For the past 30 years, coach John Goelz has shaped Sonoma State University baseball program into one of the most respected NCCA Division II teams in the nation and has now passed a milestone that will join him in an exclusive group of which only 15 other coaches have joined.
After taking game two in this past weekend’s series against San Francisco State, Goelz recorded his 1,000 career victory as a head coach. Since taking the job in 1985, Goelz has built the baseball program from the ground up at SSU and now has an everlasting accomplishment to last with it. With the Seawolves season slowly skidding to an end and playoffs seeming very unlikely, this accomplishment will at least be able to shed some light on future seasons.
“I would not be the ballplayer I am today without coach Goelz,” said senior Devin Alexander. “The amount of effort he puts into the team and the way he balances it to focus on each individual player is something you never see coming from a head coach and it’s extremely encouraging.”
The Seawolves took on the San Francisco State Gators in a four-game series with the first and last games being played at San Francisco State’s Maloney Field with a double-header taking place at Seawolf Diamond in between.
Game one was nothing less of an offensive showcase for the Seawolves as they went on to pound out 16 hits on the day for an 11-6 win over the Gators. Junior Spencer Neve was the primary offensive standout, going a perfect 4-4 while driving in three RBIs. Senior slugger Alex Crosby also recorded three RBIs on the day and finished going 2-4.
Game two was an absolute cakewalk for the Seawolves, with it ironically sealing Goelz’ 1,000th victory, due to the outstanding pitching performances by junior DeVon Golden and freshman Mitch Coombs who combined for a one-hit shutout of the Gators. However, the Seawolf bats would not be unheard, putting up seven runs on 11 hits with two multi-RBI home runs coming off the bats of junior Adam Manzer and senior Jourdan Weiks, Weik’s first of the year.
“The amount of volume our bats produced gave us a bunch of confidence going into the later innings because we knew we could keep them off our heals, and I guess a couple home runs won’t hurt either,” said Weiks. “Most importantly, I’m stoked that we were able to have this type of performance for Goelz to finally get his 1,000 win.”
After the celebrations concluded for coach Goelz following the first game, it was already time to get back on the field to kick off the second half of the double-header. The Gators were determined to get on the board early and were able to put up a 3-0 lead after two innings of play. It would not take long for the Seawolves to respond with base hits from both Neve and Phillip Ramos, and with a little small ball the score was now 3-2.
The Gators would only tack on one more run for the game in the top of the fifth and the Seawolves would once again respond with one run in the bottom of the sixth but would leave two runners stranded, which would essentially cost them the win. The Gators were able to finish up the job in the bottom of the seventh to take game three with a final score of 4-3.
The final game was an exciting one that lasted 11 innings. The game was tied up at five from the eighth inning until junior Cody Morris stepped up to the plate and drove an RBI double that scored Devin Alexander all the way from first base. Alexander then pitched perfectly in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Seawolves the win. The win put them over the .500 mark at 23-22 overall.