2004 Softball stories

08/19/04
Four commit to Chico State softball team
CHICO, CA – Chico State softball head coach Teri Rupe has announced that a true freshman and three transfers have committed to play at Chico State in 2005. Butte College transfers Lexey Smith and Danielle Bera join Stephen F. Austin University transfer Chelsea Lundberg and Oxnard High School product Candace Zuniga on this season's roster.

Smith, originally from Orland, was a two-time All-Conference pitcher for Butte College and also earned Academic First Team honors.

Lexey has a great presence on the mound and she throws hard so we're very excited about her, said Rupe. She'll definitely add depth to our pitching staff.

Bera will bring an element of speed to the batting order, having stolen 29 bases in 2004, ranking her among the state's top five base stealers. The two-time All-Conference and Academic First Team selection can play second base and shortstop.

(Danielle) can flat out fly, said Rupe. She's an aggressive baserunner who will definitely make things happen when she gets on base.

Lundberg is also a proven commodity in the NCAA softball world, having started 35 games for Stephen F. Austin as a freshman last season. The left-handed first baseman batted .248 with three home runs and 21 RBI. A graduate of Roseville High School near Sacramento, Lundberg earned All-State honors as a junior and was named First Team All-League and All-City as a senior.

Chelsea will bring a strong bat to our lineup and a great glove a first base, said Rupe. I'm very excited to see her in a Chico State uniform.

Zuniga, the only freshman of the group, will likely play third base, though she can also play the middle infield or outfield. A Second Team All-CIF selection as a senior, Zuniga batted .343 with five doubles.

Candace is a highly competitive player with a great work ethic, said Rupe. She will be a great addition to our program and I'm really looking forward to seeing her become a huge part of our success over these next four years.

The four newcomers will join as many as 12 returners from last year's 27-27 squad in an attempt to get back to the NCAA Championships for the second time in four years.

These additions will all be impact players for us, said Rupe. With those four, and the strong group of returners we have, I see no reason for us not to be challenging for a league title.

05/17/04
Four Wildcats named to All-CCAA team
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Seniors Lindsay Himmelspach, Kamala Kiffe and Bridgette Overstreet, along with junior Katie Stokx, were all named Second Team All-CCAA, as determined by a vote of the league head coaches.

Kiffe led the team the team with a .360 batting average, 29 RBI, 33 runs scored,14 doubles, and five home runs. Overstreet, who started games as an infielder, at catcher, and in the outfield, received the honor as a utility player. She hit .306 with 12 doubles and led the team with 13 stolen bases. Himmelspach started 53 games at first base, hitting .278 with eight doubles and four home runs. Stokx received the honor as a designated player. She hit .287 with 13 doubles and three home runs.

05/03/04
Allison Shirley named CCAA Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Chico State second baseman Allison Shirley has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Player of the Week for the week of April 26- May 2.

Shirley, a sophomore from Alamo, hit .583 to lead the Wildcats to a 3-1 week against CCAA Champion Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State
Stanislaus. She went 7-for-12 with a run scored and an RBI.

05/01/04
Wildcats finish season on a high note
Kiffe belts 2-run homer on final day of four-year career
CHICO - With four teammates playing the final collegiate games of their career, the Chico State softball team made sure the final memories would be good ones by sweeping Cal State Stanislaus Saturday in Chico. Senior Kamala Kiffe hit a two-run homer in the opener and Megan Farnham hit a leadoff homer in game two as the Wildcats won 2-1 and 4-2.

Kristin Paese tossed a complete-game three-hitter for Chico State in the first game, allowing only one unearned run. Kiffe and Allison Shirley led an eight-hit attack with two hits apiece. Katie Stokx, Chico State's game two starter, almost matched Paese's effort, surrendering just two runs and five hits in a route-going performance. She struck out 10 hitters in the process.

Shirley finished with two hits to lead the Wildcats offense. Senior Lindsay Himmelspach and Kiffe knocked in a run apiece. Senior Shannon Halley also got a hit in her last collegiate at-bat, and senior Bridgette Overstreet scored a run during the team's three-run third inning.

With the victories, the Wildcats finished 27-27 overall and 17-19 in the CCAA. Stanislaus wrapped up its season at 20-37 overall and 11-25 in the CCAA.

04/30/04
Wildcats split with nationally ranked Bakersfield
CHICO - Katie Stokx pitched a two-hit, 1-0 shutout in the first game against Cal State Bakersfield, ranked No. 19 in the nation and No. 3 in the West, but had to settle for a split of the CCAA doubleheader today at University Field. The Roadrunners won the nightcap, 9-3.

Stokx (W, 12-11) struck out seven and walked four in the effort for her third shutout of the season. She also drove in the only run of the game with a single down the left field line to score Megan Farnham, who doubled to lead off the bottom of the third inning.

Farnham and Bridgette Overstreet each had two hits for Chico State (25-27, 15-19 CCAA) in game one.

Christie Hill (L, 17-9) gave up one run on six hits, struck out four and walked two for CSUB (42-18, 23-11 CCAA).

The Roadrunner bats came alive in the late game. Bakersfield rallied for six runs on seven hits to knock out starter Kristin Paese (L, 10-13) after four innings.

