Maloney Field at San Francisco State University on Thursday, June 11, 2015 (Special to S.F. Examiner/Michael Ares)

When Tony Schifano was hired by San Francisco State to head its baseball program, the Golden Gators had not so much as made the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament since joining the conference in 1998.

A former recruiting coordinator at UC Davis, Schifano set about building a group of freshmen, junior college players and Division I bouncebacks that he felt could contend within the next three years.

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