Butte College Roadrunners moves to 2-1 with a 20-10 win over Chabot on Saturday night. Quarterback and Chico High product Clayton Welch ran for two scores in the first half and threw a 25-yard toss to CJ Walker in the 3rd quarter. Butte’s defense held Chabot to only 80 yards rushing.

The Roadrunners are home this weekend hosting San Mateo at 1pm.

2012 Chico State Basketball Regional Montage

 

Kpay Sports will celebrate some exciting sports moments we have covered through the years with some musical montages that we created in our coverage of Chico State athletics. This montage celebrates the 2012 Chico State men’s basketball team as they won the CCAA regular season championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven years

Picture courtesy of Chico State athletics. Visit them at http://www.chicowildcats.com/

Chico State opens 8-game roadie versus the Gators LISTEN LIVE HERE !

The Chico State Wildcats open a four game series and an 8-game road trip in San Francisco today against the San Francisco State Gators. You can hear today’s game on this page by clicking the LISTEN LIVE icon on this page or the STREAMING banner to the left.

Chico comes in 28-14 on the season and is clinging to a one game lead in the North Division of the CCAA over Monterey Bay. The Cats are 1.5 games clear of Cal State East Bay and 3.5 clear of Sonoma State. Chico’s magic number to clinch a spot in the post-season is FIVE. Any combination of Chico wins and Sonoma losses totaling five clinches a spot in the CCAA Conference Tournament for Chico.

We are on the at 2:35pm with our pre-game with first pitch at 3pm.

Saturday’s double-header can also be heard here at 12 noon with pre-game at 11:45am. Sunday’s series finale is also at 12 noon with pre-game at 11:45am.

*PHOTO COURTESY OF CHICO STATE ATHLETICS VISIT THEM AT http://www.chicowildcats.com

 

Butte College Cruises; NCAA Tournament whittles Sweet Sixteen

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