2003 Softball stories

Andersen named to Second Team All-West Region
The honors continue to roll in for second baseman Ashley Andersen. The senior infielder was named Second Team All-West Region.

Andersen, Biersch, Stokx Second Team All-CCAA
Chico State Seniors Amy Biersch and Ashley Andersen and sophomore Katie Stokx have been named to the All-CCAA Softball Second Team. Outfielder Bridgette Overstreet and shortstop Megan Farnham earned Honorable Mention.

Biersch, a first baseman, hit .279 and tied for the team lead with 20 RBI this season. Stokx, a designated player/pitcher, led the team with a .324 batting average and 12 doubles and also knocked home 20 runs. Andersen, a second baseman who was named to the All-CCAA team as an at-large selection, hit .305 with a team-high 50 hits and 20 RBI.

Farnham, the Wildcats' everyday shortstop, hit .300, banged out 11 doubles, and led the team with three home runs. Overstreet hit .243 but banged out 10 doubles, two triples, a pair of home runs, and swiped 10 bases.

Season ends with rainouts
(May 4) With rainouts of both Friday and Saturday's doubleheaders at home, the Wildcats' softball season came to a quick halt. None of the games will be rescheduled.

Chico State finished with a record of 22-31 overall, 9-19 in CCAA play. The seventh place conference finish was disappointing for a team that won the West Region title last year and participated in the 2002 NCAA Division II Softball Championship in Salem, Virginia.

Chico settles for split with Stanislaus
(May 1) TURLOCK - Chico State rallied from a four-run deficit and scored seven unanswered runs to beat CSU Stanislaus, 7-5, in the opening game of a CCAA softball doubleheader. The Wildcats had to settle for a split, as they lost the late game 4-3 in the seventh inning.

In the opener, Chico looked to be in trouble when the Warrior's Sephora Scoubes hit a grand slam over the left-field fence in the first inning to give Stanislaus a 4-0 lead. Chico answered with four in the second, two in the fourth inning, and another run in the sixth to take a 7-4 lead.

The four runs in the second came on four hits, including an RBI double to left center by Allison Shirley, a run-scoring single through the left side by Lindsay Himmelspach, and a two-run single to left by Ashley Andersen.

In the fourth, Himmelspach scored on a sacrifice fly by Andersen and Bridgette Overstreet drove in a run with a single up the middle.

The 'Cats final run came in the sixth when Himmelspach led off with her third hit of the game and pinch runner Rebecca Hanson eventually came around to score on a failed pick-off attempt by Stanislaus' catcher.

The Warriors did manage to score another run in the seventh for the final score.

Chico State starter Katie Stokx walked nine batters, but got eight
Warriors to strikeout for the win as she allowed five runs on four
hits. CSU Stanislaus starter Michelle Terrazas gave up five runs on six
hits in three innings for the loss.

Cal State Stanislaus had a number of chances to score in game one, but
the Warriors left 11 runners on base.

In game two, Jackie Miller belted a two-run homer off Chico State left fielder
Hanson’s glove in the first inning to give the Warriors a 3-1 lead.

Chico State (22-31, 9-19 CCAA) tied the score in the third with two unearned runs on throwing errors by Stanislaus' catcher and first baseman.

Stanilaus pitcher Jackie Miller, who pitched four innings in the opener and tossed six innings in the nightcap, got into a jam after allowing a leadoff double to Lindsay Himmelspach to start the seventh. However, reliever Rachelle
Verhoeven came in and got a fielder’s choice play and got pinch hitter
Katie Stokx to ground into a 1-6-3 double play to end the Wildcat rally.

In the home half of the seventh, Monica Mendez hit a line-drive double off Chico pitcher Emily McDermont and was sacrificed to third to set-up Kim Thurman's game-winning hit up the middle.

Wildcats lose early lead in four straight
(Apr. 26) It's been a tough weekend for the Chico State softball team at the Mountain Dew Softball Classic hosted by Cal State Bakersfield. The Wildcats have led in all four of their games, but fell to 0-4 in the tournament with two more losses Saturday.

Friday, Megan Farnham homered in each game, but despite leading early, Chico State failed to hang on. The Wildcats lost to Cal State Stanislaus 2-1 and later Dominguez Hills 3-2.

