The Chico State baseball team understands that what they accomplished over the weekend doesn't happen that often. Sweeping a four-game CCAA series on the road is a rare event, so with their four-game disposal of the Dominguez Hills Toros the Wildcats are hoping it spring-boards them toward great things in the 2013 season.
The Wildcats used hot-bats and their tremendous pitching depth to win all four over the weekend by scores of (8-3, 12-6, 3-1 and 6-2.) Chico native Austin Prott was 7-for-12 over the weekend while San Diego State transfer Cody Slader was 7-for-14 including a four hit performance in game two of the series.
CHICO STATE'S BLAKE GIBBS WAS 5-FOR-13 ON THE WEEKEND INCLUDING HIS FIRST HOME RUN OF THE 2013 CAMPAIGN. THE WILDCATS HAVE THEIR HOME OPENING SERIES THIS WEEK AGAINST NORTHWEST NAZARENE
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Nick Baker provided the perfect capper for the weekend twirling seven innings of three-hit shut-out baseball striking out seven in Sunday's series finale. The Cats got splendid relief pitching from two staples in the rotation last year. Both Kagen Hopkins and Luke Barker were able to rescue their starting brethren in the first two games of the series. Hopkins pitched five innings of 2 hit baseball on Friday to pick up a win, while Barker pitched four innings of shut-out baseball in the game two of the series on Saturday. Barker has now pitched 7 innings of scoreless baseball on the season while striking out eight hitters.
Head coach Dave Taylor has a staff as deep as any staff ever assembled in the Cardinal and White and told KPAY he plans on using these arms to give the Cats the best chance to win. Chico is now 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the CCAA. They sit atop the CCAA standings with Cal State Los Angeles. The Golden Eagles swept a four game series from the San Francisco State Gators this weekend. Chico hosts Northwest Nazarene in their home opener on Wednesday. We will broadcast the entire four-game series on 101.7 FM and AM 1340 Fox Sports Chico beginning on Wednesday at 2:15pm
The Chico State softball team lost three of four against the Dominguez Hills Toros, but in winning the fourth game of the series the Cats handed the Toros their first loss at home since the 2011 season. The win ended a 31-game home winning streak for Dominguez Hills. Alex Molina got her second win of the season pitching six strong innings for the Chico State Wildcats. Chico moves to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in CCAA play. The Wildcats will host San Francisco State in a four game series this Friday and Saturday at the Chico State Softball Complex. Double-headers on both Friday and Saturday begin at 12 noon.
The Chico State basketball teams played some thrillers over the weekend at Acker Gym. The Wildcat women blasted Cal State San Bernardino 81-61 on Friday, but fell for the second time this year to UC San Diego on Saturday. The Wildcats and Tritons battled for the 40 minute contest. Chico had two chances to tie or take the lead in the waning seconds but the Tritons defense turned them away. Synchro Bull's floater in the lane careened off the rim, after McKenzie Dalthorp secured the rebound and the Wildcats down 67-65, she kicked it to the right wing for a wide open three point try from Jazmine Miller. Miller's three point try hit the back rim and San Diego had pulled it out. The Chico State women are now 19-3 overall and 15-3 in the CCAA in a flat-footed tie with UCSD, but the Tritons have the tie-breaker having won both match-ups this year.
The Chico State men played two barn-burners at Acker. The men outlasted Cal State San Bernardino 67-64 on Friday. Stifling defense late a clutch play down the stretch secured the win for Chico. It was the second time this year Chico State had beaten San Bernardion this year. The Cats would then knock off UC San Diego in the weekend finale......and what a game it was. San Diego would tie the game with a James McCann three pointer with :25 seconds left at 61. The Cats would call timeout and on the ensuing possession would run the clock down before Jordan Semple would find Damario Sims at the top of the key for what appeared to be a game ending three.......he knocked it down sending the faithful into a frenzy, and sending Sims into his best impression of a human hand-glider as he ran around the court....Not so fast.
