2002 Softball stories

Wildcats run for the championship comes to an end

SALEM, Va. – St. Mary’s (Texas) defeated Chico State 1-0 Sunday at the 2002 NCAA Division II Softball Championship, eliminating the Wildcats
from the national championship tournament.

The Lady Rattlers (57-10) advance as the only unbeaten team, and will face either Bloomsburg (Pa.) or Grand Valley State (Mich.) Sunday night at 7:30 p.m.. Chico State finishes its season with a final record of 36-27.

Chico State pitcher Katie Stokx. (19-15) had another outstanding performance on the mound, but took the loss, despite allowing just four hits with seven strikeouts.

The Wildcats best opportunity to score came in the bottom of fifth when Stokx led off the inning with a single to left field and was sacrificed to second by Hanson on a bunt. But a fly ball to center field and a strike out ended the threat.

Rebecca Hanson , Bridgette Overstreet, Kamala Kiffe, and Stokx each had a hit for the Wildcats.

St. Mary’s scored the game’s lone run in the top of the seventh inning when senior Jessica Jimenez scored from second base with two outs on a Chico State error. Jimenez had hit a one-out single before Lady Rattler senior Natalie Hill reached base on the error when her bloop into shallow left field was dropped.

Junior Amanda Bayless (18-5) picked up the win in relief, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts over the final 2.0 innings. Sophomore Kym Kling went the first 5.0 innings, scattering three hits with three strikeouts while also hitting a double.

Wildcats keeping hopes for championship alive

Chico State defeated Le Moyne of New York 2-0 Saturday in an elimination game at the Division II Softball Championship in Salem. The Wildcats advance in the tournament and will play again Sunday at 9 a.m (PST) against St. Mary's of Texas.

The Wildcats, now 36-26, scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, getting the game winner on a two-out RBI triple to right center field by Kamala Kiffe to score Amy Biersch, who had reached base on a single.

The 'Cats added their insurance run on a two-out RBI single to left by Lindsay Himmelspach to score Katie Stokx, who led off the inning with a single.

Stokx (19-14) earned the win with a complete-game, three-hit shutout. She struck out seven and walked one.

Wildcats lose 4-2 to Grand Valley State

The Wildcats rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't overcome Grand Valley State's lead, losing 4-2 in the second round of the Division II Softball Championship in Salem, Virginia.

Chico State will take on LeMoyne (35-10) on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. (PST). LeMoyne lost in the first round to St. Mary's in Texas, 8-1, and beat Kennesaw State 2-1 earlier today to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament.

Stokx throws gem in opening-round victory in Salem

Freshman hurler Katie Stokx struck out nine, walked none, and gave up just two hits as the Wildcats upset North Dakota State in day one action at the NCAA Division II Softball Championship in Salem, Virginia.

The Wildcats (35-25) will take on Grand Valley State (46-10-1), who beat Barry in the first game of the tournament, 3-1, tomorrow (Friday) at 1 p.m (PST). The game can be heard on the internet at http://www.lavaa.net/ncaa/. (Macintosh users may have a problem receiving the feed.)

The Wildcats scored two runs in the bottom of the second and made them stand up for the win. Kamala Kiffe led off the inning with a double to left and two outs later had not advanced, but Lisa Vadalma came up with the big hit, a home run to left to give the 'Cats a 2-0 advantage.

Stokx cruised through the game, striking out seven batters in the first three innings. The only threat from North Dakota, now 44-9, came in the fourth when Jessie Benson hit a two-out triple to right field, but Stokx got the next batter to pop up to the catcher Bridgette Overstreet and that was that.

The win is the sixth straight for the 'Cats after losing in the first round of the West Regional. Kiffe had two of the 'Cats five hits. Stokx and Ashley Andersen each had a hit as well.

Wildcats heading to Salem, Virginia
Chico beats Bakersfield for trip to National Championship

DAVIS, Calif. --- Freshman Katie Stokx threw an 11-hit complete-game and had the game-winning two-run single in the seventh inning on Sunday afternoon, as fifth-seeded Chico State completed an improbable run through the loser's bracket to beat fourth-seeded Cal St. Bakersfield, 3-1, and win the 2002 NCAA Division II West Region Softball Championship at LaRue Field.

The Wildcats, who lost their tournament opener to Western New Mexico on Thursday, won their next five games to win the six-team event, improving their record to 34-25. Chico State will face the North Central Region winner - either North Dakota State or St. Cloud St. (Minn.) - in the first round of the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament at Salem, Va., on Thursday.

We just don't do anything the easy way and we haven't all year, said Chico State Coach Teri Rupe. This team really came together this weekend. Our bench was huge. We pretty much just hit on all cylinders.

Stokx gave up at least one hit in every inning but the third - including three hits in the fifth inning - and Chico's defense committed three errors in the game, but the Roadrunners were only able to push across one run. Cal St. Bakersfield, which lost twice to the Wildcats in the tournament, stranded 11 runners.

The game was scoreless until the fourth when Ashley Andersen hit a one-out double to right-center field. Amy Biersch then reached on an infield error, which allowed Anderson to score the game's first run. Anderson's hit was the only Chico hit allowed by Roadrunners starter Erin Kelly until the seventh inning when Stokx's single to right scored pinch-runner Nichole Barclay and outfielder Kamala Kiffe.

