Wildcat baseball roars in two-game series against Simpson University – The Orion

Alejandro Mejia Mejia

In the first game of the doubleheader on February 16, at Nettleton Stadium against Simpson University. Junior Jacob Jablonski slides headfirst to give the Wildcats a 6-5 lead in the fifth inning.

In the first of Wednesday’s two games, the second Micah Kele of the Red Hawks smashed a ball into left field to celebrate on the Wildcats home field. Second year Grady Morgan responded by hitting his own home run and gave Chico State momentum to win 14-5.

the Chico State Baseball Team (7-2) faced Simpson University Red Hawks (5-11) and swept the Red Hawks, going for 26 runs in just 16 innings.

In Game 1 of the day, the Wildcats had another impressive offensive performance, posting 14 runs on just nine total hits.

The two seniors Jack Murphy and Morgan highlighted the hit column: combining for a total of five hits and with a two-run homer by Morgan in the bottom of the sixth inning.

In the left-handed batting box, sophomore Grady Morgan swings his bat.
In the left-handed batting box, sophomore Grady Morgan swings his bat. In the 14-5 win, Morgan went two-for-three at the plate and hit a home run to left center field.

“I wanted to be aggressive on the first pitch and got something I was able to drive,” Morgan said. “We were able to get a good start in the heat and we kept our foot on the gas for the rest of the game.”

After giving the Wildcats a 10-5 lead, Morgan hit a seventh-inning brace that added two more RBIs to his Game 1 total.

Second year Cody Gentry had another impressive performance on the mound, earning another victory for the team this season. He pitched six full innings, allowed just seven hits and held the Red Hawks to five runs.

On the mound, sophomore Cody Gentry is in pitching motion ready to throw a pitch to the Red Hawks batter.  Gentry pitched six innings and allowed five runs.
On the mound, sophomore Cody Gentry is in pitching motion ready to throw a pitch to the Red Hawks batter. Gentry pitched six innings and allowed five runs.

“Cody was able to do his thing on the mound and hammer the area,” Murphy said. “The winds knocked the ball out of the park and we fell behind, but we came back and got a great win.”

Gentry allowed no runs in the first three innings, but in the fourth and fifth innings, all five runs were scored. Gentry was able to rebound and ended his day on the mound with a scoreless sixth.

With the 14-5 win in Game 1, the Wildcats continued with another offensive slugfest, capping the two-game series with a 12-2 win.

The head coach David Taylor went to the bullpen five times in the seven-inning game, with the bullpen allowing only four total hits for the Red Hawks, and the first junior Josh Verdon earn their first victory of the season.

“We’ve got a ton of talent and depth from top to bottom in our pitching squad…that’s something we’re showing today,” Verdon said. “I think going forward in conference games, our pitching team will help us win a lot of games.”

The offense clicked in Game 2. Even with a completely different defensive composition, the Wildcats had a total of five players with multi-hit games.

“We have a really strong group of guys supporting each other,” Morgan said. “Everyone knows their piece of the puzzle and that’s a big advantage.”

The two second-year students Jordan Mello and junior André Renteria had three hit-projections and had one RBI each. Modified Wildcat lineup handed second year Ethan Buttars his second loss of the season, as Red Hawks batters scored five runs in the two innings Buttars had on the mound.

“It was definitely huge for the team [beating the Red Hawks] especially when we’re approaching a bye week before the conference game,” Murphy said. “We needed to come into the conference with momentum and that’s exactly what we accomplished.”

With the two-game sweep against the Red Hawks, the Wildcats are now eyeing their first California Collegiate Athletic Association conference series against the Sonoma State Sea Bass. The series begins on February 25, with two games on February 26, and ends with one game on February 27. The four-game series will take place at Nettleton Stadium, with Friday’s game starting at 2 p.m.

For more information visit the Chico State Wildcat website.

Alejandro Mejia Mejia can be reached at [email protected] or @MeijaMeijaAlex on Twitter.