THE WILDCATS ARE PRIMED AND READY TO CELEBRATE AFTER DAMARIO SIMS DRAINS
HIS GAME-DECIDING THREE POINTER AGAINST UC SAN DIEGO ON SATURDAY NIGHT
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The officials would convene and determine that Sims shot did not win the game but the clock should still have .3 of second left. By rule, a player can NOT catch a shoot a ball with .3 of a second left. The player can only tip or guide in a shot. With San Diego inbounding the ball in the back-court it would take a miracle for the Tritons, they would almost get it. James McCann would take the inbounds pass, catching it, twirling and mid-air and throwing a three-quarter court shot sailing thru the air.......it hit nothing but the bottom of the net and sending the Triton faithful into a wild celebration. Chico was in absolute stunned dis-belief. There was one problem for the Tritons. McCann didn't tip or guide the ball in, he shot it. The officials deliberated and ruled the shot should not count and the game was over. Infuriated the Tritons protested but to no avail and Wildcats would win their third in a row and have now put themselves in a position to possibly get a home playoff game in three weeks. Chico now sits at 13-9 overall and 10-8 in the CCAA.
Chico will play Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday and Cal State Los Angeles this coming weekend. The women play at 5:30 and the men at 7:30.
(AP) — Magic Johnson is remembering Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss as "a great man and an incredible friend."
The Twitter tribute followed news that Buss died today at a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 80. He'd been hospitalized for most of the past 18 months while undergoing cancer treatment.
Under the ownership of Buss since 1979, the Lakers became Southern California's most beloved sports franchise, and became linked in the eyes of the world to Hollywood glamour.
And few owners in sports history can rival his success. The Lakers made the NBA finals 16 times since Buss bought the team, winning 10 times between 1980 and 2010. The team is now largely run by two of his six children, Jim Buss and Jeanie Buss.
Jerry Buss always referred to the Lakers as his extended family, and the players rewarded his fan-like excitement with devotion and friendship, in addition to the ten championships. Magic Johnson and fellow Hall-of-Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy formed lifelong bonds with Buss.
Courtside seats for the Lakers are the hottest tickets in Hollywood -- with Jack Nicholson and many other celebrities attending every home game.
NBA Commissioner David Stern is remembering Buss as a "visionary owner" whose impact on the league "will be felt for decades to come."
Stern also chimed in on the Sacramento Kings possible move to Seattle. The long-time commissioner says that the the league's Executive Councils will have the final say on whether the Kings move. He adds, that it is still possible the Kings stay in the Capitol City.....
The two Council's will meet in late April and hear presentations from both the Seattle-based interests and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson on the possible move by the Kings to Seattle.
CHICO STATE'S JAZMINE MILLER SCORED ALL 16 OF HER POINTS IN THE SECOND HALF OF A 54-53 WIN AGAINST THE SAN FRANCISCO STATE GATORS ON FRIDAY NIGHT. CHICO IS HOME FOR FOUR STARTING THIS FRIDAY NIGHT.(photo courtesy of Chico State Athletics)
The Chico State women's basketball team continues their amazing run through the CCAA. The Wildcat women posted victories over SF State and Sonoma State this past weekend to move to 18-2 overall and 14-2 in the CCAA.
The win on Friday was a nail-biter as the Cats committed 13 first-half turnovers against the Gators and trailed 30-22 at the break.
The Cats would bolt out of the blocks in the second half with a 12-0 run to grab control of the game. Jazmine Miller scored all 16 of her points in the second half, including this three-pointers to tie the score.....
The game would be a see-saw struggle in the waning moments but Chico State's defense would prove to be the difference. Monnie Davidson-Mays would come up with two big defensive plays, including this one to give Chico State a 54-50 lead......
In the final sequence the Cats would force a Gator miss and the Wildcats would scrape by with a 54-53 win at The Swamp in San Francisco.