I was just looking to make contact, said Stokx, who was named the tournament's MVP. I just wanted to hit it to the right side... so I swung down on the ball and it went through.

The Roadrunners scored their only run in the fifth, which tied the game, 1-1. Candace Pillado singled, eventually moved to third on a single by Valerie Rodriguez and then scored on that same play when it was mishandled in the outfield.

Stokx went 3-1 in the tournament, striking out four and walking none on Sunday and improving her record to 17-14. Kelly struck out four batters, walked just one and finished her season 26-13.

Allison Amezcua and Katie King each had three hits for the Roadrunners, while Pillado and left-fielder Valerie Rodriguez each had two. Third baseman Lindsay Himmelspach also had a hit for the Wildcats.

Wildcats to play in West Regional final

DAVIS, Calif. --- Amy Biersch, Lisa Valdama and Lindsey Himmelspach each had extra-base hits in the fourth inning on Saturday, highlighting a four-run inning by Chico State, as the fifth-seeded Wildcats beat fourth-seeded Cal St. Bakersfield 5-0 to advance to Sunday's final of the 2002 NCAA Division II West Region Softball Championship at LaRue Field.

The Roadrunners (38-24), who came back to beat UC Davis, 2-0, in an elimination game later the same day, now face Chico in the championship game on Sunday. Both Chico and Bakersfield have one loss each, making the championship game at noon on Sunday a winner-take-all matchup.

Chico, which lost its first game on Thursday, won its fourth straight game in the tournament and improved to 33-25 overall. Cal St. Bakersfield opened the six-team tournament with two wins before losing Saturday.

With two outs in the fourth inning and Rebecca Hanson - who was pinch-running for Biersch who led off with a double - at third, Chico scored its first run on a single by pitcher Katie Stokx, added another on Valdama's triple to center, brought another across on a double by Himmelspach and then finished its rally with an RBI-single by Amber Neves.

Chico added its final run in the sixth on an infield grounder by Bridgette Overstreet that scored pinch-runner Nichole Barclay.

Stokx, besides collecting a pair of hits in the game, earned her 16th win against 14 losses by tossing a strong game for the Wildcats. She finished a four-hitter, struck out one and walked four.

Erin Kelly went 3.2 innings for the Roadrunners - allowing six hits, four runs and picking up four strikeouts - before being relieved by Melanie Harrington. Kelly dropped to 25-12.

Ashley Andersen and Himmeslpach each had two hits for the Wildcats, while Maigan Salamino had a pair for Cal St. Bakersfield.

Fifth-Seeded Softball Team Wins Again

DAVIS – Fifth-seeded Chico State pushed across two runs in the fourth innings and pitcher Erin McCulloch made them stand up Friday as the upset-minded Wildcats beat top-seeded UC Davis 2-1 at the 2002 Division II West Region Softball Championships Friday.

The Wildcats – who eliminated UC San Diego in a 4-0 win Friday morning – posted their third straight tournament win despite managing just two hits. With the game tied 0-0 in the fourth, Chico put runners at second and third after a single, a fielder’s choice and a double-steal. Bridgette Overstreet, whose hit up the middle started the inning, then scored on a wild pitch and Ashley Anderson scored on a squeeze bunt by Kamala Kiffe.

McCullough, who improved to 18-9 on the season, scattered eight hits over seven innings. The victory gave Chico State (32-25) a 3-2 record against UC Davis (40-12) this season.

Wildcats Survive To Play Again With 4-0 Victory

Fifth-seeded Chico State dumped third-seeded UC San Diego 4-0 to stay in contention for the NCAA Division II West Region Softball Championship at LaRue Field Friday. The Wildcats will face rival UC Davis today at 4 p.m.

Wildcats stay alive with win over Humboldt

Fifth-seeded Chico State took a 5-0 lead against sixth-seeded Humboldt State on Thursday then held on for a 5-4 win against the Lumberjacks in a loser's bracket matchup of the NCAA Division II West Region Softball Championships at LaRue Field.

Chico State, which improved to 30-25, advances to face UC San Diego in a loser's bracket game on Friday at 11 a.m. The winner of that game will face UC Davis - which beat Humboldt State earlier, 1-0 - at 4 p.m. With the loss, the Lumberjacks were eliminated from the tournament and finished the season 41-18.

The Wildcats led 1-0 after a run-scoring sacrifice bunt by Kamala Kiffe in the first inning, and then added three more runs in the fourth to help take a 4-0 lead. Katie Stokx had a two-run double to left for two of those runs, while shortstop Megan Farnham's bunt scored pinchrunner Rebecca Hanson with the other run.

Kiffe's single in the fifth scored Bridgette Overstreet to make it 5-0, but the Lumberjacks rallied in their half of the fifth. A throwing error with the bases loaded scored the first run, while Rene Rodriguez's single to left scored two more and Andrea Williams' single brought around Lacey Cope with the innings' fourth run.

However, Wildcats' starter Erin McCulloch settled down after that, allowing just one runner over the final two innings, improving her record to 16-10. She finished with five strikeouts and no walks, scattering eight hits in her 20th complete game of the season.

Williams had two hits for Humboldt State, while six other players had one each. Kiffe had two hits and a pair of RBIs to help lead Chico, while Stokx also knocked in a pair of runs.

