The quest for the BLUE BANNER begins Thursday for the Chico State Baseball team as the Wildcats open up CCAA Tournament play against the UC San Diego Tritons. The Wildcats had a splendid 37-11 season, finishing the regular season with a 29-10 conference record, just mere percentage points behind conference champion Sonoma State.
The Wildcats head into the post-season with the top pitching staff in the CCAA with a team ERA of 2.44 and second best batting average at .291 for the season. Chico also boasts one of the top defensive teams in the country and the best fielding percentage in the CCAA.
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The Wildcats see this conference tourney as the precursor to bigger and better things next week as they prepare for the NCAA West Regional. The Cats are virtual shoe-in for the regional, but are looking to get back on track after losing the final two games of their series against Sonoma this past weekend. The Wildcats are looking to bounce back and play well as the west regional approaches.
While Chico wants to play well and win the conference tourney, they surely will not fire all their bullets at this tournament, knowing the what lies ahead.
Chico opens against UC San Diego at 7pm on Thursday from Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton. Pre-game on Newstalk 1290 KPAY will come your way at 6:45pm
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