This past weekend, the Sonoma State baseball team completed a four-game sweep over Cal State Bernardino as they cruised to their ninth straight conference play win and jumped into first place atop the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The Seawolves traveled down to San Bernardino to take on the Coyotes in a four-game series with a single game taking place on Friday, followed by a double-header on Saturday and wrapping up with one game on Sunday.
For game one, the Seawolves went with their senior ace George Asmus to take the mound who continued his successful season by tossing another gem, only allowing one earned run and striking out five batters to improve his record to 4-0 on the season. Asmus was able to pick up this victory rather easily with the heavy amount of offensive produced by his fellow teammates. The Seawolves rallied a total of 11 hits on the day to defeat the Coyotes 7-3. Sophomore Steven Moen had three of the team’s hits while also driving in two RBIs. Moen was complemented by seniors Garret Schwartz, Jackson Stoegner, and Wesley Wallace. Each had two base hits apiece, one of them being a three-run home run off the bat of Wallace in the fourth inning to give the Seawolves the go-ahead run. The Seawolves added three more runs to the total as their relief pitching finished the job shutting down CSUSB for the final three innings.
As game two began on Saturday, the Seawolves seemed to pick up right where they had left off from the last game putting up a 4-0 lead in the first five innings. The early lead came off the opportune hits by freshman Daniel Caresio, junior Jourdan Weiks, and Garret Schwartz putting the first runs on the board. The Coyotes responded with two runs of their own in the fifth inning to make the score 4-2, but the Seawolves responded with two more RBIs in the eighth inning coasting to a 6-2 victory. Pitching continued to be key in the win for the Seawolves with senior Jon Richards throwing six innings, only allowing two runs and racking up six strikeouts.
The second half of the double header started off with a bang for the Seawolves as Jackson Stoegner drove in the first four runs of the game by the third inning. The first run was put up in the first inning by a sacrifice fly to center-field allowing Jourdan Weiks to score from third but the following three runs came off a thundering home run from Stoegner in the third as the Seawolves jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. CSUSB responded quickly to the long ball by putting up three runs the same inning putting the score at 4-3.
The Coyotes would no longer score in this game due to the lights out pitching coming in relief from junior Anthony Pezzola who finished up the last four innings for the Seawolves. Offense continued in this game for the Seawolves as three more runs were drove in to make the final score 7-3. Stoegner finished the game with a career high of five RBIs while also smacking out his first homer of the season.
The Seawolves red-hot offense continued to sear on into Sunday’s finale as the team racked up a season high of 17 hits in midst of a 16-6 route and the essential sweep of the CSUSB Coyotes. The Coyotes came out very strong in the early stages of the game and at one point led 5-1 going into the fourth inning.
It was then in the fourth inning where the Seawolves struck for four runs coming off RBIs of the already hot bat of Jackson Stoegner, as well as junior Alex Crosby and Wesley Wallace. Despite the one run being put up by the Coyotes in the following inning, it was all Seawolves’ bats from then on out. The Seawolves went on to score 12 more runs throughout the game. Two came from the fifth inning and the other 10 were put up in the seventh and eighth innings coming off the bats of several Seawolf batters. Stoegner continued his tear by going 4-5 and driving in three more runs throughout the game to give himself of weekend total of nine RBIs. Alex Crosby also finished the game strong for the Seawolves driving in three RBIs.
The Seawolves now improve to a California Colliegiate Athletic Association best of 16-4 (18-10 overall) and hope to stretch the division lead after their scheduled bye-week this coming weekend, as they face off against Cal State Monterey Bay on the following Thursday, April 17.