Wildcats lose in first round of West Regional

The softball team battled back to tie up its first game of the Division II West Regional, hosted by UC Davis, 2-2 in the top of the fourth inning, but Western New Mexico scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the fourth for the 3-2 victory.

The Wildcats will play the loser of the UC Davis vs. Humboldt State game at 4:15 today (Thursday) and must win to avoid elimination.

Stokx Named CCAA Freshman of the Year

Amy Biersch receives First Team CCAA honors

Katie Stokx, a pitcher and utility player from Newbury Park, led Chico State to its first NCAA postseason appearance since 1982. She finished the regular season second in the CCAA in complete games and compiled a 14-13 record and a 1.66 ERA in the pitching circle. Stokx also was proficient at the plate, hitting .259 with 18 RBI and 12 doubles.

Amy Biersch, a junior first baseman from Northridge, led the Wildcats in the regular season with a .346 batting average,54 hits, 22 RBI, a .423 slugging percentage, and a .430 on base percentage. she has started every game for the Wildcats the last two seasons.

Wildcats earn No. 5 Seed in Western Regional

The Chico State softball team found out Monday it will join top seed UC Davis, No. 2 seed Western New Mexico, No. 3 UC San Diego, No. 4 Cal State Baksersfield, and No. 6 Humboldt State at the Western Regionals in Davis this weekend.

The Wildcats (29-24) finished just 16-16 in the CCAA but earned a berth thanks to a strong 11-10 record against the rest of the tournament field and a 26-16 finish to the regular season.

The Wildcats will open the tournament against Western New Mexico. In the only matchup between those teams this season, Chico State won 1-0 behind Katie Stokx's complete-game shutout.

In their most recent action, the Wildcats split a doubleheader with Cal State Stanislaus Saturday afternoon.

NCAA West Regional Tournament Schedule
(Hosted by UC Davis) Seeding in parentheses,
Please note that games are not listed chronologically.

Thursday, May 9
Game 1 - (1) UC DAVIS vs. (6) HUMBOLDT STATE, 2 p.m.
Game 2 - (2) WESTERN NEW MEXICO vs. (5) CHICO STATE, 9:30 a.m.
Game 3 - (3) UC SAN DIEGO vs. (4) CSU BAKERSFIELD, 11:45 a.m.
Game 4 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (Loser eliminated), 4:15 p.m.

Friday, May 10
Game 5 - Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3, 11 a.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 1:30 p.m.
Game 7 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 5, 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 11
Game 8 - Bye or Loser Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7, 11 a.m.
Game 9 - Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7, 1:30 p.m.
Game 10 - Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 9, 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 12
Game 11 - Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10, 11 a.m.
Game 12 - Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11, if necessary

Ticket Prices: Adults $7, Students and Children $3.

Wildcats await postseason assignment

After a split with Cal State Stanislaus to end the regular CCAA season, the Wildcats are waiting to hear what the postseason has in store. The Warriors took the first game 6-3 and the Wildcats came back to take the nightcap 5-4.

The Wildcats (29-24, 16-16 CCAA) came into today's games ranked No. 3 in the West and looking at their first postseason bid since 1982. The top six teams will compete in the West Regional May 10-11 at a site to be determined on Monday, most likely Western New Mexico or UC Davis.

In game one, Stanislaus jumped on the board early, scoring three runs before most Wildcat fans had settled into their seats. Wildcat pitcher Katie Stokx (14-13) didn't have her usual control and walked three of the first four batters she faced and then gave up an RBI single to Rachelle Verhoeven and a two-run single to Nikki Moore.

The Warriors tacked on another run in the second for the 4-0 lead, courtesy of a two-out double to left center off the bat of Janelle Hendrix.

Chico State rallied for runs in the fourth and fifth on a RBI single by Lisa Vadalma, the team's only senior, playing her final game in University Field, and a two-out double by Stokx, who was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple.

Stanislaus sealed the victory in the seventh inning when Jamie Harkins led off the frame with a double to left and Janelle Hendrix followed it up with her team-high ninth homer of the year.

Lisa Spencer (11-16) picked up the win, giving up two runs on six hits and Jennifer Klein picked up her first save of the season. Klein came in with Wildcats on second and third and no outs and retired the next three batters. She gave up one run on two hits in the seventh.

In game two, Stanislaus again scored in the first on a lead-off walk and an RBI single by Maile Laban, but Chico quickly answered back.

Chico scored four funs, two unearned, on three hits and a hit batter. Kamala Kiffe had an RBI single and Lindsay Himmelspach picked up an RBI after being plunked on the elbow.

The Warriors closed the gap to one run with two in the second, but Chico addded another in the bottom of the inning for a 2-run lead. Stanislaus rallied for a run in the fourth, but left the bases loaded as a fly ball to center ended the threat.

Erin McCulloch (15-10) tallies the win, giving up four runs, three earned on 12 hits. She struck out one and walked three. Jamie Harkins (5-10) takes the loss, giving up five runs on five hits. She struck out five and walked two.

Wildcats moving on up…

After finishing last weekend's tournament in Bakersfield with a record of 3-1, including a victory over No. 1 ranked Western New Mexico, the Wildcats jump up two spaces to No. 3 in the current poll.

The top six teams will compete in the West Regional, Friday and Saturday, May 10-11. The site of the tournament has not been announced, but the current poll indicates that Western New Mexico in Silver City will be selected to host.

