Baseball grabs two wins in four game series

The Sonoma State Seawolves traveled down to Los Angeles this weekend to face the Cal State L.A. Golden Eagles for a four game series. 

On Friday afternoon, pitching was the key for the Sonoma victory as they sent their senior starter George Asmus to the mound. He provided six shutout innings for the Seawolves. Senior first baseman Brennan Fulkerson contributed a clutch two run single in the seventh inning to put the Seawolves up 2-0. This was all of the run support Sonoma would need, as Steven Zaharias relieved Asmus and contributed two shutout innings of his own. After getting one more insurance run in the ninth by a Shawn Walters sacrifice fly, making it a 3-0 Sonoma lead, freshman Ricky Clark would come in to the mound and shut the door in his college debut, striking out the side, and earning his first collegiate save.

The Seawolves’ main offensive force was outfielder Wesley Wallace, who finished the game 3-4 with a double and two of their three runs, providing Sonoma’s only multi-hit performance. Devin Alexander also added a hit and a run, and Brennan Fulkerson had a hit and two runs batted in. The Golden Eagles were led by third baseman Manny Acosta who went 3-4. Cody Doyle also added a pair of hits.

Saturday’s doubleheader began with a special Sonoma State debut for catcher Eric Ehlow, who hit two home runs and a double in game one of the doubleheader. Ehlow provided all three of Sonoma’s runs, but that wouldn’t quite measure up, as the Golden Eagles would win in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth on an error by second baseman Jackson Stogner. 

Second baseman David Trejo, who went 2-3 with a double, a run and an RBI led Cal State L.A. Manny Acosta also added a pair of hits, and designated hitter Jesus Cuevas contributed a hit, a run, and an RBI. The winning pitcher was Reed Reznicek (1-0), and the losing pitcher was Blake Sack (1-1).

The winner did not change for the second game of the doubleheader, as the Golden Eagles would put up ten runs of offense. The Seawolves jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second, but the Golden Eagles came back with seven runs of their own in the bottom of the second. Aaron Gillis took the loss, only lasting an inning and two-thirds, while surrendering six earned runs. 

Cal State L.A. had a huge offensive game led by Kyle Peralta, who only had one hit for the game but made it count, as it was a grand slam. He finished the day 1-3, with a home run, five RBIs, and two runs. Casey Ryan had three hits and a run, and Acosta provided a hit, two RBIs, and a run. The Seawolves were led by freshman outfielder Daniel Caresio, who finished the game 3-3 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs.

The series cap began Sunday morning, as Sonoma State came out swinging, putting up a 14-5 victory. They had many offensive contributors. Justin Serrao went 2-3, with a home run, three RBIs, and two runs. Eric Ehlow went 2-4, including a triple, three RBIs, and a run. Garrett Schwartz also added a pair of hits, three runs, and two RBIs. Casey Ryan, Manny Acosta, Kyle Peralta, and Trent Zaks all added a pair of hits for Cal State L.A., but their pitching was the key. The Golden Eagles threw six different pitchers, all of which could not get out without surrendering at least one run. 

The Seawolves (3-3, 2-2 in Conference play) are taking on Cal State East Bay this upcoming weekend in a four game series.