Seawolves win three of four against Cal State Stanislaus
The Sonoma State men's baseball team went head to head in a crucial series with Cal State Stanislaus last weekend, where they played in a pair of double headers. The Seawolves, struggling as of late, bounced back in their series against the Stanislaus Warriors, taking three out of the four games.
Sonoma State, led by shortstop Justin Serrao and a strong pitching performance by Ian Ocon, split Saturday's doubleheader. On Sunday, the Seawolves came out firing on all cylinders at the plate, recording 18 runs on 22 hits while coasting to a doubleheader sweep over the Warriors. Sonoma State's overall record returns to .500 on the season at 22-22 and their CCAA record improves to 20-16.
"It was really big for us to win this weekend and get back on track," said first baseman Garrett Gooselaw. "The CCAA is a tough league and every series is a big one. It definitely helps our confidence when you win a big series like this. It just feels good to get back on track."
On Saturday, the Seawolves played in their first doubleheader of the series at home at the Seawolf Diamond before traveling to Turlock, Calif. the next day to wrap up the last two games of the series.
In game one, Serrao, Gooselaw and the Sonoma State offense came alive to secure the series opener victory by a score of 5-3. In game two, the Stanislaus offense roughed up the Seawolves' pitching for eight runs on 11 hits, defeating Sonoma 8-1. After splitting the doubleheader with the Warriors, the Seawolves' overall record moves to 20-22 on the season and 18-16 in conference play.
In game one of Saturday's doubleheader, hitting was contagious for the Sonoma State offense. The Seawolves' offense, led by Serrao and Gooselaw, recorded five runs on 12 hits while taking game one by a score of 5-3. Serrao only had one hit on the day, but it was a big one, smacking a three run homerun for the first of his collegiate career.
Gooselaw also contributed in a big way, going 2-4 at the plate, including a homerun, RBI and two runs scored. For the rest of the SSU offense, Steven Filippi, Devon Zenn and Jeff Boulware all recorded multi-hit games as well to help the Seawolves lock down the win. Ian Ocon got the nod as the starter for game one and he tossed his best outing of the year, throwing six innings of two-run baseball while only allowing six hits.
In game two of the doubleheader, the Warriors' offense came out looking for payback, putting up eight runs on 11 hits while coasting to an 8-1 victory; forcing a split with Sonoma. Joshua Nervis got the start and was handed the loss in the nightcap for the Seawolves after tossing six innings of baseball while allowing four earned runs on eight hits.
Joey Van Cleave came in for the relief and finished the game with three strong innings of shutout baseball. For the most part in game two, the Sonoma offense was shut down by the Warriors' starting pitcher Chris Short, who went seven and two-third innings while only allowing one run on six hits. Serrao stayed hot at the plate, going 1-3 with a double and a run scored, while teammates Paul Anaya and Jackson Stogner contributed with doubles of their own.
On Sunday, Sonoma State traveled to Turlock, Calif. to wrap up their series with another doubleheader against Cal State Stanislaus at their home field. Although the Seawolves were the road team, they didn't play like the road team, recording 18 runs on 22 hits in the two games. In game one, a trio of Seawolves recorded multi-hit games and the pitching held strong for a 7-6 SSU victory.
In game two, every starter recorded at least one hit as the offense exploded for 11 runs on 14 hits. After the doubleheader sweep against the Warriors, the Seawolves' overall record improves to 22-22 and their league record improves to 20-16.
In game one of Sunday's doubleheader, Sonoma battled with Stanislaus in a close game. However, the Seawolves came out victorious with a narrow 7-6 win. Sonoma State scored first in the game and scored often, thanks to big days by Gooselaw (2-4, 2 RBI, 3B, BB, 1 run), Filippi (2-5), Joel Thys (2-5, 2 RBI, 2B, 1 run) and Devon Zenn (1-3, 2 RBI, HR, 2 BB, 2 runs).
Thomas Lee got the start for the Seawolves and picked up his sixth win of the season, after tossing seven strong innings in which he allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks, while recording eight strikeouts. Sonoma State had just enough offense to sneak by with the 7-6 win in game one of Sunday's doubleheader.
"I feel like we have gotten back on track," said Gooselaw. "We are playing better ball and working our approach more in the games. We have been working together and believing in one another and are getting on it."
In game two on Sunday, the Seawolves' offense gave the pitching and coaching staff plenty of breathing room after putting 11 runs up on the board for a 11-3 win. Serrao stayed hot for Sonoma at the plate, going 2-3 in game two with three RBI's, a double, two runs and a walk. Jeff Boulware, Zenn, Gooselaw and Thys all contributed as well with multi-hit games.
Danny Dworkin only had one hit in the game; however, it was a clutch two RBI triple. Harmen Sidhu got the nod for Sonoma and earned his fifth win of the season after throwing six innings of five-hit baseball, while allowing three runs on two walks and eight strikeouts.
After losing 11 of their last 12 games and with playoffs quickly approaching, the Sonoma State men's baseball team knew they had to turn it around and win against the Warriors.
After successfully taking three of four games from conference rivals Cal State Stanislaus, the Seawolves' overall record on the season returns to .500 at 22-22 and their CCAA record improves to 20-16. With only four games left in the regular season, Sonoma State hosts Cal State Monterey Bay this weekend at the Seawolf Diamond.
"I don't think there is any added pressure to the games," said Gooselaw. "I feel that playoffs just make our team more hungry to play well and win games. It makes every game a battle to the end."
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