This will be the first time since 1982 that the Chico State softball team has competed in a regional.

Division II West Region (5/1/02)

1. Western New Mexico (41-9-1)
2. UC Davis (36-10)
3. Chico State (28-23)
4. Cal State Bakersfield (34-22)
5. Humboldt State (41-16)
6. UC San Diego (31-23)
7. Hawaii-Hilo (38-19)
8. Cal State Dominguez (31-21)
9. Western Washington (24-14)
10. Cal State San Bernardino (29-28-2)

Wildcats beat No. 1 team in the West

Chico 1, W. New Mexico 0
Chico 4, Stanislaus 0

The Wildcats won their first two games of pool play at the Mountain Dew Classic in Bakersfield, including a shutout of NCAA Division II Western New Mexico, the top-ranked team in the West.

Katie Stokx pitched the complete-game shutout, while Amy Biersch provided offense with an RBI double.

Against Stanislaus, Erin McCulloch earned the win, while Kamala Kiffe had two RBI singles. Megan Farnham and Amber Neves each had triples, while Lindsay Himmelspach had a run-scoring double.

Chico is currently ranked No. 5 in the West. As part of the second round of pool play, the Wildcats will play the No. 6 team, Cal State Dominguez Hills, and the No. 7 team, Cal State Bakersfield. A single-elimination bracket will be played on Sunday.

NCAA Berths on the Line as 7 Ranked Teams Square Off at Mt. Dew Classic

BAKERSFIELD — The season’s most significant college softball tournament in the West Region will be at North Rosedale Park in Bakersfield this weekend when Cal State Bakersfield hosts the 16th annual Mt. Dew Classic Friday–Sunday, April 26–28.

Seven of the region’s top 10 teams highlight the nine–team field, including top–ranked Western New Mexico. The top six teams in the final West Region rankings will advance to the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament beginning May 9.

Fifth-ranked Chico State will take on No. 1 Western New Mexico in its first game on Friday at 2:00. The 'Cats then play CSU Stanislaus at 6:00.

Othr ranked teams in the tournament include No. 3 Cal State San Bernardino, No. 4 Hawaii-Hilo, No. 6 Cal State Dominguez Hills, No. 7 Cal State Bakersfield, and No. 8 UC San Diego.

Tournament play begins Friday, April 26 with three games at 2 p.m. Pool play continues Saturday at 11 a.m. with championship bracket play starting Sunday at 8 a.m. The championship game will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Wildcats keeping hopes alive

With a split with UC Davis today, the Chico State Wildcats are working to keep their play-off hopes alive and stay in the top six in the West regional rankings. Chico, who entered the doubleheader ranked No. 5 in the region, beat the No. 2 Aggies 3-1 in the first game and lost the nightcap 5-2.

Chico (24-22, 15-15 CCAA) started the scoring in game one in the bottom of the third when Amy Biersch stroked a two-out double to right center to score Amber Neves and Ashley Andersen.

The Wildcats added its final run in the fourth Bridgette Overstreet opened the frame with a walk and advanced to second on an infield hit by Lindsay Himmelspach. Lisa Vadalma drove in Overstreet with a single to left center field.

Davis (34-10, 19-7 CCAA) had only three hits in the game, but had opportunities as five batters were walked in the seven innings. The Aggie run came in the top of the fifth when Megan Turman started a two-out rally with a double to center and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Tricia Olivarez drove in the run with a single and the Aggies loaded the bases before a pop up to short ended the inning.

Katie Stokx (12-11) picked up her second win against the Aggies this season, giving up three hits, striking out five, and walking five. Amy Rosson (19-3) gave up five hits, struck out two and walked four and loses to the Wildcats for the second time this season.

In game two, the Aggies wasted no time putting runs up on the board, Jenny Hall walked to open the game, reached second on a failed pick-off attempt, was sacrificed to third, and scored on a squeeze bunt by Shyamala White.

In the third, Hall agaom reached first on a base to start the inning, this time on a single and scored on Susan Churchwell's 13th double of the season.

Chico knotted the game in the bottom of the third on back-to-back RBI singles by Ashley Andersen to score Megan Farnham and Amy Biersch to drive in Amber Neves.

With two outs in the fourth, the Aggies struck again. Emily Hetzner singled through the right side, stole second, and scored on a throwing error by Chico's thrid baseman. Davis added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh on a squeeze bunt by Lindsay Moore and a Shelly Malbon single to left to score Moore.

Churchwell (15-7) picked up the win, allowing six hits and striking out three. Erin McCulloch (12-10) gave up 11 hits and struck out two.

Fourth Game the Charm for Wildcats Softball Team

After starting the weekend with three tough losses in which they scored just one run, the Chico State softball team broke out with a 6-3 win at Cal State Bakersfield in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday. Lisa Vadalma knocked in three runs and Bridgette Overstreet went 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBI to lift the Wildcats to an important road victory.

The road trip didn't start out too rosy, however. The Wildcats mustered just two hits and saw Cal State Dominguez Hills plate two runs in the bottom of the sixth in a 2-0 loss in Friday's first loss. The second game of the series was also a tight battle, but Vadalma grounded out with the tying run on third base in the top of the seventh and Dominguez Hills salvaged a 2-1 victory and double-header sweep.

