2007 Softball stories

07/30/07
Chico State softball tryout information
Anyone interested in trying out for the Chico State softball team will need to attend the first meeting of the year on August 26th at 6 p.m. in Acker 129. Tryouts will take place September 21-22 at a time yet to be determined.

Perspective student athletes must be registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse and have completed the NCAA Amateurism form as well.

If you have any questions, please e-mail head coach Jamie Brown jlbrown@csuchico.edu or call her at (530) 898-4685.

05/14/07
Wildcats sign local talent for 2007 season
Chico State softball coach Jamie Brown announced the signing of local standout Christina Wieck to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Wildcats next year.

Wieck recently completed her freshman season at Butte Junior College, where she received First Team All-Golden Valley Conference honors for her play as a pitcher and second baseman. Starting in every game for the Roadrunners, Wieck hit .390 with 31 RBI and a .730 slugging percentage. Her 28 extra base hits included eight triples and six home runs. She also stole nine bases.

"Christina is a fantastic addition to our Wildcat team. She adds power and consistency to our line-up, which is already shaping up to be very strong for next season,” said Brown. “She’s a versatile player that we can use anywhere on the field.”

Prior to her time at Butte, Wieck was a three-time All-section and All-league player at Pleasant Valley High School. She hit .447 with a .658 slugging percentage and an ERA of 1.98 her senior season. The Vikings won the section title her junior and senior seasons.

Wieck is planning to major in education and become a physical education instructor.

05/03/07
Jarrett, Lundberg named to All-CCAA softball team
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Chico State softball players Nickie Jarrett and Chelsea Lundberg each earned All-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors, the CCAA announced late Wednesday night. The two juniors helped lead an almost completely new Wildcats squad under first-year head coach Jamie Brown.

Jarrett earned Second Team honors in the outfield after hitting .269 with eight doubles and 20 RBI. Jarrett also laid down five sacrifice bunts and committed only one error on the season.

Lundberg, who led the team in batting average (.370) and runs batted in (30), and tied for the team-lead with four home runs, was named All-CCAA Honorable Mention at a loaded first-base position.

Chico State shortstop Allison Smith and catcher Jennifer Chacon were left off the team despite stellar seasons. Smith batted .350 with a team-high 14 doubles, four home runs, and 29 RBI. Chacon hit .281 with 16 RBI and a team-high 16 stolen bases.

Those four players will help form the nucleus of next season’s team, as all but one player, senior third baseman Lisa Whitney, is eligible to return from this season’s squad.
Complete 2007 CCAA Softball honors

04/28/07
Wildcats' 2007 season comes to an end
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - The Chico State softball team couldn’t hold on to the lead, dropping the opening game of its final 2007 doubleheader in extra innings to Sonoma State. The Seawolves drove in a run in the bottom of the eighth for the 5-4 win. Sonoma won the second game 6-2 to win the four-game series 3-1.

The Wildcats end the season with a record of  15-34, 8-27 in CCAA play.

In the early game, the Wildcats held a 4-2 lead after four innings thanks to a three-run homer by Allison Smith in the third, her fourth of the season. Chico picked up a run in the fourth when Jennifer Chacon scored on a wild pitch.

Sonoma (31-30, 17-19 CCAA) picked away at the lead, scoring solo runs in the sixth and seventh to tie it up.

The Wildcats advanced runners to second and third base in the seventh, and had a runner on second in the top of the eighth, but couldn’t push a run across.

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth Sonoma State’s Geary lined a single into left center to drive in Carli Feuerbach for the 5-4 win.

In the second game, Lisa Whitney led off the second inning with a double, was sacrificed to third by Nickie Jarrett, and scored on a single by Chacon to tie the score at 1-1.

Sonoma took back the lead with three runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth. Two of the five runs were unearned, as the Wildcats committed four errors in the game.

Chico put together one last run in the sixth when Chelsea Lundberg, who had three hits in the game, game in to score on ground ball to short by Jarrett. Whitney also had three hits in the game.
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04/27/07
Gendron records first solo shutout with 4-0 win over Seawolves
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - Wildcat hurler Rachel Gendron threw her first solo shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over Sonoma State in the opening game of Friday’s doubleheader. The Wildcats settled for a split, losing the late game 4-1.

Gendron (W, 7-11) got the outs when she needed them. The Seawolves left ten runners on base, eight reached scoring position, but the Wildcats managed to get the big out every time. Gendron allowed seven hits,  walked three, and recorded no strikeouts in the shutout.

Chico scored in the third inning on a RBI double by Chelsea Lundberg, one of her three hits in the game, to drive in Rebecca Johnson who reached on a base hit and stole second.

Chico added an unearned run in the sixth and added two more runs in the seventh thanks in part to three straight hits, a double by Nickie Jarrett and RBI singles by Lisa Whitney and Jennifer Chacon.

In the late game, the Wildcats tied in the game with a solo run in the second when Chacon tripled to drive in Smith, who reached on a double. But unfortunately that was the only offense the ‘Cats put together as Sonoma pitcher Simone Brandalise settled down to allow just one hit through the remaining five innings.

Chico State is now 15-32 overall and 8-25 in the CCAA. Sonoma State stands at 29-30, 15-19 in conference play.

The Wildcats wrap up the 2007 season with another doubleheader against Sonoma tomorrow.
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04/21/07
Gendron loses no-hitter in sixth, Wildcats lose 4-3
CHICO, Calif. - Chico State pitcher Rachel Gendron had a no-hitter going into the sixth and the Wildcats led 3-0. But UC San Diego broke up the no-no and scored four runs in the inning for a come-from-behind 4-3 victory Saturday at University Softball Stadium. The second game was rained out and will not be made up.

Amanda Eliades singled home two runs and Jenny Maze blasted the go-ahead two-run homer to lift the Tritons to victory. UC San Diego hurler Melissa Ward (25-10) limited Chico State to three runs on 10 hits in the complete-game victory as the Tritons improved to 32-23 overall and 23-12 in the CCAA.

