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Gators use bullpen for victory

April 4, 2018 Sports

A stable of pitchers and a breakout fifth inning helped the Gators return to winning ways with a 6-1 victory over Holy Names on Monday, April 2 at Maloney Field. SF State erased a one-run deficit in the fifth, in which they put up four runs off RBI singles by junior left fielder Harley Lopez ...

SF State appoints new athletic director

March 29, 2018 News Sports

SF State has found its new athletic director, and she comes with Gator ties. Stephanie Shrieve-Hawkins was officially announced as athletic director on Thursday, March 29. Shrieve-Hawkins’ most recent position was as associate athletic director at Saint Mary’s. She “supervised multiple sports programs, academic and student services, sports medicine, strength and conditioning and internal operations,” ...

Op-Ed: UConn women keep winning without spotlight

March 28, 2018 Sports 4 Comments

Any college basketball team that reaches 11 straight Final Fours is obviously going to be plastered all over every news site, right? That’d be the case if the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team was the opposite gender. UConn just surpassed John Wooden’s UCLA dynasty’s record for consecutive Final Four appearances. The same UCLA dynasty ...

U.S. failure opens door for new teams

March 15, 2018 Opinion Sports

After rigorous qualifying campaigns, 32 nations will get a chance to become champions at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Among them are Iceland and Panama as first-time participants. Not among them is the United States, who I think got exactly what they deserved in not qualifying, and also exactly what the United States Soccer Federation ...

Welch provides the juice

March 15, 2018 Sports

SF State’s wrestling team discovered that for them, positivity and success go hand-in-hand. After a dismal 2017 season in which no Gator was a national qualifier, 2018 was a bounce-back campaign. “Our goal this season was to get qualifiers, and we accomplished that,” said head coach Jason Welch, who just completed his first season with the ...

Gators close out weekend with a win, take series 3-1

March 12, 2018 Sports

The men’s baseball team started their Sunday off right with a narrow victory against Cal State San Marcos on March 11 at Maloney Field. The final score of the game was 9-7. The Gators managed to edge past the visitors on their home field after suffering a 10-4 loss on Saturday to take the series, ...

Men’s soccer coach goes pro, stays within collegiate play

March 7, 2018 Sports

What would you do if you just coached your team to its first CCAA tournament birth since 1978 and won coach of the year? If you’re SF State men’s soccer coach Javier Ayala-Hil, you take on a massive new challenge and accept the head coach position for an entirely new team. Ayala-Hil was announced in ...

Puck is life

March 7, 2018 Sports

The hour hand and minute hand meet at the apex of the clock. It’s another 12 o’clock practice. 12 a.m., that is. For SF State’s ice hockey club, this is one of several obstacles that must be dealt with in order to maintain their team. “Hockey’s a really expensive sport as it is, which is ...

Don’t hate Elizabeth Swaney, hate the game

February 28, 2018 Opinion Sports

Although I’m not someone who usually follows the Olympics, I have taken note of Hungarian-American freestyle skier Elizabeth Swaney this year. Chances are, you have too. Swaney has not been in the spotlight for her Olympian talent or backstory about her life-long pursuit of competing in the games. It’s actually quite the opposite. The Oakland ...

Track the progress, field the results

February 28, 2018 Sports

In life, we are often defined by the choices we make. Sometimes they’re small choices, like what to eat for breakfast or what shoes to put on before leaving the house. Other times, these choices can be a lot bigger, with life-altering consequences. For senior Simone Reynolds, a thrower on the women’s track and field ...

Four seniors, one last opportunity

February 26, 2018 Sports

While The Swamp is always packed on game nights, the crowd was a little bit different on Saturday, Feb 24. Instead of being filled with SF State students, the majority of the crowd was made up of friends and family members of the four men’s basketball seniors. Before the game started, the seniors were escorted ...

SF State unable to get bats going in series opener to Stanislaus State

February 24, 2018 Sports

SF State lost their series opener, 2-0, to the Stanislaus State Warriors at Maloney Field on Friday afternoon, Feb. 23. The Gators were coming off a tough four-game series with seventh-ranked UC San Diego where they earned their first two wins. Head coach Tony Schifano gave senior pitcher Matt Hernandez the start following a spectacular ...

Olympics gather us all

February 21, 2018 Opinion Sports

Every two years, something comes along that captures my attention and enthralls me – the Olympic games. I know I’m not alone. Each time the games come around, I have no difficulty finding people who are following along with the different sports. Some are interested in the local angle, such as Vincent Chou, the Palo ...

Started from the mat, now we’re here

February 21, 2018 Sports

What a difference a few months can make. After being unsure of the state of their wrestling team coming into 2018, SF State wrestlers are capitalizing on a revitalized program. “Starting the season we were all scared, like, ‘Oh, the program might get dropped,’ until now — we’re 25th in the nation,” said redshirt senior ...

SF State wins doubleheader 6-1, 7-0

February 21, 2018 Sports

SF State softball won both games of a doubleheader against Notre Dame De Namur on Monday, Feb. 19 at SFSU Softball Field by scores of 6-1 and 7-0. The team won the first game by opening with a two-run first inning, and they never looked back. They added a run in the second frame but ...