Saturday, things just got more frustrating. The Wildcats led host Bakersfield 4-0 before watching the Roadrunners rally for a 6-4 win. In their second game of the afternoon, Chico State led 1-0 and later 2-1 before San Bernardino exploded for five runs in the fifth. Bridgette Overstreet's homer gave the Wildcats some life, but they eventually fell 7-3.

Chico State splits with UC San Diego
(Apr. 19) Shortstop Megan Farnham hit a two-out single to left field to give the Chico State softball team a 4-3 extra-inning victory in game two of a California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader with UC San Diego. Chico lost the first game 3-2.

Farnham went 3-for-5 in game two, but the biggest hit came in the eighth inning. Kamala Kiffe led off with an infield single and was sacrificed to second on a bunt and then to third on a fly ball to right. Farnham drove her in with a solid shot to left field.

UC San Diego (19-26, 10-16 CCAA) led throughout the second game until Chico tied it in the fifth when pitcher Jodie Bland, who went the distance for the Tritons, walked Bridgette Overstreet with the bases loaded.

Starting pitcher Katie Stokx helped herself out in the first inning, blasting a two-run home run to left field to give the 'Cats an early 2-0 advantage.

The Tritons went ahead in the third when Jamie Hurst hit a bases-loaded single up the middle to drive in Amy Mettee and Jenny Spencer.

Chico pitcher Amber Neves picked up the win in the second game, giving up just two hits in five innings of relief.

In the early game, Chico State (21-25, 8-18 CCAA) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a solo home run to left field by Allie Shirley. It was Shirley's second home run in as many days.

But the lead was short lived, as the Tritons went ahead in the third, scoring two runs on a RBI double by Hurst and a sacrifice fly by Breanne Cope.

The Wildcats tied the game, 2-2, in the fourth when Amy Biersch drove in Rebecca Hanson for an unearned run. Biersch was 2-for-2 in the game.

The winning run came in the fifth when Hurst laid down a squeeze bunt to plate Mettee, who led off the inning with a single through the left side.

Stepanie Kurz recorded the complete game win in game one, giving up one earned run on seven hits and striking out six. Chico's Emily McDermont took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits and striking out two.

Chico State travels to Bakersfield next weekend to compete in the annual Mt. Dew Classic.

Wildcats get first CCAA doubleheader sweep of season
(Apr. 18) With wins of 3-0 and 8-4 over visiting CSU San Bernardino, the Chico State softball team recorded its first sweep of a CCAA doubleheader this season today at University Field.

It was also a first for freshman pitcher Emily McDermont (W, 4-2), who threw her first shutout of the season. McDermont gave up five hits, struck out one and walked one in the opening game.

Chico put up its first run in the third inning when Bridgette Overstreet scored on a sacrifice fly by Katie Stokx. The 'Cats added two more in the fourth. Freshman Allison Shirley led off the frame with her first home run of the year over the left-center field fence. Later in the inning Amy Biersch delivered a two-out single to center field to score Ashley Andersen.

Chico State (20-24, 7-17 CCAA) had ten hits in game one, including two a piece from Overstreet, Biersch, and Amber Neves.

San Bernardino's (11-38, 7-17 CCAA) five hits were all singles. Diana Sutton (L, 6-11) took the loss for the Coyotes, giving up three runs on nine hits in four innings of work. Dawn Onishi gave up just one hit in her two innings of relief.

In game two, San Bernardino scored in the opening inning when shortstop Tami James was hit by a pitch and came around to score on first baseman Latisha Hernandez's single to right field. The Coyotes added a another run in the second frame on a crazy play when Kristen Garcia assumed she was out on a fielder's choice play at second base and as she headed to the dugout realized she was safe, and ended up on third. Ariana Ramirez scored on the play.

Chico scored in all but the opening inning of game two, but the Wildcats big rally came in the third. The Wildcats produced four runs on four hits, including RBI singles by Andersen and Biersch. Biersch came around to score on an error by the Coyotes' shortstop and Overstreet wrapped up the inning by scoring on a wild pitch.

San Bernardino cut the lead to 6-4 with two unearned runs in the fifth, but that was all the Coyotes could manage.

Andersen, Overstreet, and Neves each recorded two of the Wildcats' 10 hits. Andersen was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Katie Stokx (W, 12-8) recorded the win, giving up eight hits and striking out six.

Kristen Garcia was the only San Bernardino player with two hits in either of the games. Starter Jamie Killeen (L, 3-13) pitched just two innings, giving up four runs on five hits. Onishi pitched the final four innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits.