Saturday, Katie Stokx pitched out of trouble all day, allowing 14 hits and six walks, but gave her team 13 innings to score a run. However, the Wildcats couldn't and Bakersfield won the game with a run in the bottom of the 13th. Amy Biersch had Chico State's only two hits in the game.

Chico State is back in action Friday when it hosts UC Davis in a doubleheader.

Softball team goes 3-3 at Warrior Tournament

Chico State opened tournament play with two wins on Friday over UC San Diego, 1-3, and CSU San Bernardino, 6-0.

On Saturday, the Wildcats lost the early game to Western Washington, 3-0, but came back to beat CSU Bakersfield, 2-1, Chico lost to Sonoma State, 3-2 on in its final game on Saturday evening.

On Sunday, theWildcats lost to Humboldt State, 4-1, in the first round of bracket play and were eliminated from further games.

Amber Neves was selected to the All-Tournament Team. She hit .357 (5-14) with three RBI, two runs scored, and two stolen bases.

UC Davis won the tournament, beating Western New Mexico 1-0 in nine innings.

Wildcats trip up Aggies

Chico State halted a nine-game UC Davis winning streak with a 3-1 win in the first game of the doubleheader at LaRue Field in Davis. Chico lost the nightcap, 4-0.

In the opener, Chico wasted no time ending Aggie starting pitcher Amy Rosson's 31-inning scoreless streak. With two outs in the first, Amy Biersch singled, Lindsay Himmelspach walked, and pitcher Katie Stokx blasted one her two doubles to score both runs.

Davis cut the lead to one with an unearned run in the bottom of the second when the lead-off batter reached on an error and came around to score on a sacrifice fly.

Chico added an insurance run in the fifth. Amber Neves led off the inning with an infield single was sacrificed to second by Bridgette Overstreet and scored on a squeeze bunt off the bat of Amy Biersch.

Stokx (9-8), who gave up more than her usual share of walks in the game and five hits, was able to pitch her way out of several innings. She came in averaging 2.3 walks per seven innings, but gave up five walks to the Aggies.

In the second game, Erin McCulloch (10-6) pitched well, but three Wildcat errors led to three unearned. She gave up seven hits, striking out two and walking two along the way.

Aggie pitcher Susan Churchwell fired her second one-hitter of the year, giving up an infield single to Kamala Kiffe to start the second inning. She walked two and struck out eight.

Softball splits with Sonoma State

Chico State scored early and held on for the 3-1 victory in game two against the Sonoma State Cossacks. The Wildcats lost the first game 5-1.

Sonoma opened game one with a textbook run. Lead off hitter Danielle McDavid led off with an infield , next hitter sacrificed her to second with a bunt and catcher Lindsay Frey hit a long ball to left field for the sacrifice fly.

The Cossacks (15-21, 8-14 CCAA) tacked on two more unearned runs in the third before Chico (18-14, 12-10 CCAA) scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the third.

Bridgette Overstreet led off the third with a walk, was sacrificed to second on the bunt, and Katie Stokx came up with two outs and belted a double to left field for the RBI.

Sonoma pitcher Sharleen Koenig (7-10) didn't give up more than one hit in any inning until Chico managed two hits in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Katie Stokx (8-8) takes the loss, giving up five runs, three earned, on 10 hits. She struck out three and walked three.

In game two, Erin McCulloch (10-5) picked up her third win of the week , giving up one run on eight hits and striking out two and walking two. Meegan Kaminaka (6-5) takes the loss, giving up three runs on five hits.

In the second inning, the 'Cats posted two runs on the scoreboard. Kamala Kiffe led off the inning with a double and was sacrificed to third. Kiffe scored on a squeeze play off the bat of Megan Farnham. A play was attempted at the plate, but the Cossack catcher couldn't hang on to the ball. Farnham came around to score the second run on a wild pitch.

Sonoma threatened in the fourth, loading the bases with one out, but a strikeout and a ground out ended the effort. Sonoma scored in the fifth when Stephanie Camara doubled and was driven in by Amber Kalcic.

'Cats sweep Gators

The Wildcats manufactured a 3-2 come-from-behind victory in game two and cruised to a 7-0 win in the opener, as they swept San Francisco State in a CCAA softball doubleheader today at University Field.

Trailing 2-0 going into the bottom of the fifth, Chico State cut the lead in half. Amber Neves singled to center field and was sacrificed to second by Bridgette Overstreet. On out later, Amy Biersch doubled to right center to drive in Neves.

It was the freshmen that came up big for the Wildcats in the sixth inning as the tam rallied to put two runs on the board for the tie and the win. With two outs, freshman shortstop Megan Farnham singled to center field to score pinch runner Kamala Kiffe. Heads up base running left Farnham on third base after the attempted play at the plate. Rookie outfielder Neves then drove in Farnham for the game winning run.

Erin McCulloch (9-5) picked up the win in the second game, giving up two runs on four hits and striking out six.

In the opener it was all Wildcats, as the team scored three runs on just two hits in the second. Neves picked up a RBI on a fielder's choice when the Gators tried to make a play at the plate to get Lisa Vadalma. Overstreet then had a RBI single to right center.

In the third, Chico added four more runs on five hits, including RBI-single by Farnham, Overstreet, and Andersen.

Katie Stokx (8-7) threw a one hitter, which came in the third inning and retired the last 12 batters she faced. She struck out six and walked two.

