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Saturday, April 15, 2006
Chico State sweeps Sunbirds 5-4, 4-3

Game 1: Wildcats 5, FPU 4 (Box score)

Game 2: Wildcats 4, FPU 3 (Box score)

Meggs bests former player as 'Cats sweep Fresno Pacific

By Teresa Clements

Chico Fresno Pacific Head Coach Oscar Hirschkorn learned a lot from Chico State Head Coach Linday Meggs as a pitcher for the Wildcats in 1996 and 1997. Saturday, he learned a bit from Meggs as a coach. Meggs' Wildcats pulled out victories of 5-4 and 4-3 as the Wildcats swept a doubleheader from the Sunbirds at Nettleton Stadium. The games marked the first against a former player for Meggs.

Chico State, now 29-14, improved to 17-6 at Nettleton Stadium this season. Fresno Pacific fell to 14-20. The Wildcats will kick off a crucial California Collegiate Athletic Association series against Sonoma State with their final two home games of the regular season Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. before playing their final 10 games of the regular season on the road.

In the opener, pinch hitter Casey Smyth singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth and pinch runner Chad Williams eventually scored on consecutive errors by Fresno Pacific second baseman Adam Alva. Alva bobbled Shane Cauley's grounder to give Chico State runners on first and second with one out. Burke then smashed a hard ground ball that skidded under the glove of Alva and allowed Williams to come around to score the game-winning run.

Elliott Tyson (3-0) earned the win in relief, allowing two hits and walking two in two-and-two-thirds scoreless innings. Michael Mendrin (3-5), on the mound for the ninth, took the loss for Fresno Pacific. Trevor Weedon and Jerin Harper notched two hits apiece to lead Chico State. Justin Crisp was 3-for-5, Elliot Salcedo was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI, and Kyle Newton hit a two-run homer to pace Fresno Pacific.

Reid Horton, currently one of Chico State's hottest pitchers, earned the victory for Chico State, allowing just one earned run on six hits in five innings to improve to 2-1. In his last three outings, spanning 13-plus innings, Horton is 1-1 with a 2.03 ERA, 11 strikeouts, and just one walk. Ryan Harbaugh pitched a perfect eighth, and Marcus Martinez pitched the seventh for his 11th save.

Chico State trailed 1-0 through two innings, but Aaron Demuth blasted a three-run doubled to the wall in right center in the third to give the Wildcats a 4-1 lead. Jesus Luna's RBI grounder had tied the game 1-1 moments earlier.

Fresno Pacific tried to rally in the seventh against Martinez, but after Andy Locke walked to lead off the seventh, he was thrown out by Christopher Sweeney trying to go from first to third on Alva's sacrifice bunt to kill the rally.

Demuth finished 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles to lead Chico State's offense. For Fresno Pacific, Mike Pierce went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Salcedo also drove in a run.

Updated Records
Fresno Pacific: 14-20
Chico State: 29-14 (NCAA Div. II #13)

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Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Each year more than 2,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the 42-acre main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in Visalia and Bakersfield. The university also reaches 12,000 students across the nation and around the world through professional development studies programs. The only four-year Christian university in the Central Valley, FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top quarter among Western universities master's category by U.S. News & World Report.

2006 Season at a glance...
Opponent
Score
Record
PATTEN
PATTEN
PATTEN
@ San Francisco State
SAN FRANCISCO ST
SAN FRANCISCO ST
CONCORDIA *
CONCORDIA *
@ Azusa Pacific * L 5-8
@ Azusa Pacific * L 8-14
@ California Baptist *
@ California Baptist *
CSU MONT. BAY L 2-6
@ Pt Loma Nazarene
@ Pt Loma Nazarene
@ The Master's *
@ The Master's *
7-7
@ Vanguard *
@ CSU Monterey Bay
BIOLA *
BIOLA *
BETHANY
BETHANY
@ Westmont * L 3-8
@ Westmont *
@ San Jose State
APU * (R) W 8-6
APU * (R) W 7-6
@ Concordia * L 6-9
@ Concordia * W 5-3
@ Menlo Rain Out
@ Menlo Rain Out
@ Menlo Rain Out
CAL BAPTIST * (C) L 3-9
CAL BAPTIST * (C) L 0-4
@ Vanguard * L 2-3
@ Vanguard * W 12-3
PT LOMA NAZ * (C)
PT LOMA NAZ * (C)
@ The Master's *
THE MASTER'S *
THE MASTER'S *
@ CSU Chico
@ CSU Chico
@ CSU Los Angeles
@ CSU Los Angeles L 0-4
VANGUARD * (C) W 8-5
VANGUARD * (C) L 2-4
WESTMONT * (C) W 12-5
WESTMONT * (C)
@ Biola * L 5-9
@ Biola * L 4-5
BIOLA * L 2-7 17-26, 12-19
BIOLA * W 4-3 18-26, 13-19
* GSAC contest
C = Clovis East High School
R = Reedley College