As the baseball season begins to wind down, some teams need to flip a switch in order to make a lasting playoff run, and the Seawolves might turn that light on.
After last weekend’s tough series loss to UC San Diego, the Seawolves responded by taking three out of four games this weekend against the CSU East Bay Pioneers and nearly took the sweep, but fell just short in Saturday’s finale as they grinded the game all the way to 14 innings.
Game one was quite the breeze for the Seawolves as sophomore Hayden Turpin was lights out, tossing seven scoreless innings and only allowing four hits while also recording two strikeouts. The Seawolves were able to get out on the board early in the bottom of the third with continuous follow-up base hits from Jourdan Weiks, Alex Crosby and Cody Morris to put the score at 2-0.
The lead would eventually stick with Turpin, making light work of the Pioneers until the bottom of the eighth when the Seawolves tacked on one final run to make the final score of 3-0. Junior Gerald Jamerson was then able to secure the win with a two-inning save by shutting down the remainder of hitters.
The Seawolves then took on the Pioneers for game two of which was the first of a double-header, and it was an absolute hit parade for the Seawolves, putting up 12 throughout the game. However, the Pioneers would not be unheard as they made it extremely tight for the Seawolves in the top of the sixth as they went on a four-run rally to take the lead 5-4.
Completely unphased, the Seawolves answered right back as junior Adam Manzer, who already drove in a run in the fourth, started off the inning with a double in the gap and with a throwing error advanced to third to spark the flame. Immediately following Manzer was junior Spencer Neve, who singled him in to knot the score at 6-6.
As the inning continued, Jourdan Weiks was able to single in Neve who had made his way to third to break the tie only to be followed up by the red-hot bat of Alex Crosby who drove in Weiks to put the score at 7-5. Senior Devin Alexander would then come in to pitch the final three innings and shut down the Pioneers to solidify the win going into the third game later in the afternoon. Manzer, Weiks, Crosby as well as sophomore Daniel Caresio each recorded two hits apiece for the Seawolves with Neve leading the team with two RBIs for the game.
The bats from both teams were much more quiet in game three, as there was only a total of seven hits throughout the entire game. The game would also come down to literally one run scored by the Seawolves in the bottom of the sixth inning as Crosby came up clutch once again and was able to drive in Jourdan Weiks from second base to take the series away from the Pioneers.
“If I get on base and Alex (Crosby) is up to bat, I know there is a very good chance I need to start running,” said Weiks. “He always seems to put the ball in the perfect place at the right time.”
Junior Ryan Luna who is already coming off a no-hitter this season, put up another masterful performance for the Seawolves pitching a complete game shut-out and recorded nine strikeouts, tying his season high.
With already taking the first three games, the Seawolves now approached game four looking for the complete sweep of Pioneers, but little did they know that they would be at the ballpark all afternoon attempting to do so.
The game was a see-sawing rollercoaster as both teams continued to battle and exchange runs starting with the first inning as the Pioneers put up a quick two runs only to be mirrored back by the Seawolves to even the score at 2-2 with a two RBI single off the bat of Alexander. The Pioneers put up another two in the top of the third inning but it wasn’t until the bottom of the sixth when the Seawolves responded with two runs of their own off of back-to-back RBI base hits by Spencer Neve and senior Cameron Merriwether to once again tie up the game.
It was at this point when the game hit fast-forward, as seven innings blew by with no team scoring with compliments of excellent relief pitching on each side to take the game all the way to the 14th inning. CSU East Bay finally squandered over a run to take the sweep away from the Seawolves in the top of the 14th despite the valiant effort in the bottom of the 13th when the Seawolves loaded up the bases and failed to walk-off with the win.
“It’s really tough to let a game go on for that long and have it be extremely close to get away from you,” said junior Adam Manzer. “We really wanted the sweep but just could not execute at the right time.”
The Seawolves now improve to 20-17 overall for the year and 14-14 in conference play as they approach the final weeks of the regular season.
Their next game will also take place at Seawolf Diamond, as they face off against San Francisco State in a non-conference clash on today with first pitch taking place at 2:30 p.m.