Gendron faced just one batter over the minimum through six-and-a-third innings. Overall, she allowed four runs on five hits in a complete-game effort. The Wildcats fell to 14-31 overall and 7-24 in the CCAA with the loss.

Chico State took a 3-0 lead in the fifth. Megan Bera's one-out double got the rally started. Rebecca Johnson followed with an RBI-double to give the Wildcats the lead, and Johnson then moved to third on Chelsea Lundberg's single to right field. Allison Smith's sacrifice fly plated Johnson, and Lundberg came around to score on Jennifer Chacon's base hit later in the inning.

Lisa Whitney and Chacon hit consecutive singles with two out in the seventh to threaten the Tritons' lead, but Gendron flew out to left field to end the game.

Chacon finished 3-for-4, while Lundberg and Johnson banged out two hits apiece to lead the Wildcats, who were playing their last home game of the season.

The Wildcats will wrap up the 2007 campaign with doubleheaders at Sonoma State Friday and Saturday.
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04/20/07
Wildcats drop two to UC San Diego
CHICO, Calif. - The Chico State softball team lost both ends of a doubleheader today to UC San Diego by scores of 5-0 and 4-3. In the second game, the Wildcats scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 3-1 lead, but the Tritons answered back with three runs in the top of the seventh for the win.

In the sixth, Chico State broke open the 1-1 tie when Chelsea Lundberg led off with a single and pinch-runner Jenny Williams was sacrificed to second by Allison Smith. Nickie Jarrett belted a RBI double to left for the first run and pinch hitter Rachel Gendron drove in Jarrett with a hit through the left side.

The lead wouldn’t hold up, as UCSD opened the seventh with a walk followed by four straight hits, which cost the Wildcats three runs, despite some great Chico defense. With no outs, righfielder Jarrett picked up an RBI single and fired it to catcher Kathy Domanycic to gun down Amanda Eliades at the plate. Domanycic then fired it down to second base to get the batter Jenny Maze, who tried to advance on the play for the second out.

Chico State had seven hits in the game, two from Rebecca Johnson. Christine Johnson took the loss to drop to 1-4 this season.

UC San Diego had eight hits with two coming from both Brittni Carino and Maze. Nicole Fullerton recorded the win to improve to 3-2.

Chico State drops to 14-30 overall, 7-23 in CCAA play. UCSD stands at 31-23 overall, 22-12 in conference.

In the early game, The Tritons scored an unearned run in the third and four more unearned runs in the sixth to cruise to the victory. Eliades had three of UCSD’s six hits in the game off Chico pitcher Gendron (L, 6-10).

Chico’s Smith broke up UCSD pitcher Melissa Ward’s (W 24-10) bid at a no-hitter with a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh.

The Wildcats wrap up their home schedule with a doubleheader tomorrow at 11:00. Senior Lisa Whitney will be honored before the games.
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04/15/07
Wildcats split series with Monterey Bay
SEASIDE, Calif. - The Chico State softball team split a four-game series with Cal State Monterey Bay over the weekend. Both days the Wildcats won the opening contest, but lost the late game. On Friday scores were 6-5 and 0-10. On Sunday, pushed back due to rain on Saturday, scores were 6-5 and 7-8.

The Wildcats now stand at 14-28 overall, 7-21 in CCAA play. Monterey Bay is 19-37, 6-26 in conference.

In Friday’s opener, Chico took advantage of a passed ball to score two unearned runs in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead, but Monterey Bay tied the score in the bottom of the frame.

Chico erupted for four runs in the top of the seventh, which was just enough, as the Otters answered back with three runs and had a runner on second to make it 6-5 when the final out was recorded. In the inning, Rebecca Johnson drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly, Megan Bera followed that with a RBI single up the middle, her second hit of the game, and Nickie Jarrett hit a two-run single for her third RBI of the game.

Rachel Gendron recorded the win, giving up five runs on seven hits, while walking none and striking out five.

In the late game, the Wildcats were shut out 10-0 and the game called after five innings. Monterey Bay scored three in the first, one in the second and six in the fourth.

Chico State managed just two hits in the game, a single by Jarrett in the second and a double to lead off the fifth by Lisa Whitney, the only runner to reach second base in the game.

On Sunday, Chico got out to a 3-0 lead before the Otters cut into the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Wildcats increased their lead with two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to make it 6-3. Monerey battled to the end, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Allison Smith had one hit and a sacrifice fly to total three RBI in the game. Chelsea Lundberg hit her fourth homer of the season to lead off the top of the seventh. Johnson was the only Wildcat with two hits in the game.

Gendron picked up her second win of the weekend. She allowed five runs on five hits and walked four.

In the final game of the series, the game was tied at 3-3 after five innings, but the Otters got to pitcher Christine Johnson in the sixth, putting up four runs to take the lead.

Chico battled back with four runs of their own in the top of the seventh to tie the score again at 7-7, thanks to RBI hits by Smith, Jarrett, Whitney, and Brittany Heinle.

In the bottom of the seventh, the pitcher Gendron, who came on to get the last out in the bottom of the sixth, got the first two out easily on a strikeout and a grounder back to the mound. But a walk and hit put two on base and a Wildcat error in the infield resulted in an unearned run and the Monterey Bay victory.

Bera, Whitney, and Heinle each had two hits in the game.

The Wildcats wrap up their 2007 home schedule with a four-game series against UC San Diego April 20-21.
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04/07/07
Wildcats fall to 8th-ranked Warriors
CHICO - The Chico State softball team ran into a red-hot Stanislaus club today at University Field. The eighth-ranked Warriors took both ends of a doubleheader by scores of 8-4 and 13-4 over the Wildcats.

Stanislaus, which has won 15 of its last 16 games, improves to 37-9 and17-7 in conference play. Chico State drops to 12-26 overall, 5-19 in CCAA play.

