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Baseball Alum Leans Into His Legacy 

Eric Angerer swings a baseball bat in the right-handed batter's box
(Photos courtesy of Chico State Athletics)

Whether it’s starting a rally, extending an inning, or changing the momentum of a game, the hit-by-pitch has always been a crucial part of baseball—and no one has “worn one” more times in Chico State and CCAA history than Eric Angerer (Business, ’14).  

Angerer got to first base the hard way 58 times (including a staggering 29 in 2013). 

“I wanted to play and I wanted to win. The record is a reminder about the type of player I was and what my role was,” said Angerer, who now owns a commercial photography business in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  

Angerer’s role was to get on base. Because he could hit, draw a walk (he posted 141 career hits and ranks in the program’s top 10 all-time in free passes), and not to move out of the way of a 90-mile-per-hour fastball, he had an on-base percentage above .400 during his Chico State career, which included trips to the Collegiate World Series in 2012 and 2014. 

“Anyone can take a walk, but not everyone can lean into a pitch and sacrifice their body. I know my teammates appreciated the ‘get 90 feet’ mentality,” he said. 

Angerer said he draws on his experiences as a student-athlete at Chico State in his post-playing career, noting that baseball taught him how to manage his time, be part of a team, and work with different types of personalities.  

As for the unique record, he embraces it.  

“I think it is better than a home run or RBI record. Having my name attached to the HBP record just fits me–a grinder on and off the field–and means my legacy at Chico State will live on.”