The weather was not the only thing heating up this weekend, as the Sonoma State University baseball team went on to take three wins out of the four-game series against the Central Washington Wildcats, with double-headers taking place on Friday and Saturday. The Seawolves started the weekend off on the right track, sweeping the Wildcats on Friday by winning the first two games of the series.
Game one was a back-and-forth affair between the two, with each team having momentum, bringing lead changes throughout the game. The Wildcats were the first on the board, putting up a run in the first, which was answered by the Seawolves in the bottom of the fourth by senior Eric Ehlow’s RBI single.
It took until the fifth inning, but the Seawolves grabbed their first lead by putting up a three-run inning thanks to a two-RBI double by junior Spencer Neve to put the score at 4-2.
However, the Wildcats were very quick to respond to this rally, and put up two more runs in the top of the seventh to even the score at 4-4.
Shortly after, in the bottom of the seventh, the bat was once again in the hands of slugger Ehlow who hit a screaming line drive into left field to drive in the go-ahead run for the Seawolves.
“I was just seeing the ball right today,” said Ehlow. “I went up there with the same approach every time and luckily was able to come through for my team.”
They would eventually add one more run to the total in the bottom of the eighth to make the final score 6-4.
The Seawolves took all of the momentum and used it for the second game as they took it to the Wildcats and finished them off 5-0. The win was complimented by an absolute pitching gem by senior Bobby Raymos as he threw four no-hit innings and racked up nine strikeouts along the way. Raymos was relieved by senior Devon Alexander and junior DeVon Golden to complete the shutout. The Seawolves offense was led by senior Steven Moen and junior Cody Morris, who each went 2-3, with Moen picking up an RBI in the fourth to pad the already established lead.
After a night’s rest, the Seawolves and Wildcats were ready to face off once again Saturday, but this time, the Wildcats would have a say. Central Washington controlled most of the ballgame after putting up three runs in consecutive innings, but barely took game one by a thread after a late ninth inning rally came just short for the Seawolves, leaving the game-tying run 90 feet away on third base.
The Seawolves now were backed up in an attempt to finish and take the series, but they would eventually have the last word in game four with an extraordinary finish. Not hesitating, the Seawolves were able to put up two runs in the first inning off of an RBI on a fielder’s choice followed up by a wild pitch to stake out an early lead.
The Wildcats responded with a run of their own in the second, but that was the last time they would cross the plate for the day. It was in the bottom of the fifth when the real fireworks went off.
“Before I walked up to the plate, I knew I had to get something started if we wanted to take control of the game,” said Crosby.
Crosby walked up to the plate and pummeled the ball over the right field fence for a monster home run. This was followed up two pitches later by teammate Ehlow, who also launched a solo shot of his own for the back-to-back home runs, causing the crowd to explode with cheer as the Seawolves took a commanding 4-1 lead.
“I knew Eric was swinging a hot bat and he could pick me up, but I did not expect us to go back-to-back, that was too surreal.”
The Seawolves would tack on one more run the next inning to make the final score 5-1 and officially take the series. Senior Devin Bradley started on the mound and threw four innings for the Seawolves, only surrendering one run and picking up two strikeouts before being relieved by sophomore Matt Hammonds and senior Tyler Sanders to polish off the win.
The Seawolves will hit the road for their next game as they face off against Holy Names University in a non-conference game on Tuesday before their conference opener against CSU Los Angeles next weekend.