In the opening game Chico State scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to erase a 2-0 Warrior lead. Rebecca Johnson belted a two-out, bases-loaded double to give the Wildcats the lead. But the lead was short-lived, as the Warriors bounced back with three runs in the top of the fifth and added three more in the seventh for the 8-4 win.

Rita Argott, Meghan Franksen, Megan Law, Jennifer Arnold, and Kimiko Wright each had two hits in the game. Arnold hit her sixth homer of the year in the second inning.

Allison Smith was the only Wildcat with two hits in the game, as Stanislaus outhit the Chico State 12-6.

In the late game, Chico tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI double by Smith, but Stanislaus put three runs on the board in the fifth and another in the sixth to take a 5-1 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Wildcats took advantage of an error and two wild pitches to score three runs and cut the lead to 5-4, but unfortunately for the ‘Cats, Stanislaus erupted for eight runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Smith again had two hits for the Wildcats and recorded the team’s only RBI in the game.

Stanislaus’ Megan Law went 4-for-5 with four RBI. Argott, Arnold, and Wright each had two hits in the second game, as well. The Warriors had 12 hits to Chico’s three.

The Wildcats travel to Cal State Monterey Bay next weekend before wrapping up their home season on April 20-21 against UC San Diego.
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04/01/07
Wildcats fall in quarterfinals of Championship Bracket
TURLOCK, Calif. - Chelsea Lundberg, Allison Smith, and Nickie Jarrett banged out two hits apiece, but the Chico State softball team dropped a 3-1 decision to 11th-ranked Hawaii-Hilo in the quarterfinals of the Mizuno Tournament of Champions Gold Bracket Sunday.

The Wildcats were one of eight teams in the 20-team tournament to advance to the championship bracket after finishing pool play 3-2. And they led early on against the Vulcans Sunday. Rebecca Johnson drew a leadoff walk to open the game and came around to score on Allison Smith's single for a 1-0 lead.

But Hawaii-Hilo scored single runs in the third, fourth, and sixth innings against Vanessa Zboril, who notched a complete game.

Chico State finished the prestigious tournament 3-3 and is now 12-24 on the season. Lundberg finished the tournament 12-for-20 with eight RBI and was named to the All-Tournament team.

Prior to Sunday's quarterfinal game, the Wildcats completed pool play Saturday with losses to Hawaii-Pacific (10-2) and Western Washington (13-12).

Chico State jumped out to a 1-0 lead against Hawaii-Pacific before the Seasiders scored four times in the second to take control. Lundberg and Smith each drove in a run, while Smith and Megan Bera each scored a run.

The loss to Western Washington was a heartbreaker. Chico State led 11-2, but saw the Vikings rally for eight runs in the final three innings to force extra frames. Then, after the Wildcats took a 12-10 lead on Smith's two-run single in the eighth, Western Washington answered with three runs in the bottom-half of the inning to win.

Smith finished 5-for-5 with a double, a triple, and five RBI to lead the Chico State offense. Nickie Jarrett was 3-for-5 with four RBI, and Lundberg went 2-for-4 with four runs and two RBI.

Chico State is back in action at home Saturday against Cal State Stanislaus at noon.
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03/30/07
Wildcats open tournament with three wins
TURLOCK, Calif. - The Chico State softball team kicked off the Mizuno Tournament of Champions with a perfect 3-0 start in the opening day of pool play on Friday. The Wildcats beat BYU Hawaii, 8-0, Grand Canyon, 3-0, and Central Washington 7-1.

In the early game against BYU Hawaii, the game was ended after five innings, due to the 8-run rule. Chico scored twice in the first on a RBI double by Chelsea Lundberg and a RBI single by Allison Smith and tacked on two more runs in the second on a Megan Bera run-scoring single and another Lundberg double. The ‘Cats erupted for four runs in the top of the fifth, due in part to three walks and a two-run single by Smith and RBI single by Nickie Jarrett.

The Wildcats produced 12 hits in the game, including Lundberg’s 3-for-3 performance, and two hits apiece by Bera, Smith, and Jarrett.

Rachel Gendron (4-6) picked up the win, giving up three hits in four innings. Christine Johnson came on to pitch a hitless fifth inning and close out the game.

In the Grand Canyon game, Vanessa Zboril pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout, striking out five in the process.

Lundberg and Smith hit back-to-back doubles in the first to produce the games first run and the ‘Cats added two more unearned runs in the third. Lundberg was credited with driving in both runs with a single.

In the Wildcats final game against Central Washington, Chico trailed 1-0 after three innings, but put up five runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth for the 7-1 win.

In the fourth the Wildcats put together four hits and took advantage of two errors for the five runs, three of which were unearned. Lundberg, Jarrett, and Rebecca Johnson each recorded an RBI and Lisa Whitney was credited with two RBI in the frame.

In the fifth another error cost CWU two runs. Lundberg led off with a double and Smith advanced her to third on a single. Two outs later, Jennifer Chacon reached on a dropped fly ball by the third baseman and both Lundberg and Smith scored.

Vanessa Zboril (6-14) picked up her second win of the day, allowing one run on three hits and striking out three. Christine Johnson came in to pitch the final two innings, allowing two hits.

The Wildcats now stand at 12-21 overall and continue with pool play on Saturday, facing Hawaii Hilo and Western Washington, before bracket play begins on Sunday.
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03/25/07
Wildcats shut out in series with Humboldt
CHICO, Calif. - The Humboldt State softball team proved why its ranked No. 3 in the nation, using both outstanding pitching and clutch hitting in a doubleheader sweep over Chico State today at University Field, 5-0 and 11-0.

The Wildcats (9-21, 5-17 CCAA) managed just five hits in the two games, as Humboldt hurler Lizzy Prescott (15-1) gave up three in the first game and Tracy Motzny (13-2) allowed just two hits in the second game.