The women would have a much easier time on Saturday night as a stifling defense caused havoc on the perimeter forcing Sonoma State into tough shots. Turnovers would help Chico extend their lead on the Seawolves as the Wildcats would in it going away 66-48. The Chico State women get ready to host San Bernardino and UC San Diego this weekend at Acker Gym. Earliers this season the Tritons of UCSD dealt the Cats one of their two losses on the season. Both women's games start at 5:30 on Friday and Saturday on Newstalk 1290 KPAY. You can hear the games online at kpay.com.
WHEN HIS TEAM NEEDED HIM, CHICO STATE'S DAMARIO SIMS ROSE TO THE OCCASION SCORING 15 OF HIS 17 POINTS IN A DECISIVE SECOND HALF AS THE WILDCATS GET A MUCH NEEDED ROAD WIN IN SONOMA...
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"Must-win game" is an over-used expression, but the Chico State Wildcat men were in as close to a must-win situation as a team can be. After dropping a nail-biter to San Francisco State on Friday night 63-59, the Cats needed to rescue the weekend and taste victory on the road as they traveled to rival Sonoma State on Saturday.
The Cats run of near-misses on the road reached the agonizing stage on Friday as the Cats battled back from a 10-point deficit to grab a lead against the Gators. This Jordan Semple steal and assist would get Chico a little bit closer in the second half....
The Wildcats were down four when starting center Jason Conrad would chip in with a follow-up slam to get Chico State within one....
The Wildcats were looking for a defensive stop with under :15 seconds left but this Gator prayer was answered sealing the Wildcats fate....
Going into the Sonoma State game on Saturday the Cats were a woeful 1-6 on the road during this five week road trip. It didn't look good early as Sonoma would dart out to an early lead as the nearly 1900 fans in attendance would love the work put in by junior center Justin Herold.....
The Chico State Wildcats were somehow in the game despite going cold from the perimeter. After missing 13 of their first 14 three-pointers the Cats would turn to Amir Carraway who got a good look with the Cats down five....
With the intensity of the game ratcheted up a few notches the Wildcats would get great contributions from point guard Mike Rosaroso. He was a general defensive nuisance for much of the night, but he also hit this big shot to get the Wildcats even at 42....
The Wildcats would still trail by two, but Damario Sims would change that as he hit the first of two-threes on back-to-back trips down the court giving the Wildcats a 48-47 lead....
With the Cats clinging to a two-point lead the Wildcats would get this big bucket by Carraway to go up 58-54 late in the second half....
With just over two minutes left Damario Sims would put the finishing touches on an amazing second half hitting this runner off the window giving Chico State a 62-56 lead....
With the win the Wildcats moved to 11-9 overall and 8-8 in the CCAA. The Cats are in a tie for fifth place and sit only one game out of coveted fourth spot in the conference standdings. Chico plays host to UC San Diego and Cal State San Beranardino this weekend with both games starting at 7:30 at Acker Gym. You can hear both games on Newstalk 1290 KPAY. You can also hear the games on KPAY.com.
CHICO STATE'S TROY NEIMAN (PICTURED) ALONG WITH CHRIS RODRIGUEZ COMBINED ON A SEVEN INNING NO-HITTER AGAINST THE ACADEMY OF ART ON SATURDAY AS THE WILDCATS SWEEP THEIR SEASON OPENING FOUR GAME SET IN THE BAY AREA (photo courtesy of Chico State Athletics)
The 9th-ranked Chico State Baseball team swept their season opening four-game set against Academy of the Art. The weekend was highlighted by a combined seven-inning no hitter on Saturday thrown by Troy Neiman and Chris Rodriguez. The Wildcats won the series finale on Sunday 8-3 and now get ready to head to Carson for their conference opening series against Dominguez Hills. You can hear those games on 101.7 FM and AM 1340 Fox Sports Chico beginning at 11:45am on Friday afternoon. You can hear the games online at Foxsportschico.com
The Chico State Softball team also opens up their season this weekend as they head to Carson as well to take on the Dominguez Hills Toros. Chico State comes in at 2-3 and will play double-headers on both Friday and Saturday with the contests beginning at 11am.