Bakersfield's big inning came in the fourth when the first five batters all reached base safely on three straight hits, a hit batter, and an error. Four of the five came into score to give the 'Runners a 6-0 lead.

Reliever Emily McDermont was not treated much better, surrendering a run in the fifth and two more in the seventh.

Chico scored two in the bottom half of the fifth on a RBI double by Farnham and a single by Overstreet, and added a solo run in the sixth.

Carrie Hilvers, Kianna Urbanski, and Hill each had two hits for CSUB, which out hit Chico 10-8 in the game.

Allison Shirley was the only Wildcat with multiple hits in the game, going 3 -for-3 and scoring a run.

Megen McDonough (W, 11-6) gave up all eight hits and the three runs. Christie Hill came on to in the sixth to pitch two perfect innings to end the game.

The Wildcats final home games of the season are tomorrow at noon against Cal State Stanislaus.

04/25/04
Wildcats lose first game of bracket play
Western New Mexico 1, Chico State 0

All-Tournament pick Katie Stokx threw a three-hitter for the Wildcats (24-26), but Western New Mexico's Angela Slaugh threw a one-hitter as Chico State was eliminated from the Mountain Dew Softball Classic.

04/24/04
Wildcats split again in Bakersfield
Cal State Stanislaus 8, Chico State 6 (10)
Chico State 8, Cal State Bakersfield 0 (5)

Katie Stokx threw a one-hitter and Bridgette Overstreet went 2-for-3 with a home run, double, run scored and two RBIs as the Wildcats (24-25) beat Bakersfield to split a pair of games at the Mountain Dew Softball Classic in Bakersfield.

Stokx also had a double in the win over Bakersfield, which ended in five innings due to the 8-run rule.

Kamala Kiffe had a pair of doubles and Overstreet and Michelle Crank lined doubles as the Wildcats dropped an extra-inning game to Cal State Stanislaus.

04/23/04
Wildcats split opening day of tournament
Chico St. 11, W. New Mexico 2 (6)
Sonoma St. 5, Chico St. 0

Katie Stokx pitched a five-hitter as the Wildcats (23-24) pounded 18 hits for 11 runs to beat Western New Mexico (33-10), the NCAA Division II West Region's No. 2-ranked team, in the Mountain Dew Softball Classic in Bakersfield.

Bridgette Overstreet was 3-for-5 with a home run and a double for the Wildcats. Stokx, Megan Farnham and Jennifer Chacon also doubled.

Chico State was held to five hits in getting shut out by Sonoma State (19-34).

04/16/04
Wildcats and Aggies split again
CHICO - After almost three hours of play in the second game, the UC Davis softball team pushed across two runs in the top of the 11th inning for a 2-0 win to avoid a CCAA softball doubleheader sweep by Chico State. The Wildcats won the first game 9-1, which was ended in the sixth inning due to the eight-run rule.

In game one, Katie Stokx and Emily McDermont combined for a one-hitter against the Aggies. Although Stokx allowed just one hit and struck out three, she walked five and was relieved by McDermont in the fourth. McDermont picked up the win, improving to 2-1 on the season, as she held the Aggies hitless over the final 2.1 innings.

The scoring started early for the Wildcats (22-23, 14-18 CCAA), as they loaded the bases in the first inning. With a hard hit ball that bounced off Nettleton Stadium, Allison Shirley just missed hitting a grand slam, but settled for a bases-clearing double to right center.

Stokx had a three-run double of her own down the left field line in the sixth to make it 8-1 and Lindsay Himmelspach singled to left to drive in the final run and end the game.

Himmelspach, Stokx, and Bridgette Overstreet each had two hits for the ‘Cats in game one, who outhit the Aggies 8-1.

The hit for UC Davis (22-20, 19-13 CCAA) was an infield single to second base by Jessica Miller in the fourth inning that led to a throwing error and the Aggies’ run.

Amy Rosson (14-7) took the loss, giving up four runs, two earned, on three hits in two innings of work. She walked two and struck out two. Lindsay Tognetti pitched the final 3.2 innings, allowing five runs, three earned, on five hits. The Aggies committed three errors in the game.

Game two was a classic pitching duel, although it didn’t start out that way. Aggie starter Rachel Kelly walked the lead-off hitter, recorded two outs, then walked two more and was quickly relieved by Rosson. Rosson (15-7) went on to throw 10.1 innings of shutout softball and record the win, allowing six hits and striking out ten.

Kristin Paese (10-10) was equally effective, striking out three and walking five, while giving up six hits. Davis didn't get its first hit until the fifth, but after stranding runners in four of the last five innings, the Aggies (22-20, 19-13) broke through in the 11th.

Sue Yale walked, and after a sacrifice and groundout, Kacey Savier singled home pinch-runner Carie Brueckner with the game winner. After a walk, Emily Hetzner brought home Savier with an insurance run.

Both teams had opportunities throughout the game, as Davis left 12 runners on base and Chico left 11. Both teams rallied in the sixth with runners on second and third, but neither team could push a run across.

Defense by both teams was sharp, as well. Chico had runners on first and third with no outs, but a line-drive double play and a fly ball ended the threat.