In the opener, all five Humboldt runs came with two outs on the scoreboard. They tallied a solo run in the fourth, three in the fifth, and a final run in the seventh. Carolyn Cameron and Marissa Slattery each had three of the ‘Jacks 13 hits. Caitlin Klug, Francesca West and Chrissy Motzny each had a pair.

Chelsea Lundberg had two hits for the Wildcats and Nickie Jarrett was responsible for the third.

Rachel Gendron (3-6) pitched well through four innings, but allowed four hits and a walk in the fifth before Christine Johnson came in to record the final out. Johnson finished out the game, allowing one run on three hits.

In the late game, the Lumberjacks (27-3, 14-1) roughed up three Chico State pitchers for 12 runs on 10 hits, causing the game to be called after five-complete innings. Vanessa Zboril (4-14) took the loss, giving up five runs on four hits in two innings of work.

Cameron had three hits for Humboldt to go 6-for-8 in the doubleheader, and West recorded two hits to finish 4-for-7 on the day.

Rebecca Johnson and Lundberg had the only two hits for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats travel to the Mizuno Tournament of Champions in Turlock, March 30-April 1.
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03/24/07
Wildcats pitch tough, but can't hold off CCAA leader
CHICO, Calif. - The Chico State softball team lost two close games to the CCAA-leading Humboldt State Lumberjacks today at University Field, 2-0 and 4-1.

In the opener, Chico State’s Rachel Gendron and Humboldt’s Lizzy Prescott were locked in a classic scoreless pitcher’s duel through five innings. Neither team made much offensive noise, with the Wildcats leaving just four runners on base during the opening five frames, and Humboldt leaving five.

Humboldt State (26-3, 13-1 CCAA) entered the series with a team ERA of 0.96 and averaging just over five runs a game, outscoring its opponents 138-35.

The Lumberjacks finally broke through in the sixth, taking advantage of a leadoff walk and then an error to put two runners on with no outs. Francesca West sacrificed the runners to second and third and Marissa Slattery delivered a single to score one and one out later Vanessa Shernock drove in the second run, which was unearned.

Chico’s (9-19, 5-15 CCAA) only hit in the game came on a hard-hit ball to shortstop in the fifth inning, which Brittany Heinle beat out to put runners at first and third with two outs, but a caught foul ball off the next batter ended the threat.

Prescott picked up the win to improve to 14-1, facing four batters over the minimum. She struck out six and walked one.

Gendron, who faced nine batters over the minimum, took the loss to drop to 3-5. She gave up seven hits, just one for extra bases, and walked three.  The Wildcat defense committed the one error and recorded a double play.

In the late game, Humboldt took advantage of some shaky Wildcat defense to score unearned runs in the second and fifth innings. In the second an error allowed Carolyn Cameron to reach first, who then stole second. A hit by Caitlin Klug would have just advanced the runner to third, but an error on the play by Chico’s leftfielder allowed the run to score.

In the fifth, a dropped fly ball on a long hit to the fence, allowed Megan Sutherland to score from first base for the 2-0 lead.

The Wildcats put together a rally in the sixth inning. With one out, Allison Smith singled through the left side and Nickie Jarrett followed it with a double to left. With two outs Jenny Chacon recorded an infield single to plate Smith and cut the lead to one run. Humboldt reliever Lizzy Prescott came on and hit the first batter she faced, Kathy Domanycic, to load the bases, but a foul ball to the third baseman ended the inning.

The Lumberjacks added two more runs in the seventh on a two-run single by Slattery for the 4-1 victory.

Tracy Motzny (12-2) pitched 5-2/3 inning for the win and Prescott recorded her first save of the season, recording the final four outs.

Vanessa Zboril (4-13) took the loss, giving up seven hits and striking out two and walking three.

The teams will complete the four game series with another doubleheader on Sunday, beginning at 11:00.
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03/17/07
Wildcats hurt by big innings in doubleheader loss
CHICO, Calif. - Big innings late in the game by Cal State San Bernardino cost the Chico State softball team in both contests of a CCAA doubleheader today at University Field. The Coyotes won both, 4-3 and 6-1, to win all four games of the series.

In the opening game San Bernardino put up three runs in the sixth to take a 3-1 and in the second game the Coyotes scored two in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie and added three more runs in the seventh to pad the lead.

The Wildcats (9-17, 5-13 CCAA) held a 1-0 lead in game one, scoring in the opening frame, stringing together three hits by Megan Bera, Chelsea Lundberg, and a RBI single by Jennifer Chacon.

Chico Pitcher Rachel Gendron (L, 3-4)  made the lead hold up until the sixth inning when the Coyotes opened the inning with a double and a single by Krista Hernandez and Jordan Dahl. Leslie Carrasco drove in a run on a sacrifice fly and Megan Spano later drove in a Dahl from second with a single. Christine Johnson came on to pitch and allowed the third run to score on a wild pitch before recording the final two outs.  

The Coyotes (18-12, 10-8 CCAA) added on an insurance run in the top of the seventh and Chico State scored an unearned run in the bottom of the inning for the final score of 4-3.

Jordan Dahl (6-4) recorded the win, allowing one run on three hits through five innings and Tawni Baker recorded her first save of the season, giving up two runs, one earned, in the final two innings.

In the late game, Chico tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Lundberg reached on an error, advanced on one of Lisa Whitney’s two hits in the game, a single up the middle, and scored on Nickie Jarrett’s single to left center.

But the lead would not hold up as San Bernardino put together three hits, including a RBI-triple by Hernandez and a run-scoring single by Dahl to pull ahead 3-1. The Coyotes did more damage in the seventh, with three runs on three hits and two walks.

Tawni Baker (8-7) was the winning pitcher, going the distance and allowing one run on five hits, while striking out six. Vanessa Zboril (4-12) took the loss, giving up six runs on 10 hits in the game. She struck out three and walked three.
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03/16/07
Wildcats drop doubleheader to San Bernardino
CHICO, Calif. - The Chico State softball team left eight runners on base in the second game today, but couldn’t push a run across, as Cal State San Bernardino took both ends of a doubleheader, 8-2 and 2-0, at University Field.