Chico hosts UC San Diego on Saturday. Game time has been moved up to 10:30.

Tough weekend for the Wildcats
(Apr. 12) The Chico State softball team dropped a pair of games at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday. The Wildcats fell 8-4 in the first game and their seventh-inning rally came up just short in the second game as they lost 4-3.

Errors hurt Chico State (17-23, 5-17 California Collegiate Athletic Association) in the first game as five of Dominguez Hills' eight runs were unearned. Amy Biersch had a two-run double for the Wildcats, but Kim O'Hanian pitched seven innings and scattered six hits to get the win for Dominguez Hills.

Alison Shirley went 3-for-3 to lead the Wildcats in the second game, while Kamala Kiffe was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a steal. Chico State scored two runs in the seventh before Janet Briscoe entered the game and recorded the save for Dominguez Hills.

Pitcher Katie Stokx gave up just one earned run in six innings for the Wildcats.

Wildcats drop twinbill in Bakersfield
(Apr. 11) BAKERSFIELD, CALIF. – The No. 17 ranked Cal State Bakersfield softball team continued its habit of scrapping for runs and winning ball games Friday afternoon with a 4–2, 1–0 doubleheader sweep of visiting Chico State at the Roadrunner Softball Complex in Bakersfield.

Chico falls to 17–21 and 5–15 in CCAA play. CSUB, 34–16 overall, 16–8, ran its winning streak to six games with the sweep.

Chico took an early lead on Roadrunner ace Erin Kelly due in part to a two–out error in the first inning of game one. But Chico sophomore Katie Stokx, who has suffered with control problems this season, walked five consecutive batters in the third inning to help CSUB
take a 2–1 lead.

Despite the gift, the Wildcats managed to tie the game on an RBI double
by Bridgette Overstreet in the sixth inning. Bakersfield outfielder Amber Mills answered back in the bottom of the sixth, driving a two–out, two–run homer to leftcenter to give CSUB a 4–2 win.

In game two, Bakersfield pitcher Melanie Herrington pitched out of a few early jams then retired eight of the final 10 batters to record her first shutout of the season.

Chico seemed poised to blow game two open in the fourth inning when a leadoff walk by Megan Farnham, a bunt single by Kamala Kiffe and a wild pitch put runners on second and third with nobody out. But Herrington got pop ups from Alison Shirley and Lindsay Himmelspach before Amber Neves’ comebacker ended the threat.

Neves pitched out of her own fourth-inning jam when Mills led off with a triple, but the middle of the CSUB order left her stranded. In fact Neves, whose only shutout this season came against CSUB in late February, wasn’t challenged again until the seventh inning.

With two outs in the seventh, a misplayed grounder by Chico's second baseman allowed Christie Hill to score the game-winning run.

Overstreet and Shirley each had two hits to lead Chico State in the first
game. Andersen and Amy Biersch hit safely in both games for the Wildcats.

Chico travels to Carson to meet Dominguez Hills for a noon twinbill.

Wildcats finish 3-4 at Stanislaus Tournament
(Apr. 6) With the opening day of the tournament pushed back due to weather, the Wildcats played just one game on Friday and followed it up with three on Saturday and three more on Sunday.

The Wildcats finished the tournament with a record of 3-4 and are now 18-20 overall, 5-13 in the CCAA.

Chico’s opener against Hawaii Hilo resulted in a 7-3 loss. The Wildcats were down 4-0 before scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Stokx (11-7) took the loss, giving up four runs, two earned, in four innings. Amy Biersch had the only RBI of the game for the ‘Cats, who had only three hits in the game.

Chico’s first game on Saturday against Western New Mexico went nine innings, with the Wildcats losing 7-6. Megan Farnham had two hits, including a two-run homer in the fourth, for Chico, which out hit New Mexico 7-4 in the game. Lindsay Himmelspach also had two RBI. Amber Neves (4-11) received the loss, giving up a unearned run in the bottom of the ninth.

The Wildcats picked up their first victory of the tournament with a 4-0 shut out against Central Washington. Stokx gave up just three hits in her team-high sixth shut out of the year, while striking out eight and walking three. Chico had 11 hits in the game, including two a piece from Ashley Andersen, Kamala Kiffe, Farnham, and Himmelspach.