The Wildcats best chance in extra innings came in the ninth when the ‘Cats had runners at second and third with one out, but a ground ball to the pitcher and a strikeout nixed the rally.

04/14/04
Wildcats split with Aggies
DAVIS - Lindsay Himmelspach's three-run double in the sixth inning rallied the Wildcats from a 2-1 deficit to a 4-2 win, as Chico State managed a split with UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader Wednesday. In the first game, UC Davis came away with the 1-0 victory, despite being no-hit by Wildcat starter Katie Stokx.

With the split the Aggies move to 21-19 on the season, 18-12 in CCAA play. Chico State goes to 21-22 overall, 13-17 in conference action.

In the first game, Stokx was in control, as she did not allow a hit in the contest. In the third inning, Emily Hetzner reached on a fielder's choice. With two outs, she stole second then stole third as Wildcat catcher Jennifer Chacon threw to second to catch her off guard. When Chacon's throw went into the outfield, Hetzner came across with the game's only run.

That was all Aggie starter Amy Rosson (W, 13-6) needed as she limited the Wildcats to five hits and only allowed one runner past second base. For the game Rosson struck out 11 batters while walking just one.

Stokx (L, 9-10) ended the game with four walks, four strikeouts and just the one unearned run.

In the nightcap the Wildcats got on the board first in the second inning when Himmelspach's sacrifice bunt scored Kiffe from third. The Aggies tied it in the bottom of the third when Turman's bases loaded single to left scored Lindsay Roark. On the play Sheldon tried to score from second but was out at the plate on Amber Neves' throw from left field.

UC Davis went ahead in the fourth on Sue Yale's leadoff home run to left. The score remained 2-1 until the sixth when Chico loaded the bases with just one out. Aggie starter Rachel Kelly got Shirley to fly out to short right for the second out, but Himmelspach lined an 0-1 pitch to the fence in right, clearing the bases and giving Chico its final margin of victory.

Himmelspach finished the game with just one hit but knocked in all four runs. In all Chico had five hits in the contest to support starter Kristin Paese (W, 10-9) who went the distance, allowing two
runs on three hits while striking out five.

Kelly (L, 3-9) went the distance for UC Davis, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out three.

These same two teams will be in action on Friday with another doubleheader in Chico. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.

03/30/04
Kamala Kiffe named CCAA Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Chico State third baseman Kamala Kiffe has been named the Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Player of the Week for the week of March 22-28.

Kiffe, a senior from Newbury Park, led the Wildcats to a 3-1 record at Grand Canyon and UC San Diego March 26-27. She hit .500 (8-for-16) with two doubles, a home run, three walks, four runs scored and four runs batted in. Her three RBI powered Chico to a 6-3 win at Canyon (Mar. 26).

Kiffe sparked a one-out 10th inning rally and scored the winning run in the Cats’ 8-6 win at UCSD (Mar. 27). Kiffe’s three hits and two runs helped Chico complete the sweep of UC San Diego with a 7-5 victory in game two of the doubleheader.

Defensively, Kiffe handled all 26 defensive chances at the hot corner (6 putouts, 20 assists).

04/10/04
Gators Split with Chico State
San Francisco - Chico State split a CCAA doubleheader with San Francisco State this afternoon at the SFSU Softball Field. The Wildcats (20-21, 12-16 CCAA) won the first game 3-2 and the Gators came back to win the nightcap 4-0. SFSU improves to 24-21 overall and 15-11 in the CCAA.

In game one, it was the Wildcats' Katie Stokx pitching a one-hit complete game as she improved to 9-9 on the season. Stokx gave up two runs, one earned, while striking out six Gators and walking three.

SFSU scored first when Kristin Bartholamay's single drove in Vanessa Rodrigue for the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning.

The Wildcats tied the game in the top of the third inning when Bridgettte Overstreet walked with one out and advanced to second on a walk to Stokx. With two outs, Allison Shirley's single drove in Overstreet to tie the game at 1-1.

The Gators broke the tie in the bottom of half of the third inning when Rodrigue stole second base and came into score when Elissa Reizman reached on an error.

Sonja Garnett fell to 14-11 as she pitched 3.0 innings of relief. She gave up five hits and one run while striking out two.

In game two, Garnett pitched a four-hit complete game shutout, as the Gators blanked Chico State 4-0. The Gator sophomore improved to 15-11 as she walked just one Wildcat batter and struck out five.

The Gators broke the game open in the sixth inning, scoring three runs on just three hits. Darrow delivered the big blow with her 30th career double to drive in two and give the Gators a 4-0 lead.
Chico State's Kristin Paese fell to 9-9 as she recorded the loss pitching six innings, striking out three, walking two, and giving up seven hits and four runs, three earned.

04/09/04
Wildcat softball team sweeps Sonoma State
SONOMA - Kaite Stokx pitched a four-hitter in the second game and Chico State scored nine runs over the final three innings of the first game to sweep a California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader from host Sonoma State Friday, 9-2 and 3-1.

Chico State (19-20, 11-15 CCAA) trailed 1-0 in the fifth inning of the first game, but scored three times before adding two runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh.