In the late game, the Wildcats had opportunities, including runners at second and third with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but a strikeout and a fly ball to left field ended the threat. In the seventh, Chico had runners on first and second, thanks to a pinch hit double by Nicole Garcia and a walk to Rebecca Johnson, but again the ‘Cats were unable to take advantage of the situation.

The Wildcats (9-15, 5-11 CCAA) matched the Coyotes hit total in the game, as both teams recorded just four hits, but San Bernardino took early advantage, scoring twice in the opening inning. Michelle Calderon led off the game with a walk and Jamie Lowe followed it up with a double. A ground out to third and a sacrifice fly to left brought in the games only two runs.

Tawni Baker went the distance for the Coyotes (16-12, 8-8 CCAA), striking out eight and walking three. Rachel Gendron pitched the complete game for the Wildcats with one strike out and three walks.

In the early game, Chico State put the first runs on the scoreboard in the second inning thanks to a RBI single by Megan Bera and a bases-loaded walk.

The Coyotes answered back with three runs in the third, highlighted by a two-run single by Crystal Fraijo and a RBI double by Krista Hernandez. An unearned run in the fourth and a solo run in the fifth gave San Bernardino a 5-2 lead. The Coyotes sealed the 8-2 victory with three more runs in the sixth.

Jordan Dahl picked up the win, allowing two runs on six hits in 6-1/3 innings. She walked seven and struck out one. Ashley Collingwood came on to record the final two outs of the game.

Vanessa Zboril took the loss for the ‘Cats, allowing seven runs, six of them earned, on 10 hits. She struck out six and walked four in 5-2/3 innings.

The two teams meet tomorrow to wrap up the four-game series with a noon start at University Field.
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03/13/07
Jennifer Chacon named CCAA Softball Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State catcher Jennifer Chacon has been named Worth California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Player of the Week for the week of March 5-12.

Chacon, a junior from Ontario, went 7-for-13 (.538) with a double, two home runs, four RBI, and three stolen bases in three attempts. She also scored four times in the Wildcats’ three wins over Cal State Dominguez Hills on the road last weekend. She recorded a 1.077 slugging percentage and also threw out the only two runners who attempted to steal in the four-game series.

In Friday’s opener, a 6-2 win for Chico State, Chacon went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. In the nightcap, she had two hits, a stolen a base and a sacrifice fly in the 9-3 win. On Saturday, she went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs in Chico’s 9-4 game one win before going 0-for-2 in the game two Wildcat loss.

03/10/07
Wildcats split double dip with Toros, but win series
Jenny Chacon homers twice in first-game victory
CARSON, Calif. - The Chico State softball team won the opening game of a doubleheader with Cal State Dominguez Hills 9-4 to take three straight from the Toros. The Wildcats lost the final game 9-1, but won the CCAA four-game series.

In the opener, the Wildcats (9-13, 5-9 CCAA) scored  first in the top of the second inning as catcher Jenny Chacon blasted a 2-2 offering over the center field fence for her first home run of the year, and a quick 2-0 lead.

CSUDH (12-11, 4-6 CCAA) mounted a rally in the fourth on back-to-back walks to open the frame and Nakawatase tied the game with a double. Jennifer Frazier singled home Nakawatase for CSUDH's first lead of the game.

The Toros had a chance to break the game open in the fifth, loading the bases with none out, but Chico reliever Christina Johnson induced two groundouts to the pitcher and a line out to second base to keep the game close at 3-2.

The Wildcats took advantage one inning later as Toro hurler Jennifer Martinez (L, 11-11) ran into control trouble, issuing two walks to load the bases.  After reliever Medina entered and uncorked a wild pitch to tie the game, Megan Bera and Chelsea Lundberg drove in four runs with a single and double to give the Wildcats a 7-3 lead, after which Chacon added her second homer of the game one inning later in the eventual 9-4 win.

Allison Smith had three hits and three runs scored in the game, while Bera and Chacon recorded two hits apiece.

In the late game, Chico scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning on a RBI double by Rachel Gendron, but the Toros jumped on Wildcat starter Vanessa Zboril (4-10) for four straight hits before being relieved by Johnson, who gave up two more hits and CSUDH had a 4-1 lead after the first complete inning.

The Toros added two more runs in the third and another three in the fifth, causing the 8-run rule to take affect and the contest was ended. Michelle Medina (1-0) recorded the win, scattering seven hits and allowing one unearned run.

Bera, Gendron, and Brittany Heinle each had two hits in the game.
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03/09/07
Wildcats sweep doubleheader from Toros
CARSON, Calif. - The Chico State softball team scored six runs on nine hits in the opening game of a doubleheader against Cal State Dominguez Hills and followed that up with nine runs on 16 hits in the late game to sweep the twin bill 6-2, 9-3 this afternoon in Carson.

With the victories, Chico State improves to 8-12 overall, 4-8 in CCAA play. Dominguez Hills falls to 11-10, 3-5 CCAA

In the opener, the Toros held a 2-0 lead after four innings, but the Wildcats capitalized on consecutive CSUDH errors in the fifth to tie the contest at 2-2, and scored three more times one inning later to take the lead for good in the sixth.  In that frame, Lisa Whitney blasted a two-run home run to give Chico a 4-2 edge and the Wildcats tacked on an additional run. The 'Cats added a final run one inning later for the 6-2 win.

In the late game, trailing 2-0, the Wildcats exploded for six runs in the top of the third inning, sending 11 batters to the plate and recording five hits.  Two Toro errors contributed to the big inning, as a Nickie Jarrett two-RBI double proved the big blow.

The Wildcats continued their offense with three runs in the seventh inning as a Allison Smith home run and two RBI singles accounted for the scores.