Gators past and present face off in alumni game

February 14, 2018 Sports

The Women’s soccer alumni returned to SF State’s Cox Field on Saturday as teachers, engineers, pharmacists and coaches. For a short time, they were Gators once again. A small crowd of about 30 friends and family were in attendance to watch the alumni, who fielded 19 former players from the SF State soccer program including ...

Women’s rugby team on the rise

February 14, 2018 Sports

A small, but tightly knit group of women is working hard to fuel the up-and-coming women’s rugby team at SF State. Sophomore Hailey House is the founder and captain of the team. House originally played on the women’s team at the University of San Francisco, where she noticed that a good portion of the team ...

SF State goes extra innings in loss to Academy of Art

February 13, 2018 Sports

SF State baseball forced extra innings but could not seal the deal in their loss to Academy of Art on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The Gators took on the Urban Knights at Maloney Field, looking to grab their first win after dropping their first four games to Azusa Pacific University. In Tuesday’s contest, head coach Tony ...

Men’s rugby team seeks to persevere after loss to Stanford

February 10, 2018 Sports

After an intense, rough game, the SF State men’s rugby team fell to Stanford 44-24 on Saturday, Feb. 10. The team got off to a disorderly start that they were unable to break out of, which continued to develop and ultimately characterized the game. “Our pattern just kind of broke down,” said assistant coach Malik ...

OP-ED: Dynasties are forever

February 7, 2018 Opinion Sports

The Super Bowl came and went this weekend and for the eighth time in the last 17 years, the New England Patriots were involved. The Patriots sustained success that has never been seen in NFL history. The word ‘dynasty’ is defined as a powerful group or family that maintains its positions for a considerable time, ...

It’s mind over matter on the track

February 6, 2018 Sports

SF State’s women’s track and field team attributes this season’s steady success to hard work and calm minds. After returning from the University of Washington Invite in Seattle on Jan. 27, the team moved up in the national rankings from fifth to fourth place, simultaneously making history for SF State’s track and field program. “I ...

New techniques lead to rugby success

February 4, 2018 Sports 2 Comments

On a very sunny Saturday afternoon, the SF State rugby club won 41-15 against Fresno State, elevating their season’s record to 1-1. The team has seen drastic improvement in their performance recently thanks to techniques that their head coach, Wade Hess, has introduced. Hess joined the club at the very end of the spring 2017 ...

Spirits crushed on Spirit Night IV

February 3, 2018 Sports

After a stress-inducing close game against Cal State San Marcos, the SF State women’s basketball team suffered a 62-58 loss on Spirit Night IV at The Swamp on Friday, Feb. 2. The team was looking to continue their success after breaking an eight-game losing streak last Saturday against Stanislaus State, but a three point shot ...

SF State unable to keep up with Azusa Pacific in doubleheader

February 3, 2018 Sports

SF State’s baseball team lost both games of a doubleheader, 11-3 and 4-0, against the 25th ranked Azusa Pacific Cougars on Friday, Feb. 2nd at Maloney Field. Senior pitcher Dillon Houser was given his first start of the season in game one of Friday’s doubleheader. The day looked promising for the Gators when Houser’s excellent ...

Gators drop home opener to Azusa Pacific University 7-3

February 2, 2018 Sports

SF State baseball lost their season opener against the Azusa Pacific Cougars 7-3 on Thursday, Feb. 1 at newly renovated Maloney Field. A 5th inning grand slam by Azusa Pacific’s Sophomore 2nd baseman Nick Estrella ruined what had been a masterful and controlled outing for SF State’s Senior pitcher Matt Hernandez. SF State head baseball ...

New season, new home comforts

January 31, 2018 Sports

Gator baseball will open the 2018 season with upgrades to Maloney Field, as well as free admission to home games for students. The improvements at The Swamp include an upgraded sound system and speakers, new dugout seats and a larger scoreboard that is still being completed. Maloney has also received enhancements the past two offseasons. In 2016, ...

Gators softball? Anything but soft

January 24, 2018 Sports

Change can be scary, but for SF State softball, change is nothing new. After finishing no higher than 6th place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association in the past three seasons, SF State’s softball team is ready for redemption. The six seniors will have to help lead a team laden with freshmen and transfers. They’ll ...

Trump tweets

December 13, 2017 Sports

President Trump has broken tradition on more than one occasion since taking office. Some of the most notable traditions have been sports-based, like the long term tradition of throwing out the first pitch on MLB opening day and a more recent Obama tradition of filling out a NCAA basketball tournament bracket. This leads some to ...

Hard work, teamwork, lifelong memories

December 13, 2017 Multimedia Sports

Mandatory morning lifts, classes from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., practice from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., home to shower and eat and then homework. This is every day life for SF State senior pitcher Jordan Yrastorza. It is also similar to the lives of athletes in other sports as they work to balance education ...

Lady Gators overpowered by Cal State Dominguez Hills

December 3, 2017 Sports

The Gators women’s basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros team Saturday night and lost 91-76. Junior forward Jhaina Stephens scored a season high 31 points and added 14 rebounds, but the overall team performance was not nearly strong enough to combat the explosive offensive attack from the Toros. The Gators ...

Gators fall to the Toros in double overtime

December 3, 2017 Life Sports

On the second night of a two game homestand, the San Francisco State men’s basketball team lost to the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros 86-82 in double overtime. This outcome occurred despite the Gators holding a six point lead with 19 seconds remaining in the first overtime. A frenzied sequence of events caused this comfortable ...