Kristen Paese (9-8) pitched a seven-hitter, striking out eight and walking six. The Wildcats also pounded out 13 hits to back her effort.

Megan Farnham, Bridgette Overstreet, Stokx, Lindsay Himmelspach and Nickie Jarrett all had two hits for Chico State. Himmelspach hit her fourth home run of the season and Kamala Kiffe and Farnham doubled.

Stokx (8-9) shut down Somoma State (13-30, 7-17) in the second game, striking out five and walking seven. Farnham, who went 3-for-3, knocked in Allison Armas with the game-winner in the fourth. Allison Shirley added a pair of hits and Kiffe had a double and two RBIs.

04/03/04
Wildcats compete in ETOC
TURLOCK - The Chico State softball team participated in the Easton Tournament of Champions at CSU Stanislaus this weekend. The Wildcats are 1-4 in the tournament with a final game on Sunday against Western Oregon.

The Wildcats (15-18) lost 4-3 to Montana State-Billings (14-22) in their first game of the tournament. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Yellowjackets scored three runs. Chico State followed up by scoring three runs in the top of the sixth. The Yellowjackets won the game in extra innings, pushing a run across in the bottom of the eighth. Wildcat third-baseman Kamala Kiffe went 2-for-4 for with an RBI.

In their second game, the Wildcats (15-19) lost 2-0 to Humboldt (33-7). Humboldt State pitcher Tracy Motzny (15-2) pitched a complete game allowing no runs and only four hits. Kristin Paese (7-8) pitched the entire game allowing two runs on five hits while striking out six batters.

Chico State (16-19) beat Saint Martin’s (7-20) by the score of 12-1 in their third game of the tournament. Chico State had 18 hits in the game, with Bridgette Overstreet and Lindsay Himmelspach both having three hits. Himmelspach also had three RBI. Wildcat pitcher Kristin Paese (8-8) pitched a complete game allowing an unearned run and striking out nine batters.

In the fourth game, Chico State (16-20) played Central Washington (14-10) losing by a count of 6-0. Sara Badgley went 2-for-3 with two RBI for Central Washington. Katie Stokx (6-9) pitched nearly four innings allowing five runs.

03/28/04
Wildcats gets doubleheader sweep over UCSD
The Chico State softball team upset UC San Diego Saturday, sweeping the Tritons 8-6 in ten innings and 7-5 in seven.

The Wildcats (14-16, 8-14 California Collegiate Athletic Association) scored two runs in the top of the 10th to take the first game from the Tritons (19-14, 15-11 CCAA).

Megan Farnham led Chico State's 15-hit charge, going 3-for-4 with a home run. Tera Hoppe had three doubles and Katie Stokx had three hits, including a double and two RBIs. Kamala Kiffe added two hits and Lindsay Himmelspach and Bridgette Overstreet both doubled.

The Wildcats gathered 10 hits in the second game, including three by Kiffe. Allison Shirley homered and drove in four runs, Farnham had two doubles, and Kiffe and Stokx each doubled.

Amber Neves (1-1) picked up her first win of the season in game one, throwing the final four inings, and recorded her first save in game two with 2.2 innings of relief. Stokx (6-8) was the winner in game two.

03/27/04
Wildcats Split Doubleheader
The Wildcats split their double-header with the host Antelopes, losing in dramatic fashion in the first game 2-1, before winnning convincingly in the second 6-3.

Kristin Paese pitched 11 shutout innings, but the Wildcats (13-17, 7-15 California Collegiate Athletic Association) lost it in the 12th. Allison Shirley hit a solo homer for Chico State, but the Antelopes' Nicole Seymour followed with a two-run shot for a walk-off victory.

In the second game, Kiffe, Bridgette Overstreet, Katie Stokx, Jayme Crank and Shirley all doubled to lead Chico State. Kiffe also homered and drove in three runs.

Grand Canyon is 13-9 and 11-7 in the CCAA.

03/24/04
Wildcats shut out Western Washington
CHICO – Katie Stokx pitched a perfect game and Lindsay Himmelspach hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning of game two to give the Chico State softball team a shutout sweep of visiting Western Washington in a non-conference doubleheader today at University Field. Game scores were 4-0 and 8-0.

Himmelspach's homer, her third of the year, drove in Kamala Kiffe and Allie Shirley who opened the fifth inning with back-to-back hits. The game was called after the shot to center field due to the 8-run rule.

Stokx (W, 4-8) pitched to the minimum 15 batters, striking out four and recording six fly-ball outs and five ground outs. The shutout was her first of the year and eighth complete game of the season.

Chico scored two runs in the second inning on a two-out, two-run double by catcher Jayme Crank and three runs in the third, thanks to a home run to center field by Bridgette Overstreet, an RBI single by Shirley, and a Western Washington error.

The Wildcats had 11 hits in game two, the most since their conference opener on February 6. Kiffe had three hits and scored three times, and Shirley and Overstreet both had two hits apiece.

Jackie Quint took the loss for the Vikings in game two, giving up three runs on three hits in 2.1 innings of work. Nicole Walker game up five runs on eight hits in 1.2 innings. Neither pitcher recorded a strikeout.