Jenny Chacon had a big day for the Wildcats, going 5-for-7 with two runs scored and a RBI. Rebecca Johnson went 5-for-9 at the plate with three runs scored, while Lisa Whitney drove in four runs in the sweep

Vanessa Zboril, two runs on six hits, and Rachel Gendron, three runs on four hits, each hurled complete-game wins for the Wildcats.

The two teams hook up for a doubleheader tomorrow with the first pitch scheduled for noon on Toro Diamond.
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03/03/07
Hot hitting San Francisco takes two from Wildcats
CHICO, Calif. – The Chico State softball team ran into a red-hot San Francisco State offense Saturday and the result was a doubleheader sweep for the visiting Gators. San Francisco State pounded out 29 hits, including 10 doubles, to win 10-6 and 5-1.

Chico State’s offense wasn’t shabby either, banging out nine hits in the opener and six more in the second game, but the Wildcats stranded nine runners in each game and fell to 6-12 overall and 2-8 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Nickie Jarrett was 3-for-3 with a two-run single in the first game and Chelsea Lundberg was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the nightcap.

San Francisco State improved to 10-14 overall and 6-6 in the CCAA. The Gators were led by Elissa Reizman’s three hits and four RBI in the opener, while Kristin Bartholomay pounded out three doubles. Jordanna Freemer was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the second game.

The teams combined for 27 hits in a wild opening game. San Francisco State led 4-0 in the third when Chico State erupted for five runs with two out in the third. Lundberg’s infield single drove in the first run of the frame. Jarrett followed with a two-run single and Allison Smith smacked a two-run double to put the Wildcats ahead 5-4.

The ’Cats added to the lead in the fourth when Brittany Heinle led off with a single and came around to score on Megan Bera’s double.

But San Francisco State retook the lead with four runs in the fifth, sparked by Monica Amburgey’s two-run double. The Gators added two more insurance runs in the sixth.

Chico State also led in the second game thanks to Lundberg’s RBI-single in the first that plated Bera. But the Gators tied it with a run in third on Freemer’s RBI-double. They added a run in the fifth to take the lead, and then plated three insurance runs in the final two frames to salt the game away.

Vanessa Traun earned both wins in relief for San Francisco State. She allowed just one run in seven innings of work on the day to improve to 6-6 on the season.

Vanessa Zboril absorbed both losses for Chico State and fell to 3-9 on the season.
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03/02/07
Wildcats fight back for split with San Francisco
CHICO, Calif. - The Chico State softball team battled back to win game two, 7-2, of a CCAA doubleheader with San Francisco State after losing the opener, 2-1, in extra innings this afternoon at University Field.

The Wildcats (6-10, 2-6 CCAA) put up four runs in the third inning on four hits, including a RBI-single by Rebecca Johnson, a two-run single by Chelsea Lundberg, and a sacrifice fly by Rachel Gendron. 

They didn’t stop there, adding three more runs in the fifth, thanks to three straight hits to lead off the inning: back-to-back doubles by Lundberg and Gendron, and a RBI-single by Jenny Chacon. Two outs later Megan Bera, who had three hits in the game, drove in Chacon with a double to left.

San Francisco (8-14, 4-6 CCAA) scored a run in the fourth and an unearned run in the sixth.

Gendron (2-2) tallied the win, allowing two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Sonya Ballas pitched the final 1 2/3, giving up one hit. Kaitlin Klein was the losing pitcher for the Gators.

In the early game, San Francisco broke the scoreless bout with a run in the top of the seventh, but Chico State quickly answered back with a run in the bottom of the frame on a pinch hit by Nicki Jarrett to score Johnson, who reached on a hit to short and stole second. Johnson had two of the Wildcats seven hits in the game.

In extra innings, the Gators Jordanna Freemer led off the top of the eighth with a double to left field and came in to score of Elissa Reizman’s base hit to center.

In the bottom of the inning, Chico State loaded the bases on a hit and two walks, but a pop up to short ended the threat.

Vanessa Zboril (3-7) took the loss, going the distance for the Wildcats. She gave up two runs on ten hits and struck out two. Kristin Beristianos earned the win, giving up one run on seven hits and striking out five in the eight innings.

The same two team face off tomorrow for a final doubleheader beginning at noon.
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02/24/07
Wildcats drop CCAA double dip to Stanislaus
TURLOCK, Calif. – The Chico State softball team dropped a pair of games at 14th-ranked Cal State Stanislaus Saturday. The Wildcats had six hits and drew five walks but could not push any runs across in a 6-0 loss in the opener.  In game two, the Wildcats managed just one hit en route to a 7-2 loss.

Chico State dipped to 5-9 overall and 1-5 in the CCAA. Cal State Stanislaus is now 14-2 overall and 5-1 in the CCAA.

The Wildcats had a chance to do some damage early in the opening game, but stranded two runs in the first, another in the second, and failed to get any runs home after loading the bases with one out in the fourth. Chelsea Lundberg doubled twice to lead the Chico State offense.

Vanessa Zboril (3-5) took the loss for Chico State. She allowed seven hits, walked six batters, and struck out three in six innings of work. Jessica Gaumnitz (8-0) fired a complete-game, six-hitter and struck out 10 for the Warriors.

In the second game, Gendron notched Chico State’s lone hit which keyed a two-run seventh. Allison Smith drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on Gendron’s one-out single through the left side that broke up the no-hitter. Smith eventually scored on a wild pitch, and pinch runner Jennifer Williams scored on Kathy Domanycic’s grounder.

Rachel Gendron took the loss for Chico State. She allowed 12 hits in six innings of work. Omaira Estremera (3-2) surrendered just one hit and struck out six in a route-going effort for Cal State Stanislaus.