Wildcat softball splits with Coyotes

After losing the opener 9-0 in five innings, the Chico State softball team battled back and held on for a 3-2 win over CSU, San Bernardino in game two of a CCAA doubleheader today at University Field.

Chico State is now 14-12 overall, 9-9 in CCAA. CSU San Bernardino, which entered the weekend in the top spot of the CCAA standings, had a tough weekend finishing with a 1-3 record. The Coyotes are now 19-18-2 overall, 11-7 in conference.

After being shutout twice yesterday by UC Davis, the Coyotes wasted no time scoring on the Wildcats. Melissa Clemann drove in Kristen Garcia for a run in the first inning. In the third, San Bernardino sent 11 batters to the plate, scoring five runs on seven hits. Designated player Sharmain Hendrick drove in two runs with a double and Kristine Behen, Alida Gray, and Kristen Garcia each added an RBI single. Garcia had two hits in the inning and was a perfect 4-for-4 in the game.

The Coyotes slammed the door in the fifth inning scoring the eighth and ninth runs of the game and quickly retired the 'Cats in the bottom of the frame for an eight-run rule victory. Tracie Schioppi and Nicole Gomez drove in the runs, both of which were unearned due to a throwing error by Chico's pitcher.

Dawn Onishi (7-5) picked up the win, giving up just two hits in the game. Although she didn't strike out any batters she hit her spots and was able to force the Wildcats into 11 ground-ball outs and four fly-ball outs. Chico starter Erin McCulloch (7-5) lasted just two and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits.

In the second game, the Coyotes once again opened the game with a run. This time on a double by Schioppi and an RBI single by Kendrick, but the Wildcats answered back in the bottom half of the inning. Chico took advantage of an error on Bridgette Overstreet's leadoff hit and she eventually came around to score, unearned.

In the third, Chico added on another run with an RBI single to right center off the bat of Ashley Andersen to score Amber Neves.

San Bernardino did not go quietly. In the top of the fourth inning Behen blasted her second double of the game down the right-field line to score Gomez. Behen was 3-for-3 in the game.

The go ahead run came in the bottom of the fourth when Stokx led off the inning with a double and came around to score on a throwing error by the Coyote shortstop after an infield hit by Megan Farnham.

Stokx (7-6), who gave up two runs on eight hits and struck out three, recorded her team-high 12th complete game of the season. She has now won her five last decisions. Mikki Goldwater (6-6) takes the tough-luck loss, giving up just one earned run on five hits.

Chico State travels to Hayward next weekend for the Pioneer Classic tournament.

Wildcat softball splits with No. 4 UC San Diego

The Chico State softball team tied its greatest offensive output of the year with an 11-2 victory in six innings over UC San Diego in the second game of the doubleheader today at University field. The 16 hits the Wildcats racked up in the game is the most by the team this season. The Tritons won the first game 4-2.

Chico State is now 13-11 overall, 8-8 in CCAA. UC San Diego, which entered the games at the top of the CCAA standings and tied for the No. 4 spot in the current Division II poll, drops to 20-8, 12-6 in conference.

The Wildcats started scoring early in game two with two runs in the bottom of the first. Bridgette Overstreet, who lead off the game with a single to left field, was sacrificed to second and then scored on two wild pitches. Lindsay Himmelspach and Katie Stokx followed that with back-to-back doubles for the second run of the inning and a 2-1 lead.

Chico didn't stop there, adding four more runs in the third on six hits, including RBI hits by Amy Biersch, Kamala Kiffe, and Megan Farnham. In the fourth the 'Cats tacked on two more runs, compliments of an RBI single from Ashley Andersen and another by Kiffe.

The final blow also came off the bat of Kiffe, who in the bottom of the sixth with no outs found herself at the plate with the bases loaded. Kiffe drove in Himmelspach and Biersch for her third hit of the game and the 11-2 victory.

Katie Stokx (6-6) picks up the win, giving up both runs, one earned, while striking out five. It was her 11th complete game of the season.

San Diego starter Christi Martinelli (12-3) took the loss, after pitching both the beginning and ending of the game. Martinelli was relieved in the third inning by Leea Harlan, but came back in the sixth to finish out the game.

In the opening game, it all came down to one inning. UC San Diego put up four runs in the top of the sixth and made them stand up. Harlan led off the frame with a home run and the next batter Samantha Hayes landed a double. A walk, a sacrifice, and another walk left the bases loaded with one out. Breanne Cope drove in a run with a single and Amy Mettee's sacrifice fly plated another. Kim Aggabao drove in the final run with a perfectly placed bunt.

Chico answered back in the bottom of the frame, loading the bases courtesy of two hit batters and a single by Andersen down the left field line. Himmelspach plated a run with a sacrifice fly to center and Kiffe drove in the second run with a single to right field.

San Diego's Harlan (8-5) is credited with the win, giving up six hits and striking out eight. Martinelli records her first save of the season throwing the final two-thirds inning. Erin McCulloch (7-4) takes the loss, giving up eight hits, striking out two and walking five.

Chico faces another top CCAA team tomorrow when CSU San Bernardino comes to University Field for a doubleheader beginning at noon.

Wildcat softball knocks off No. 9 Humboldt

Freshman Katie Stokx ended up the hero today as Chico State swept No. 9 Humboldt State in a softball doubleheader, 1-0 and 3-2. In the seventh inning of the first game, Stokx hit her first homer of the year, a two-out shot to left field for the victory. She turned a round and picked up the win in game two.