In the opening game, Chico State started the scoring with an en earned run in the bottom of the first and tagged on another run in the third inning on an RBI-single through the left side by Shirley. The 'Cats added two more insurance runs in the fifth inning for the 4-0 shutout.

Kristin Paese (W, 7-6) picked up her second shut out and ninth complete game of the season, scattering three hits and striking out nine batters, two shy of her season record.

Crank and Neves each had two hits in game one for Chico State.

Sarah Arnold recorded the loss for WWU, giving up four runs, three earned, on eight hits and striking out three in the complete-game effort.

Chico resumes conference play this weekend with games at Grand Canyon and UC San Diego.

03/13/04
Wildcats snap losing skid in doubleheader split with San Bernardino
CHICO – Kamala Kiffe blasted a three-run homer and Emily McDermont had perhaps her best outing of the season, giving up just one earned run in a complete-game effort, as the Chico State softball team snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over visiting Cal State San Bernardino in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. The Coyotes bounced back to win the nightcap 4-1.

McDermont, now 1-1 on the season, scattered six hits and struck out five for the Wildcats, who finished the afternoon 10-16 overall and 6-14 in the CCAA. Amanda Steele gave up just one run on four hits in her complete-game effort for the Coyotes (7-16-1, 6-13-1 CCAA) in the second game.

Chico State's three-run third inning was enough to carry it to victory in the opener. Jayme Crank and Amber Neves led off the inning with consecutive singles. After Megan Farnham grounded into a fielder's choice, Kiffe blasted a three-run homer off of San Bernardino starter Dawn Onishi (2-11).

In the second game, San Bernardino managed only four hits against Chico State starter Katie Stokx (3-8), but took advantage of four Chico State errors to plate single runs in the third, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings and overcome an early Wildcats lead. Krista Hernandez notched a solo home run, while Alexis Topper and Nicole Gomez each drove in a run. Steele improved to 4-3 with the victory.

Chico State's only run of the game came in the first inning. Farnham singled to leadoff the bottom of the first and came in to score when the next batter, Kiffe, doubled for her second extra-base hit of the day.

The Wildcats wrap up their current six-game homestand with a doubleheader against Western Washington Wednesday at 1:30.

03/12/04
Wildcats drop two to Dominguez Hills
CHICO - CSU Dominguez Hills' pitching proved to be too much for the Chico State softball team. The Wildcats were shutout twice by the Toros today, 6-0 and 4-0, on their home diamond.

In game one, the Wildcats managed just four hits off Valerie Long who improved her record to a perfect 5-0. She struck out five and walked three.

Chico's Katie Stokx (L, 3-7) struggled with her control, walking nine batters in three innings of work, causing her to give up four runs on just two hits.

Stokx and Allison Shirley each had a double in the game for the Wildcats.

The Toros scored solo runs in the first two frames and tacked on two more in the fourth and seventh innings. Leadoff hitter Natalie Sharp and Araceli Martinez each had two hits and Lisa Grove drove in two runs with her one hit of the game.

In the nightcap, Grove (W, 5-3) moved from first base to pitcher and recorded her third shutout of the season. She also helped herself at the plate, going 2-for-2 at the plate, including a RBI single in the first and a solo home run down the left field line to lead off the sixth.

The Toro's Crystal Dingman was the only other player with multiple hits in the game She went 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.

Kristin Paese (L, 6-6) gave up four runs on seven hits and struck out four.

The Wildcats (9-15, 5-13 CCAA) have now dropped six straight, but will look to get back on track tomorrow when they host Cal State San Bernardino at noon.

Dominguez Hills improved to 15-9-2 overall, 10-9-1 in conference play.

03/06/04
Softball team loses pair at Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD – Chico State was swept by Cal State Bakersfield Saturday in their doubleheader. The Roadrunners defeated Chico State by a score of 5-1 in game one of the doubleheader and 6-1 in the nightcap. Bakersfield pitcher Kristyn Daniels (12-2) pitched the entire opener, giving up one run on five hits. She also had seven strikeouts while only walking one batter.

Amber Neves (0-1) allowed three runs in her three-plus innings of work. Shannon Halley hit a home run, accounting for the Wildcats’ only run of the game.

Chico State lost the second game by a count of 6-1. Wildcat pitcher Katie Stokx (3-6) allowed six runs while walking four batters. Megan Farnham had three hits in four at bats, accounting for half of the Wildcats’ hits.

Roadrunner pitcher Christie Hill (8-4) allowed only one run on six hits as she pitched a complete game. Right fielder Jennifer Rios hit her second triple of the season in the fifth, scoring Christie Hill, contributing to the Roadrunners’ four-run inning.

The Wildcats’ next home game is a doubleheader Friday against Dominguez Hills with the first game starting at 1:00 p.m.

03/05/04
Softball team swept at Stanislaus
The Cal State Stanislaus Warriors swept the Chico State softball team Friday in a doubleheader, 5-1 and 3-0. The Wildcats fell to 9-11 after the losses. Stanislaus climbed to 10-13.