Chico State will be back in action at home next weekend when it hosts San Francsico State in a doubleheader Friday at 1 p.m. and another Saturday at noon.
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02/19/07
Wildcats split home opener with Azusa Pacific
CHICO, Calif. - Junior first baseman Chelsea Lundberg delivered a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Chico State softball team a 8-7 win over Azusa Pacific in the Wildcats' home opener on Monday afternoon. The Wildcats settled for a split, however, losing game two 7-1.

In the opening game, the Wildcats (5-7) scored solo runs in the third and fourth inning and erupted for four runs in the fifth thanks to an RBI single by left fielder Megan Bera and a two-run double off the bat of Lundberg.

Azusa Pacific (1-3) held a 7-6 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring three runs in the third and another four in the fifth.

In the sixth, Rebecca Johnson led off with a single and Brittany Heinle walked, but a ground ball to the pitcher and a strikeout left the Wildcats with runners on second and third and Lundberg at the plate. Lundberg, who was 2-for-4 with four RBI in the game, dropped the ball in front of Azusa’s deep-playing right fielder to plate the two runs and give the 'Cats the tying and go-ahead runs.

Freshman hurler Sonya Ballas (1-1) picked up her first win of the season, giving up no hits and striking out one in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Bre Anderson took the loss, giving up two runs on three hits in two innings of work.

In the late game, it was a classic pitcher’s contest, until Azusa Pacific rallied for seven hits, including five doubles, in the top of the sixth inning to score six runs. Tierney Burk, Bre Anderson, Erin Halma, and Courtney Cleaves each had a double for the Cougars in the inning.

Chico managed its only run of the game in the seventh when Bera drove in Lisa Whitney who had reached on an error. Bera had two of the Wildcats four hits in the game.

Rachel Gendron (1-1) was credited with the loss, allowing four runs, three earned in six 1/3 innings. Erin Halma went the distance for Azusa, allowing one run on four hits.

The Wildcats head to Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday for a CCAA doubleheader, beginning at noon.
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02/10/07
Wildcats finish 1-3 against Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD - The Chico State softball team won one game and lost three in its CCAA opening series against Cal State Bakersfield. On Friday, the Wildcats split, dropping the first game 6-0 and winning the late game 7-4. On Saturday, Bakersfield won two close ones 3-1 and 6-5.

In game one, Roadrunner hurler Kristyn Daniels shutout the Wildcats, allowing just two hits, while striking out eight.

The Wildcats only threat came in the second inning when Allison Smith led off the inning with a single to left and advanced to third on a single by Chelsea Lundberg.

Vanessa Zboril took the loss for the Wildcats, giving up six runs on eight hits.

In the second game of Friday’s doubleheader, the Wildcats came from behind to tie the game 2-2 in the sixth before Lundberg capped off a five-run seventh inning with a three run homer to right center.

Rachel Gendron picked up the win, allowing four runs, three earned, on 12 hits.

On Saturday, the Roadrunners scored in the second and added two more in the fifth for a 3-0 lead. The Wildcats rallied for a solo run in the sixth. Pinch hitter Gendron hit one through the left side, followed by pinch hitter Nickie Jarrett’s double to center field.

In the final match up on Saturday, Megan Bera hit a home run to left field to tie the game at 1-1 in the third inning, but the Roadrunners put two more on the board in the fourth to take back the lead.

The Wildcats didn’t back down, rallying for four unearned runs in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead, but it wouldn’t hold up, as Bakersfield tied it up in the bottom of the frame and eventually pushed another run across in the bottom of the seventh for the win.

Zboril (L, 3-4) was credited with the loss after pitching the final 2 1/3 innings and giving up the one run in the seventh.

The Wildcats open at home Monday, Feb. 19 in a non-conference doubleheader against Azusa Pacific.
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02/04/07
Wildcats finish tournament with 3-3 record
Lisa Whitney named to All-Tournament team
TURLOCK, Calif. –  The Chico State softball team won its two final games at the Best of the West Tournament to finish the three-day event with a 3-3 record. The Wildcats beat UC San Diego 8-1, followed by a 3-2 win over Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Against San Diego, the Wildcats scored first in the second inning on a RBI single by designated hitter Rachel Gendron, but the Tritons answered back to tie the game in the bottom of the frame.

Chico took back the lead with a solo run in the third, but broke open the game with six runs in the fourth. Highlights of the inning included, Gedron’s two-run single up the middle, Christine Johnson and Kathy Domanycic both earning bases-loaded walks, and Allison Smith notcching a RBI-single to right field.

Pitcher Vanessa Zboril picked up the win, giving up one run on three hits in four innings of work. Sonya Ballas came on for the final three innings, giving up just two hits.

In the final game of the tournament, Chico State scored a run in the second and two in the third and made them stand up for the 3-2 win over Dominguez Hills.

Lisa Whitney, who received All-Tournament honors, led off the second with a solo home run. Allison Smith drove in a run in the third and Whitney was credited with the final RBI of the game.

Dominguez Hills rallied for two runs in the fourth, thanks to back-to-back doubles, but it was all they could muster off Zboril (W, 3-2), who went the distance giving up four hits, four strikeouts, and four walks in the seven-inning effort.

The Wildcats kick off CCAA play this weekend with a four-game series at Cal State Bakersfield.
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02/03/07
Wildcats drop two on second day of Best of the West
TURLOCK, Calif. - The Chico State softball team faced two preseason top-25 teams in the second day of the Best of the West Tournament and came away with two losses. The Wildcats fell to No. 25 San Francisco 5-4 and tournament host No. 14 Cal State Stanislaus 11-1.

In the San Francisco loss, the Wildcats scored in the opening frame on a RBI-single by catcher Jenny Chacon, the only Wildcat to have two hits in the game, but the Gators answered back with three runs in the bottom of the inning and the Wildcats had to play catch-up from there.

Trailing 4-3 going into the top of the seventh, Chico State took advantage of a hit batter and a sacrifice fly off the bat of second baseman Rebecca Johnson to knot the score at 4-4. But the lead was short lived, as the Gators pushed a run across in the bottom of the seventh for the 5-4 final.