Chico State, now 12-10 overall will look to ride the momentum into the weekend when they host the top two teams in the CCAA, UC San Diego and CSU San Bernardino. Humboldt State, now 17-9, came into today having won 13 of its last 14 games.

It was a definite pitcher's dual in game one. Erin McCulloch (7-3) threw her third shutout and seventh complete game of the season, scattering five hits and striking out three. Humboldt's Shona Guevara (11-5) was just about untouchable, striking out 12 and surrendering just two hits before the blast in the seventh inning.

Stokx's homer came after two quick strikeouts in the seventh. There was no doubt about the blast the moment it left the bat, which eventually landed in the Nettleton Stadium picnic area.

Humboldt's greatest threat came in the third inning with the bases loaded and two out. Designated player Kim Coker was thrown out at the plate attempting to score on a wild pitch.

In game two, Humboldt wasted no time using its power to show the Wildcats why they are ranked in the top ten. Centerfielder Andrea Williams hit her first homer of the year to lead off the top of the third inning and two batters later Melanie Baker hit her team-high fifth dinger to almost the exact same spot over left field.

In the bottom of the frame, Chico manufactured three runs on two hits to go ahead for good, 3-2. With the bases loaded, Ashley Anderson hit a grounder to short, but Amber Neves beat the force at home. Amy Biersch then hit a hard shot up the middle, which ricocheted off the pitcher for the infield hit and run number two. The final run came compliments of a wild pitch which scored Bridgette Overstreet.

Stokx (5-6) pitched the complete game, her 10th of the season, giving up six hits and striking out eight. Jodie Bland (3-1) suffers the loss in relief.

Chico hosts UC San Diego tomorrow at 1:00 and CSU San Bernardino on Saturday at noon.

Softball sweeps Stanislaus

Behind the pitching of Katie Stokx and Erin McCulloch and the hot bat of shortstop Megan Farnham, The Wildcats swept Cal State Stanislaus in a doubleheader on Friday, 5-0 and 5-1.

The 'Cats have evened their record at 10-10 overall, 7-7 in CCAA play. Stanislaus drops to 11-15, 6-8 in conference.

In the two games Farnham supplied the power, going 4-for-6, all doubles. In the first game, Farnham's first double, a two-out shot, drove in the first run of the game in the top of the fourth. She later drove in the final run of the game in the seventh.

Kamala Kiffe was credited with an RBI in the fifth when she walked to bring in the games' second run. In the sixth, Lindsay Himmelspach blasted an RBI single.

In the game, Stokx (4-6) fired her third shutout of the season, giving up five hits and striking out five. She retired the first nine batters in order.

In the second game, McCulloch (6-3) gave up one run on three hits and struck out three.

Chico started the scoring early with two runs in the first, courtesy of RBI singles by Himmelspach and Kiffe. Farnham's final hit of the day, a lead-off double, sparked a three-run rally in the seventh.

Softball splits again

For the second-straight day, the Chico State softball team won the opener, but didn't complete the doubleheader sweep. Scores against Cal State Dominguez Hills were 5-2 and 0-4 today at University Field.

In game one, Chico scored early with two runs in the bottom of the second. Kamala Kiffe tripled down the right field line to drive in Katie Stokx who reached on a single up the middle. Lisa Vadalma drove in Kiffe with the third hit of the frame.

After Dominguez Hills tied the score, 2-2, in the top of the third, the 'Cats put the go-ahead run on the board in the bottom of the inning when Bridgette Overstreet led it off with a double, advanced on the sacrifice, and Lindsay Himmelspach drove her in with an infield single.

Chico tagged on two insurance runs in the fifth on four hits, including back-to-back RBI-doubles by Amy Biersch and Himmelspach.

Katie Stokx (3-6) went the distance for the Wildcats, giving up seven hits, striking out seven, and walking one.

In the nightcap, Dominguez pitcher Patrina Smith shut out the Wildcats, giving up just three hits, while striking out five.

The Toros put up two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings.

Softball splits with visiting Bakersfield

The Wildcats split with Bakersfield in their CCAA home opener, winning the first game 3-2 in extra innings and losing the second game 6-3.

In the opener, freshman Megan Farnham led off the bottom of the ninth with a triple to right field and scored on Bridgette Overstreet's sacrifice fly. Lindsay Himmelspach drove in the 'Cats run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game.

In the second game, Bakersfield batted around in the top of the first inning and took advantage of two Chico errors to score three runs. In the fifth inning, Ashley Andersen cleared the bases with a two-out, three-run triple.

Biersch named CCAA Player of the Week

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- CHICO STATE first baseman Amy Biersch has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 11-17.

Biersch, a junior from Northridge, hit .818 (9 for 11) with a double and a run scored to lead the Wildcats to a 3-1 record at Sonoma State and San Francisco State last week. Biersch had at least 2 hits in each game, including a perfect 3 for 3 performance in a 1-0 Wildcat win over SF State to close the week. In that game, she led off the top of the sixth inning with a double and scored the winning run.

'Cats finish roadtrip with 3-1 record

(Feb. 15-16) The Wildcats split with Sonoma State and swept San Francisco State to pick up their first CCAA wins of the season. The 'Cats lost to the Cossacks 1-0, but came back to take the second game 2-1. Scores against the Gators were 3-0 and 1-0.

