Only midway through November and Sonoma State University men’s club baseball team is already gearing up for their upcoming season. There are high hopes for this team coming into the new year after they finished one game out of first place last season. Not too shabby for a team playing in its first ever competitive season.
The “Noma Baseball Club” currently participates in the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) and has garnered a high amount of interest since its establishment back in 2012. When speaking to Brad Mulvihill, who was one of the founders of the club, he explained that growing and expanding the club really took care of itself and that it has considerably grown over the last year.
He explained that back in 2012 the club didn’t even have enough people to field a team. This past year has been a drastically different story though, as the number of players has almost doubled in size.
“We have made a ton of progress over the last year,” said Mulvihill. “We can’t wait to get out onto the field and build on what we did last season.”
The expedited growth of the club is a true testament to the love of baseball that many students at SSU have. The club team gives students a chance to passionately play the game without having to commit an overarching amount of time that playing a collegiate sport may require.
The team is completely student run, from the players to the coaches, to the fundraising; everything is run by Sonoma State students. According to Mulvihill, playing for this club one gets the chance to play in a relaxed setting, while also having the chance to competitively compete against other schools on a regular basis.
A club like this really gives students who played in high school or on travel teams, the chance to relive their baseball careers.
The team most recently split a two-game series against Sacramento State over the past weekend and will have some more preseason games running throughout the fall semester. If interested in seeing some baseball on any given weekend from February through May, walk on over to Rancho Cotati high school and cheer on fellow Sonoma State colleagues. Their next pre-season game is next weekend as they get set to take on the club team from the University of Reno.