Chico’s final game on Saturday was a 5-1 loss to Hawaii Pacific. Chico scored one run in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game 1-1, but Hawaii put up one in the fifth, two in the sixth, and one in the seventh to bury the ‘Cats. Neves pitched the entire game, giving up three earned runs on nine hits, and striking out four.

Chico’s Sunday opener was a 4-3 win over Western Oregon. Stokx pitched her team-high 15th complete game, giving up one earned run on seven hits with five strikeouts. Centerfielder Neves had two hits and one RBI for the ‘Cats.

With Chico’s 2-3 pool play record, the Wildcats were placed in the Silver Champion bracket and beat San Francisco State, 3-1, to advance to the championship game against tournament host CSU Stanislaus. Against San Francsico, Neves picked up her first win of the tournament, giving up the one run in the top of the seventh. Chico had ten hits in the game, including two each from Andersen, Biersch and Stokx.

In the Silver Championship game, Chico gave up two runs in each of the first two innings and never recovered, losing 5-2 to Stanislaus. Kiffe had a home run in the game and scored both runs for the ‘Cats.

Megan Farnham received Second Team All-Tournament honors, hitting .318 (7-22) with a home run and three RBI.

Stokx fires complete-game shutout -
Wildcats split doubleheader with Hawaii Pacific

(Mar. 31) CHICO – Chico State pitcher Katie Stokx tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout to lead the Wildcats to a 1-0 victory over Hawaii Pacific in game one of a non-conference doubleheader today at University Field. Hawaii won the late game 3-0.

With the split, Chico is now 15-16 overall, Hawaii Pacific ends up at 18-14 overall.

Stokx (9-6) struck out seven and walked five, as she recorded her team-high fifth shutout of the season. The Sea Warriors biggest threat came in the second inning with runners on second and third with one out, but a called strikeout and a ground ball to first base ended the rally.

Chico scored the only run of the game in the fourth inning. Stokx led off the frame with a double to center field and shortstop Megan Farnham followed it up with a double of her own to left center to score pinch runner Shannon Halley.

Hawaii Pacific starter Jessica Parra (7-5) took the hard-luck loss, giving up five hits, striking out one and walking two.

In game two, Hawaii Pacific lefty Mallory Anderson (4-4) threw a shutout of her own, giving up four hits in the game with no strike outs or walks.

Chico had only two runners get past second base. Third baseman Kamala Kiffe hit a two-out triple in the second inning and Megan Farnham advanced to third on a passed ball in the seventh with two outs.

The Sea Warriors scored an unearned run in the fourth when right fielder Rachel Lacar reached first on an error to lead off the inning and came around to score on an RBI-single by shortstop Brandy Choy Foo.

Hawaii added two insurance runs in the sixth. Designated player Holly Garcia led off with a double and Kim Fukumoto reached on a fielder's choice, as Chico attempted to get pinch runner Anolani Puchalski at third base. Tascha Berinobis brought in the first run with a squeeze bunt back to the pitcher and Anuhea Diamond hit a hard ball through the right side to score pinch runner Alisa Iloreta.

Amber Neves (3-8) recorded the loss, giving up five hits, while striking out three and walking one.

Chico travels to Turlock for a three-day tournament this weekend.

Wildcats split with Western Washington
(Mar. 28)The Chico State softball team played for the first time in nearly three weeks today, splitting a non-conference doubleheader with the Western Washington Vikings by the scores of 5-2 and 1-2.

Amy Biersch kicked off the scoring in the first inning of game one with an RBI double to right field. Kamala Kiffe knocked in Biersch with an RBI single to make it 2-0. After a wild pitch gave the Vikings a run in the top of the second, Chico answered with two more runs in its half of the second. Bridgette Overstreet had an RBI double in the left centerfield gap, and Megan Farnham had a bases loaded RBI single.

Kiffe added another RBI single later in the game, as pitcher Katie Stokx lifted her record above .500 (7-6). Stokx pitched the complete game, surrendering only three hits and striking out six. Megan McPhee increased her RBI total to 17 with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

In game two, Chico pitcher Amber Neves suffered another frustrating loss, pitching eight strong innings, giving up only one earned run. Neves is now 3-6 on the season.

Western Washington pitcher Amanda Grant improved on an impressive season thus far. With the complete game victory, Grant's record improves to 6-1. Grant stymied the Wildcats with her change-up, striking out nine Wildcat batters.