Stanislaus won the first game of the series 5-1. The Warriors rode Jackie Miller (4-7) in game one of the series, who allowed only one run on five hits as she pitched a complete game. Stanislaus scored four runs in the fourth to open the game up and take a commanding lead.

Wildcat pitcher Kristen Paese (6-5) allowed four runs on six hits in three –plus innings of work.

The Warriors won the second game of the series by a score of 3-0. Nikki Bartley (5-6) pitched a complete game, allowing six hits in her shutout. Chico State pitcher Katie Stokx (3-5) pitched four innings allowing three runs while striking out five of the 18 batters she faced.

03/02/04
Softball team wins one of three at Humboldt
ARCATA - The Chico State softball team won one of three games in dramatic fashion to the Humboldt State Lumberjacks Tuesday in their triple-header. Chico State’s record goes to 9-9 for the season as Humboldt State’s record improves to 9-6.

The Lumberjacks won game one by a score of 2-1. The Lumberjacks took a one run lead in the first and held on to it until the fourth inning when Chico State tied the game. The Lumberjacks then scored another run in the sixth to take the lead.

Chico State pitcher, Kristin Paese, allowed two runs on seven hits and walked two batters. Humboldt States’ Kara Roberts pitched the entire game allowing only one run on five hits.

In game two, Humboldt State won the game 8-0. The Lumberjacks took a six to nothing lead in the second inning and never looked back. They scored another run in each of the third and fifth innings, improving pitcher Tracy Motzny’s record to 4-1.

Chico State pitcher Katie Stokx’s record falls to 3-4 for the season as the Wildcats try to recoup and prevent the sweep.

In game three Humboldt state jumped out to an early second-inning lead, scoring five runs as Chico put up two runs. Chico rebounded in the third, scoring two more runs on a Stokx’s home run and pulling within one score of tying the game.

Humboldt scored a run in the fourth and sixth innings, giving them seven runs for the game. Chico state added two runs in the fifth to remain one run behind the Lumberjacks. In the seventh and final inning, Allison Shirley hit her second home run for the game recording her first grand slam and a victory for the Wildcats.

Chico State pitcher Paese improves her record to 6-4 with the win.

02/27/04
Softball games at Davis - Cancelled
DAVIS, CA - The CCAA softball doubleheader scheduled for today has been cancelled due to unplayable field conditions. The games will be rescheduled.

02/22/04
Wildcats win soggy one for fifth straight victory
CHICO, CA - It rained before the game...It rained throughout the game...It rained after the game, but the Chico State softball team didn't let the muddy conditions stop them from picking up their fifth win of the weekend with a 5-2 victory over Humboldt State. The second game of the doubleheader was cancelled due to the playing conditions.

The Wildcats (8-7) took advantage of one big inning. The Wildcats batted through the order in the third inning, picking up four runs on five hits. Kamala Kiffe got the scoring started when Humboldt's shortstop tried to get her on a force at third, but threw the ball away into the dugout. Allie Shirley knocked in Katie Stokx with a hard hit infield single for the second run. With two outs, Nickie Jarrett knocked a RBI single to left field and Amber Neves laid down a bunt to squeeze in Shirley for the final run of the frame. Stokx, Shirley, and Neves each had two hits in the game.

Humboldt State (7-5) score two unearned runs in the top of the third as two errors by Chico State's shortstop, one fielding and one throwing, prolonged the inning. Designated hitter Jessica Padilla had three hits for the Lumberjacks, including the games only extra base hits, two doubles.

Chico freshman Kristin Paese picked up her third win of the weekend, allowing six hits, no earned runs, no strikeouts and three walks in the complete-game effort. Tracy Motzny took the loss, giving up nine hits, striking out none and walking five.

02/21/04
Wildcats win four straight with sweep of Sonoma
CHICO, CA - Kamala Kiffe, Lindsay Himmelspach, and Megan Farnham each hit home runs in the second game of the doubleheader against Sonoma State for a 4-1 win over the Seawolves.

The Wildcats also won the first game when Allie Shirley drove in Bridgette Overstreet in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie.

The Wildcats swept both CCAA doubleheaders this weekend and improve to 7-7 overall, 5-7 in conference play. Sonoma State falls to 3-13 overall, 3-7 in CCAA play.

02/20/04
Wildcats take a pair from Gators
CHICO, CA – The Chico State softball team swept a pair of games from San Francisco State today at University Field to get back on the winning track. Game scores were 1-0 and 3-1.

The victories ended a seven-game losing streak for the Wildcats and improve their record to 5-7 overall, 3-7 in CCAA play. San Francisco falls to 3-9 overall, 3-5 in conference.

In the opener, Chico pitcher Kristin Paese (W, 3-3) saw her bid for a perfect game broken up in the top of the seventh inning with a base hit down the left field line that just landed in fair territory. It was Paese's first shutout and first complete game of the season. She faced just one batter over the minimum, struck out one, and recorded 10 fly-ball outs and 10 ground outs.

The only run of the game came in the first inning when shortstop Megan Farnham led off the game with an infield single to shortstop and was sacrificed to second on the bunt. The next batter, Allie Shirley hit a ball down the first-base line that went between the fielder's legs for an error. Heads up base running by Farnham allowed her to come around and score from second on the play.