Chico is now 6-8 overall, 3-5 in CCAA play.

In the opener against Sonoma State it took extra innings before either team would score. Unfortunately for Chico, it was Sonoma that finally pushed a run across in the bottom of the 10th inning. Pitcher Katie Stokx (1-5) picked up the tough-luck loss, giving up seven hits and striking out six in her 9.1 innings.

The 'Cats managed five hits in the game, two apiece from Ashley Anderson and Amy Biersch and one from Kamala Kiffe.

In game two, Chico wasted no time putting a run on the board in the top of the first, but Sonoma answered back in the bottom of the frame and the game remained tied until Chico scored the winning run in the sixth on a RBI-single by Himmelspach to score Kiffe.

Biersch again had two hits, this time joined by Himmelspach. Erin McCulloch and Anderson each had one hit. McCulloch picked up the complete game, improving to 3-2 on the season.

In the opener at San Francisco, Chico rallied for three runs on five hits in the top of the sixth. Megan Farnham singled to open the inning and two outs later Biersch, Himmelspach, Stokx, and Bridgette Overstreet strung together four hits to drive in the runs.

Stokx (2-5) pitched a great game, giving up just two hits and striking out three Gators.

In the final contest of the roadtrip, the game was scoreless until Chico tallied one run in the top of the sixth. Stokx, who played rightfield in the game, recorded the game winning hit. Biersch had three hits in the game for a total of nine in the four-game series.

Tough Roadtrip for Wildcats

(Feb. 9) The Wildcats lost two one-run games to UC San Diego on Saturday, 1-0 and 2-1. The 'Cats are now 0-4 in CCAA play, 3-7 overall.

In the opener, San Diego's run came on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning, Chico hurler Amber Neves (0-1) gave up just three hits, but the 'Cats could manage just two hits in the game and struck out eight times.

Chico's hits were a one-out single by Kamala Kiffe in the third and a two-out single by Lisa Vadalma in the fifth inning.

In the second game, the Wildcats outhit the Tritons, 7-6, but could only put one run on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh. Kiffee singled with one out and pinch hitter Rebecca Hanson and catcher Bridgette Overstreet drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. A sacrifice fly to center field by Ashley Anderson scored the run. The 'Cats had runners on second and third with two outs before a pop up to second ended the game.

Chico had one error in the game, unfortunately it extended the sixth inning and the Tritons rallied for two unearned runs. Pitcher Katie Stokx (1-4) gave up six hits, struck out six and walked none.

Centerfielder Kiffe was 2-for-3 and scored the run. Amy Biersch also had two hits in the game.

Softball team swept in doubleheader

(Feb. 8) Chico State dropped both games of a doubleheader at Cal State San Bernardino in the conference openers for both teams Friday. Chico State dropped the first game 2-1 and the second game 6-0.

The Wildcats dipped to 3-5 overall with the loss and CSUSB improved to 7-9-1 overall.

Chico State jumped out early in the first game when Amy Biersch doubled to plate Ashley Anderson. The Wildcats only managed one more hit in the opener.

In the second game Chico State fell behind early and could only muster four hits.

Chico State is at UC San Diego in a doubleheader Saturday at noon.

Softball kicks off season with Best of the West Tournament

(Feb 1-3) The Wildcat softball team opened the season at the Best of the West Tournament, hosted by CSU Stanilaus. The 'Cats had two players, pitcher Katie Stokx and catcher Bridgette Overstreet, selected to the All-Tournament Team after finishing the tournament 3-3.

In the opening 5-0 win over Sonoma State, Stokx tossed a complete-game, two hitter, striking out six and walking just two. Chico put together five consecutive hits in the fourth inning to score three runs and take a 4-0 lead. Second baseman Ashley Anderson had three hits in the game and first baseman Amy Biersch drove in three runs with two hits.

The 'Cats wasted no time putting away San Bernardino in game two, scoring four runs in the top of the third inning for an eventual 11-0 win. Pitcher Erin McCulloch scattered six hits over seven innings and struck out four. Overstreet drove in six runs with a perfect 4-for-4 performance from the plate. Chico manufactured11 runs on 9 hits and took advantage of 10 walks given up by San Bernardino's pitching.

Chico's first game on Saturday brought the first loss of the year, 3-1 to Bakersfield. Chico scored in the top of the first as Overstreet was sacrificed around after getting on with a lead-off hit. The 'Cats didn't manage another hit until the fifth inning.

In game four, the Wildcats rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh to beat host CSU Stanislaus 7-6. Overstreet, Lindsay Himmelspach, and Megan Farnham each had two hits in the game. McCulloch came on in relief in the sixth inning and picked up the win. Stokx recorded the save.

In Chico's final game of pool play, Cal Batist came out on top 5-1. The 'Cats scored one run on four hits.

The first game of bracket play on Sunday was a tough draw, as Chico was slated against powerhouse Humboldt State. The 'Cats put up a battle, but lost 9-8 in nine innings. Trailing 3-0, the 'Cats batted around in the third inning, scoring four runs on four hits. With the game on the line in the bottom of the seventh, Stokx drove in Kamala Kiffe with a double to push the game into extra innings. Humboldt scored twice in the ninth and Chico answered back with one run and had a runner on second with one out, but two ground balls to second ended the game.