Overstreet provided the only big blow off Grant, smacking a two-out home run in the sixth inning that tied the game at the time 1-1. But Jessica Rios produced her own two-out heroics in the eighth, hitting a RBI triple past a diving Overstreet in centerfield. In the bottom of the eighth, with the tying run on second and only one out, Grant got the next two hitters out to seal the win for the Vikings.

Chico State is now 13-14 on the season, and Western Washington is 10-10. The Wildcats play a California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader at Davis tomorrow.

Softball splits with Sonoma State
(Mar. 8) The first game went 13 innings with Sonoma State coming out on top, 5-4, but the Wildcats came back to shut out the Seawolves, 3-0, in game two for the California Collegiate Athletic Association split.

Chico State is now 12-13 overall, 4-12 in CCAA play. Sonoma State is 8-19, 5-11 in conference play.

Danielle McDavid’s RBI single in the bottom of the 13th scored Sharleen Koenig from second base to win it for SSU. Koenig (W, 6-7) pitched all 13 innings to earn the win.

Megan Farnham, Amy Biersch and Allie Shirley each had two hits for the Wildcats. Emily McDermont (L, 3-2), who came on in relief to start the fourth inning, pitched 9.1 innings and gave up just the one run.

In game two, the Seawolves managed just three hits off Chico starter Katie Stokx (W, 6-6), who recorded her fourth shutout of the season.

Chico's leadoff hitter Farnham was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Biersch, Katie Stokx, and Kamala Kiffe had the other three hits in the game.

Softball team splits with San Francisco
(Mar. 7) After losing to San Francisco 3-2 in the opener, the Wildcats roared back to pummel the Gators 12-5 in the nightcap

Softball team continues to struggle
(Mar. 1) Senior righthanders Jamie Killeen and Diana Sutton pitched complete games and their Cal State San Bernardino teammates back them up with timely hitting and good defense as the Coyotes snapped a 10-game losing streak and swept Chico State 5-2, 6-1 Saturday.

Chico State has now lost 8 of its last 10 games to fall to 10-11 overall and 2-10 in the CCAA. San Bernardino improved to 7-17 overall and 5-7 in the CCAA.

Wildcats starter Katie Stokx (4-5) struggled to throw strikes in the opener and walked 10 batters, hit three more, and uncorked two wild pitches in six innings. She walked five hitters in the opening two innings, and San Bernardino took advantage by putting six runs on the board. Amy Biersch's first-inning sacrifice fly brought home Chico State's only run in the opener.

In the second game, Chico State starter Amber Neves (2-4) gave up 11 hits in three-plus innings of work. San Bernardino scored single runs in the first, second, and third frames, and two more in the fourth. The Coyotes hung on for a 5-2 win. Stokx's two-run homer provided the only real offensive highlight for the Wildcats.

Wildcats Split Doubleheader in San Diego
(Feb. 28) UC San Diego and Chico State won a game apiece in a California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader at UCSD’s Triton Softball Field Friday. The host Tritons took the first game, 5-2, while Chico State bounced back to win the nightcap by the final score of 6-4.

In game one, the Tritons scored four runs on just one hit in the fourth inning to defeat 2002 CCAA Freshman of the Year Katie Stokx. Stokx allowed just two hits for the game, and just two of the five runs she allowed were earned, but she also walked seven.

The Triton's Mieko McCue’s two-run double down the rightfield line was the big hit in the fourth inning. UCSD's Stephanie Kurz (2-1) threw six innings to earn the win on the mound.

Senior Ashley Andersen had two hits and an RBI for the Wildcats.Stokx dropped to 4-5 with the loss.

In the nightcap, six Triton errors led to four unearned runs, while
sophomore Amber Neves pitched effectively as Chico State pulled out the split.

The Wildcats scored three in the first and two more in the third to jump out to a 5-0 lead. UCSD’s late comeback fell short. Neves threw seven innings, starting the game and later finishing it after she was replaced in the sixth.

Andersen added two more hits and also scored twice while junior centerfielder Bridgette Overstreet went two-for-three and junior third baseman Kamala Kiffe had an RBI double and two runs scored.

Jodie Bland took the loss for the Tritons, falling to 5-2. All-American Amy Mettee hit her second home run of the season, a solo shot to lead off a three-run sixth inning for UCSD.

With Friday’s split, Chico State, the 2002 West Region Champion, is now 10-9 overall, 2-8 in league play. UCSD moves its record to 10-7 overall, 6-4 in the CCAA.