Both pitchers sailed through the next four innings. Chico threatened in the sixth when Farnham again led off with a hit, this time a double down the left field line, but was left stranded at third base.

Sonja Garnett (L, 2-4) took the hard-luck loss for the Gators, giving up just three hits, one unearned run, and striking out three. Two of the Wildcat hits never left the infield.

But the biggest hit in the game came in the top of the seventh when Rachael Darrow hit the hard shot down the left field line to break up the perfect game. Paese quickly retired the next three batters.

In game two, the San Francisco relief pitchers struggled with their control and Chico State took advantage. Garnett started again for the Gators and gave up just two hits in the first three innings, but Julie Terwilliger (L, 1-2) strated the fourth inning and walked three of the five batters she faced, including one to plate a run. Holly Pearce came on, but also had trouble hitting her targets and walked in two more runs before getting a ground ball to third base to end the inning.

Although the Wildcat bats weren't explosive in the game, the defense was solid. In the first inning, Farnham gunned down a runner at the plate on a double-steal attempt. In the second inning, catcher Bridgette Overstreet picked a runner off first base. In the third inning, with Gators on second and third, a ball hit deep in the hole at second didn't give second baseman Shirley enough time to get the runner at first, but Lindsay Himmelspach quickly relayed the ball to the catcher to tag out what would have been the second run on the hit and end the inning.

Katie Stokx (W, 2-3) picked up the complete-game victory, giving up five hits, while striking out four and walking two.

Chico State hosts Sonoma State on Saturday for a doubleheader starting at noon. San Francisco travels to UC Davis.

02/16/04
Bac on Trac tournament cancelled
ARCATA  - The Bac on Trac softball tournament scheduled for Feb. 17-18 has been cancelled due to weather. There are no current plans to reschedule the games.

02/14/04
Wildcats lose two close ones
CHICO, CA – The Chico State softball team lost a pair of one-run California Collegiate Athletic Association games to visiting Grand Canyon University on Saturday at University Field. Game scores were 1-0 and 2-1.

It was the seventh-straight loss for Chico State, which falls to 3-7 overall, 1-7 in CCAA play. Three of the Wildcats last four losses have been by one run. Grand Canyon, which just added its softball program this year, is now 3-3 overall, 3-3 in conference.

In the opener, Grand Canyon scored in the first inning on an RBI double by pitcher Kristen Swetel to drive in Heather Keepers who was hit by a pitch.

After the top of the first inning, it became a classic pitcher's dual and the Antelopes held on for the win. Swetel (W, 2-1) gave up five hits, struck out there and walked one for the victory.

The Wildcats biggest threat came in the sixth inning when they had back-to-back hits, a two-out double by pitcher Katie Stokx and a single by Lindsay Himmelspach to put runners at the corners, but a ground ball back to the pitcher ended the rally. Himmelspach was the only player on either team to have two hits in the game.

Stokx (L, 1-3) gave up four hits, struck out four and walked three in her complete-game effort. It's the second time in two days Stokx has come out on the losing end of a 1-0 game.

In game two, Grand Canyon rallied early again, scoring two runs in the second inning and made them hold up. The first run came on a bases-loaded low pop up just in front of the plate by Robynn Mendenhall that Chico catcher Jennifer Chacon dove for, but couldn't control. Canyon's Krista Jacob then singled down the left field line to plate Laura Huff. Both runs were unearned due to an error earlier in the inning.

Chico answered back in the third inning, loading the bases on a walk and back-to-back hits by Megan Farnham and Kamala Kiffe with one out, but managed just one run when Chacon was hit by a pitch to bring in Farnham.

Grand Canyon's Alex Hawley (W, 1-1) gave up four hits, struck out three and walked one in her seven innings of work. Chico's Kristin Paese (L, 2-3) gave up five hits, struck out six and walked one.

Chico State hosts San Francisco State next Friday at 1:00 and Sonoma State on Saturday at noon.

02/13/04
Wildcats drop two to Tritons
CHICO - The Chico State softball team lost both ends of a California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader to UC San Diego, 15-4 and 5-1 this afternoon at University Field. It was the home opener for the 2004 Wildcats.

In game one, UC San Diego (8-2, 5-1 CCAA) took advantage of two big innings, scoring five runs in both the first and seventh. The Tritons batted through the order, picking up five hits in the opening frame. Jamie Hurst kicked off the scoring with a RBI double to plate leadoff hitter Amy Mettee and Desiree Franciscus and Niki Anderson blasted back-to-back hits to drive in two runs a piece. In the seventh, the Tritons drove in five more runs on six hits, including a two-run double by Kim Aggabao, and singles by Hurst and Jenny Spencer.

Chico (2-5, 1-5 CCAA) got on the board in the third inning when Katie Stokx drove in two runs with a double and Jayme Crank knocked in a solo run with a single to right field to cut the Triton's lead to 6-3, but that was as close as it would get.

Wildcat starter Kristin Paese (L, 2-2) pitch one 1/3 inning, giving up seven runs on six hits. Emily McDermont also had a tough time handling the Triton batters, giving up eight runs on nine hits in her three 2/3 innings of work.