Vanessa Zboril pitched the complete game for the Wildcats, giving up five runs, three earned, on five hits in 6 1/3 innings work. She recorded two strikeouts and walked two batters.

In the Stanislaus game, the Warriors scored four runs in the first and five in the second and crusied to the win behind the pitching of  Nikki DeLeon.

The Wildcats only run came in the fourth on an RBI-single by Lisa Whitney to drive in Jenny Chacon. Whitney had two of the Wildcats three hits in the game.
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02/02/07
Wildcats use long ball to give Brown first victory
TURLOCK, Calif. –  Chelsea Lundberg, Allison Smith, and Jenny Williams all homered in a 10-9 eight-inning victory over Cal State Monterey Bay that gave new Chico State head softball coach Jamie Brown her first victory Friday at the Diamond Sports/Togo’s Best of the West Tournament.

The Wildcats lost to Notre Dame de Namur 5-4 earlier in the day despite Allison Smith’s three hits and two RBI. Against Monterey Bay, Lundberg with 2-for-4 with three RBI. Jennifer Chacon, Lisa Whitney, and Megan Bera chipped in two hits apiece.

Chico State is back in action Saturday with games against 25th-ranked San Francisco State and 14th-ranked Cal State Stanislaus.

01/31/07
Softball team to kick off Brown's tenure at Best of the West
The 2007 Chico State softball season starts this weekend when the Wildcats travel to Turlock to take part in the Best of the West Tournament hosted by Cal State Stanislaus Friday through Sunday.

Under the direction of first-year head coach Jamie Brown, the Wildcats will take on Notre Dame de Namur Friday at 1:15 and then Cal State Monterey Bay at 3:30. They’ll also face 25th-ranked San Francisco State, 14th-ranked Cal State Stanislaus, UC San Diego, and Cal State Dominguez Hills.

The Wildcats open the home half of their campaign against Azusa Pacific Monday, Feb. 19, and 1 p.m.
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01/29/07
Wildcats hold February Softball Clinic
The Chico State softball team is holding a February Softball Clinic on Saturday, February 17 at University Softball Field. In the case of rain, the clinic will move to Shurmer Gym. The clinic will run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and will be split into two sessions.  The first session will be defense and pitching, with the second session consisting of offensive station work. For more information and to register download the form below.

01/02/07
Four future Wildcats sign NLIs
Chico State softball coach Jamie Brown recently announced the signings of four players to National Letters of Intent. Kristyn Haycock from Placerville, Lauren Walker from Folsom, Krystal Shaw from Redding, and Brittney Baker from Chico all signed during the early signing period and will join the Wildcats next fall.

“The Chico State softball family is excited about signing these four talented student-athletes,” said Brown.  “Not only do they have strong athletic ability but also strong character. They are significant players that will help us become a national contender."

Haycock, a four-year varsity player at Union Mine High School, hit .454 for the Roseville Heat 18U Gold last summer. The 5-foot-11 outfielder is solid defensively as well, posting just one error last year.

Walker, a four-year varsity player at Folsom High School, pitches and plays first base. She boasts a 0.73 ERA and .667 winning percentage. At the plate she’s recorded a .375 batting average during her career.

Shaw is a pitcher at Foothill High School, where her team won the Eastern Athletic League Championship last year.  She posted a 1.75 ERA and received EAL honorable mention honors. Last summer she played for the North Valley Rapids.

Baker, a softball and volleyball player at Pleasant Valley High School, helped lead the Vikings to back-to-back NSCIF Softball Championships. As a three-year starter for the varsity team, Baker plays both second base and catcher and holds a .302 batting average and a .430 slugging percentage.

10/23/06
2006 Winter Softball Clinics
The Chico State softball program will be conducting its 2006 Winter Softball Clinics on Saturday, November 4 (November 5 rain date) and November 11 (November 12 rain date) at the University Softball Field.  Each clinic will run from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., The cost of one clinic is $30 or $50 for both clinics.

07/24/06
Wildcats hire Jamie Brown as softball coach
CHICO, Calif. - Chico State Director of Athletics Anita Barker announced today that Jamie Brown has been hired as the Wildcats’ head softball coach.

Brown comes to Chico State from Division II East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, where she has been the head coach for the last four seasons. She led the 2006 ESU team to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1982 and recorded the first regional win in the university’s history.

“We’re excited Jamie accepted the position. We had an impressive list of coaches that applied,” said Mitch Cox, assistant athletic director and chair of the hiring committee. “We felt Jamie provided the best combination of a positive personality and a winning attitude. We think she’s going to be a great fit for our program and for the Chico community.”

Brown improved her record each year at ESU and most recently posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time at ESU in a decade. The team’s 27 wins last season set a school record, along with team records for most hits, runs, home runs, and batting average in a season.

“Taking this job is a great opportunity for me,” said Coach Brown.  “I view Chico State as a place where we have the opportunity to win a national championship and compete on the national stage every year. California has tremendous talent and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Brown began her coaching career in the summer of 1999 as an assistant coach with the Adirondack Ice, a Women’s Major ASA team in New York. The following fall, she took on both assistant softball and women’s basketball duties at Westminster College in Pennsylvania for one year. In  2000 she moved to the Division I ranks as an assistant at Wagner College in New York, where, in addition to coaching the offense, she was given responsibility for recruiting, compliance, fundraising, and budgeting. Brown accepted her first head-coaching job at Skidmore College in New York in 2001, where she coached for just one season before taking the position at ESU.

Brown has several years experience working and running camps and clinics. For the last four summers she has been on staff at the prestigious UCLA Softball Summer Camp.  This year Brown begins her selected position as one of eight NCAA Softball Rules Committee members, which governs all three levels of NCAA softball.

A four-year staring outfielder at Buffalo State College, Brown received her bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1999 and completed her master’s in general education at University at Albany in 2002.