Wildcats pick up first CCAA win in split with Bakersfield
(Feb. 22) CHICO – The Chico State softball has gotten off to a slow California Collegiate Athletic Association start this season, but picked up its first CCAA win with a 3-0 shutout of Cal State Bakersfield in the second game of today's doubleheader at University Field. The Roadrunners won the first game 4-0.

Chico is now 9-8 overall, 1-7 in CCAA play. Bakersfield is 13-7 overall, 5-3 in conference.

Chico State did all the scoring in game two in the bottom of the fourth inning. Kamala Kiffe drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on a single by designated player Katie Stokx. Megan Farnham drove in the 'Cats first run in 30 straight innings with a single off the pitcher's glove. One out later, Allison Shirley hit a two-run double to left center to give the 'Cats a 3-0 advantage.

Amber Neves (W, 2-4) pitched her first complete game shutout, giving up five hits, striking out two and walking one.

Melanie Herrington (L, 3-4) went the distance for Bakersfield, giving up six hits with three strikeouts and two walks. The Roadrunners had scoring opportunities in the game, leaving seven runners on base.

In game one it was all Bakersfield, as leadoff hitter Lynn Kraftschik walked to start the game and came around to score on a triple to center off the bat of Renee Rubio to tally the quick 1-0 lead. The 'Runners picked up a second run in the third inning on a bases loaded walk to Sarah McClain and added another in the fifth on an RBI-single by McClain. Bakersfield final run came courtesy of two three Wildcat errors in the seventh.

Erin Kelly (W, 9-1) recorded the win, giving up just four hits and striking out five with no walks. She pitched to the minimum number of batters through the first four innings.

Stokx (L, 4-4) gave up three runs on six hits in five innings of work and continued to struggle with her control, walking five to her six strikeouts.

Wildcats softball squad continues slide
(Feb. 21) The Chico State softball squad, defending Western Region champions, has now dropped four straight games and six of their last eight after a 1-0, 4-0 doubleheader sweep by Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday.

The Wildcats, 8-7 overall and 0-6 in the CCAA, absorbed their first two shutouts of the season at the hand of Dominguez Hills pitchers Valerie Long and Kim O'Hanian and have now failed to score in 20 consecutive innings.

Dominguez Hills improved to 8-1-1 overall and 5-1 in the CCAA.

Long started the opener and hurled five innings of two-hit ball before giving way to O'Hanian, who didn't give up a hit over the last two innings to pick up the save. Lori Moreno accounted for the game's only run when she collected a base hit, advance tot second on an error, and eventually stole home.

Katie Stokx (4-3) took the loss for Chico, despite surrendering just three hits in seven strong innings.

O'Hanian continued her mastery of the Wildcats in game two, scattering eight hits in 10 innings to collect the complete-game victory. Stokx, Chico State's starter, was also masterful, surrendering one hit in four innings of work before giving way to Amber Neves.

Neves and O'Hanian were near perfect for the next five innings before Dominguez Hills finally got to Neves in the 10th. Dominguez Hills' Natalie Sharp and Renee Snyder rapped two-run singles in the frame to break the game open and lead the Toros to a 4-0 victory.

Megan Farnham paced Chico State's offense with three hits, while Bridgette Overstreet and Amy Biersch finished with two hits apiece.

Wildcats lose two to Aggies
(Feb. 14) UC Davis came from behind in both games to beat Chico State, 7-3 and 4-3, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader in Chico.

With the wins, Davis remains undefeated in CCAA games at 4-0 and is 11-4 overall. Chico State drops to 8-5 overall, 0-4 in CCAA play.

In game one, the Wildcats ended Aggie pitcher Amy Rosson’s (W, 7-0) season-long scoreless streak at 42 and a third innings when Ashley Andersen drove in Alli Shirley on a sacrifice fly to left field in the bottom of the second inning. Chico took a two-run lead, 3-1, in the bottom of the third on two unearned runs.

Davis answered back and put the game away in the top of the sixth inning, scoring four runs on two hits, a two-run double by Michelle Malbon and a pinch-hit home run to left center by Megan Turman. Wildcat pitcher Katie Stokx (L, 4-2) walked three in the inning. The Aggies added on two more in the top of the final frame when Malbon singled to second base to score Jennifer Borrelli and Angie Linsenmeyer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

In game two, Chico State again had the lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth on a three-run double down the left field line by Stokx to offset the Aggies’ two runs in the top of the inning. Davis tied it up in the fifth when Kristin Herrera singled to right to drive in Jenna Cresta.