Triton hurler Tina Rowe (W, 5-0) gave up 10 hits, five walks, and recorded three strikeouts in her complete-game effort.

The rain came down as the second game kicked off and neither team could muster the offensive power from earlier in the day.

Triton pitcher Jessica Bland (W, 3-2) pitched a gem of a game, facing just two batters over the minimum, although she recorded just one strikeout.

Lindsay Himmelspach and Kamala Kiffee tallied the only two hits for the Wildcats, singles in the second and fifth innings, respectively.

San Diego had five hits in the game off Wildcat starter Katie Stokx (L, 1-2), but were able to put together back-to-back hits in the second frame. Spencer reached first on a hit to left and Franciscus drove her in with a double down the left field line. Bland had two hits in the game, including a double.

Chico State faces Grand Canyon University on Saturday at 11:00. UC San Diego travels to Davis.

02/07/04
Wildcats lose both ends of Dominguez Hills doubleheader
CRSON - Chico State dropped a CCAA softball doubleheader to Cal State Dominguez Hills, 5-3 and 6-5, on Saturday afternoon on Toro Diamond.

No. 25-ranked CSUDH improves to 7-1, 3-1 in CCAA play, while CSUC falls to 3-3, 1-3 in the CCAA.

The Wildcats scored first in the top of the first inning, but Dominguez Hills answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame and three more in the second.

Chico put the game back into reach with two runs in the third to cut the Toro lead to 5-3, but that was all they could manage.

Both teams had seven hits in the game. Megan Farnham and Bridgette Overstreet each had a double and two hits for the 'Cats in the opening game.

Kristen Paese took the loss, her first of the year, giving up five runs on one hit and five walks in her only inning of work.

The nightcap saw CSUDH take a quick 1-0 lead after the first inning of play. Chico State answered back with a flurry in its second at-bat, scoring three runs on a homerun by Jayme Crank, her first of the year.

The score remained 3-1 in the Wildcats' favor until the bottom of the fourth, when CSUDH's Linda Reyes clubbed a bases-loaded triple down the left field line to give the Toros the lead for good.

CSUC fought back, however, scoring single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to cut the deficit to the final score of 6-5.

Emily McDermont, in relief of Wildcat starter Paese, allowed four runs in one inning of work to take the loss (0-1).

On the afternoon, Wildcat pitchers issued 16 walks to Toro hitters, four of which came with the bases loaded.

02/06/04
Wildcats split CCAA opener with San Bernardino
SAN BERNARDINO  - The Chico State softball team hammered Cal State San Bernardino, 11-5, in the CCAA opener for both team, but couldn't manage a run in the nightcap, losing 3-0 in five innings, and had to settle for a split.

The second game was called complete after five innings due to darkness.

In the first game, the Coyotes held leads of 3-1 and 4-3, but the Wildcats scored twice in the fifth and once in the sixth to take a 7-4 lead. The Coyotes got a run back to make it 7-5, but Stokx put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the seventh. Stokx also homered in the third to drive in two runs.

Chico had ten hits in the game, including doubles by Allison Shirley, Kamala Kiffe, and Nickie Jarrett.

Freshman hurler Kristin Paese (W, 2-0) pitched the compete game for the Wildcats.

In the nightcap, San Bernardino scored single runs in the first, third, and fifth innings off Wildcat starter Stokx (L, 1-1) for the 3-0 win.

Kiffe had the only Chico State hit in the second game, a hard hit ball to third base that she beat out for the infield hit.

Chico State plays at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday.

01/31/04
Wildcats win early-season, one-day tournament
DAVIS - The Chico State softball team beat UC Davis 7-4 and followed it up with a 5-3 win over San Francisco State to win the UC Davis Invitational at La Rue Field today in Davis.

In the Wildcats against UC Davis, the Aggies scored twice in the bottom of the first, highlighted by an RBI-single from third baseman Nikki Sheldon and a run-scoring single from Malbon, and led 3-1 before Chico State erupted in the fourth.

Meghan Farnham's triple to right scored one run while Bridgette Overstreet doubled in Farnham for another as the Wildcats tied the game 3-3 and chased out Aggie starter Rachel Kelly. Outfielder Katie Stokx later singled in another run off reliever Lindsay Tognetti before catcher Jennifer Chacon tripled in the final two runs of the stanza and a 6-3 lead. Stokx had a pair for the Wildcats.

Chico State freshman hurler Kristin Paese allowed six hits and seven walks, but struck out six Aggies.

In the tournament finale, San Francisco State used a two-out double to center from Chrissy Hildenbrandt to take a 3-1 lead against Chico State in the sixth inning. However, the Wildcats used four hits and walk to open the seventh inning, scoring four runs for a 5-3 lead. Farnham opened the frame with a single and advanced to third on Overstreet’s single. After a walk to Alison Shirley to load the bases, Kamala Kiffe singled up the middle to drive in two runs. Then Stokx singled in the final two runs for the win.

The Gators couldn't tie it in their last at-bat.

The Wildcats host Central Washington in their home-opener on Monday, Feb. 2, at 1:00.