In the top of the seventh, Davis’ Emily Hetzner broke open the 3-3 tie with a RBI-bunt down the third-base line to score Turman, who started the rally with a two-out single to left field.

Susan Churchwell (4-2) picked up the win, while Chico State’s Amber Neves (1-3) took the loss.

No. 7 Chico State sweeps No. 20 Humboldt State
(Feb. 8) A battle between preseason Top 20 teams turned into a route as the Chico State softball team hammered visiting Humboldt State 6-3 and 7-1 Saturday afternoon.

Kamala Kiffe hammered a two-run homer in the first innings of the opener and a two-run single in the first inning of the nightcap and the Chico State starters Katie Stokx and Amber Neves made the leads stand up. The Wildcats led 6-1 entering the seventh inning of the first game and 7-0 entering the seven inning of the nightcap.

Chico State improves to 8-3 while Humboldt drops to 6-6.

Kiffe and Amy Biersch knocked in two runs apiece for the Wildcats in the opener and Megan Farnham had an RBI as the Wildcats led wire-to-wire. Stokx (5-1) made sure of that by tossing a complete-game four-hitter. She also finished 2-for-2 at the plate.

Lacey Morgan went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead Humboldt State's offense. Freshman Emily Weitzel took the loss, surrendered six runs on 10 hits over five-plus innings of work.

In the second game, Kiffe's two-run single plated Ashley Anderson and Bridgette Overstreet and the Wildcats tacked on three more runs in the second. Anderson, who went 4-for-4 on the day, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs. Biersch went 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Neves (1-2) surrendered five hits in seven innings of work to pick up her first win of the season.

Kara Roberts took the loss for Humboldt State. She gave up five runs on six hits before being pulled in the second inning. Julianne Cree pitched the last four-plus innings and gave up two runs on six hits. Lacey Cope went 2-for-2 to lead the offense and scored the team's only run on a wild pitch in the seventh.

The Wildcats will be back in action Friday when they host UC Davis at noon. They also host Western Oregon Saturday at noon.

Cal State Stanislaus sweeps Chico
(Feb. 7) In the California Collegiate Athletic Association opener for both teams, Cal State Stanislaus stunned Chico State by sweeping a doubleheader, 11-1 and 2-1, at University Field.

Stanislaus came into the contest with a 1-4 record, but begins the CCAA season 2-0, improving its overall record to 3-4. The Wildcats had their five-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 6-3 overall, 0-2 in CCAA play.

Chico pitcher Katie Stokx (L 4-1), who kicked off the season throwing 23 scoreless innings, was tagged for six runs in the first inning of game one. Stanislaus third baseman Sephora Scoubes blasted a towering grand slam over the left field fence which made it 6-0 with just one out.

The Wildcats had only three hits in the game, two of which were a double and a triple by centerfielder Bridgette Overstreet.

Pitchers Rachelle Verhoeven and Michelle Terrazas (W 1-2) combined to shut down the Wildcats in game two. Terrazas gave up just one hit in the final 2 2/3 innings. Amber Neves (L 0-2) went the distance for Chico.

Roxanne Rizzo and Pebbel Prestwood each had an RBI for Stanislaus, while Overstreet batted in Chico's lone run.

Chico, No. 7 in the preseason poll, battles No. 20 Humboldt State in a doubleheader tomorrow at noon.

'Cats ranked No. 7 in preseason poll
The Chico State Wildcats softball team begins the season ranked No. 7 in the National Fastpitch Coach's Association (NFCA) preseason poll. The Wildcats opened their season by defeating No. 8 UC Davis 3-0. Chico will battle No. 20 Humboldt State on Saturday at noon. St. Mary's (TX) and Grand Valley State, the two teams responsible for knocking Chico out of last year's 2002 NCAA Division II Softball Championship, begin the season ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

Chico takes two from Augustana: Stokx improves to 4-0; Shirley continues to produce
(Feb. 4) Katie Stokx, the 2002 CCAA Freshman of the Year, lost her scoreless innings streak at 23, but she still picked up the win in the first game of a doubleheader against Augustana College on Tuesday. Allie Shirley hit a two-run single in game two, increasing her team-high RBI to five.

The Wildcats improved their record to 6-1 on the season in taking two from a team that made a trip to California all the way from Sioux Falls, S.D. Both teams went 4-1 at The Best of the West tournament in Modesto, held Feb. 1-2. Augustana has gone 1-3 since, dropping its record to 5-4.

Stokx has had uncharacteristic control problems so far, walking 29 batters in 29 innings. Last year, Stokx walked just 83 batters in 250.1 innings. In both games, freshman pitcher Emily McDermont relieved Stokx after she pitched the first three innings. In eight innings, McDermont gave up three runs and eight hits, and she picked up the win in game two to improve her record to 2-0.

In game one, Ashley Andersen sparked the Wildcats with a RBI single and a solo homerun to lead off the fourth inning. Andersen leads the team in batting average (.409), hits (9), and total bases (12). Megan Farnham and Amber Neves had RBI singles as well.

In game two, Andersen and Shirley had two-run singles, as Chico put up five runs in the sixth inning. Kamala Kiffe had the other two RBIs as Chico went on to win 6-3 and sweep the doubleheader. Stokx is hitting .368 with a double and 3 RBI. The Wildcats have stolen 14 bases in 20 attempts in their first seven games.
Chico stays home this weekend, taking on CSU Stanislaus Friday at 1:00 p.m. and Humboldt State Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

Chico State finishes second in Best of the West Tournament
(Feb. 2) Because of tie-breaker rules, Chico State finished second in the Best of the West Tournament, held Feb 1-2 in Modesto. Four teams finished with a 4-1 record, but Augustana College (S.D.) was determined tournament champions. Chico will take on Augustana at home in Chico on Tuesday. On Sunday, Chico won its last three games to finish the tournament with a 4-1 record.

Katie Stokx hurled two more shutouts in games three and five to improve her scoreless innings streak to 23. In game three, against Western Oregon, Stokx pitched nine innings, striking out seven and giving up only six hits. In the 1-0 win, Amy Biersch had a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning.

In game four, freshman pitcher Emily McDermont picked up her first college win, giving up three runs in seven innings to beat Cal State Stanislaus. In a 3-3 tie, Biersch struck again, hitting a game-winning double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Stokx and Kamala Kiffe each had a RBI in the game as well.

Game five was less intense for the Wildcats, as they handed San Francisco State a 5-0 loss. Stokx struck out 10 batters and surrendered only two hits to improve her record to 3-0. Freshman Allie Shirley had a double and three RBI. Ashley Andersen and Bridgette Overstreet each had a run and two hits.

Wildcats open season with win at tournament
(Feb. 1) The Chico State softball team opened the 2003 season with a win over long-time rival UC Davis at the Best of the West Invitational hosted by CSU Stanislaus. The Wildcats shutout the Aggies 3-0.

Wildcat ace Katie Stokx pitched the shutout, giving up five hits while striking out seven and walking five. The Aggies left 11 runners on base, but Stokx worked out of the tight situations.

Chico spread out its scoring with single runs in the second, third, and fifth innings. Second baseman Ashley Andersen had two hits, along with Stokx, who also drove in a run. Shortstop Megan Farnham had the only other RBI-single for the ‘Cats.

In the Wildcats late game, they fell to Azusa Pacific, 3-1. Starting pitcher Amber Neves (0-1) took the loss, giving up two of the runs on four hits in 4.1 innings, while striking out five. Freshman Emily McDermont pitched the final 1.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits.

Chico’s only run came in the top of the fifth to tie the game 1-1, but Azusa answered back with a run in the bottom of the inning. Anersen, Stokx, Amy Biersch, and Allison Shirley each had a hit for the Wildcats.

Chico State takes on Western Oregon and San Francisco State on Sunday.

Softball signs local hurler

Local softball pitcher Emily McDermont has signed on with the Chico State Wildcats for the upcoming season

McDermont was a four-year varsity starter for Pleasant Valley, leading the Vikings to three consecutive section titles. She was voted 1st Team All-Section the last two seasons. She is currently playing for the North Valley Rapids, who qualified for the 18-and-under softball national tournament.

Emily is going to be a great addition to our pitching staff. She's a hard working player with a true passion for the game, said Head Coach Teri Rupe. She throws a variety of pitches, which keeps the batter off balance. We are really excited that Emily will be a Wildcat in the fall.

McDermont joins a Wildcat squad that last year made it first post-season appearance since 1980, finishing among the top four in the nation at the 2002 National Championship in Salem, Virginia. The Wildcats lost just one player to graduation last season.