The Sonoma State University softball team played in the NCAA Division II West Region Tournament this past weekend. They had wins of 5-4 against Humboldt State, and 5-4 and 11-3 against Montana State Billings. These three wins earned them a spot in the upcoming NCAA West Division II Super Regional.
The first team that the Seawolves played against was Humboldt State. In their two previous matchups with the Lumberjacks, they ended up losing, but the Seawolves held on this time.
In just the first inning, the Seawolves showed how determined they were to take the win. The bases were loaded with Amanda Rossetta at first, Jena Kaser at second, and Ancia Purdy at third.
Third baseman Olivia Lucchese came up to hit and although she was out at first, putting the ball in play got Purdy home for the first score of the game.
“Humboldt State has been a tough team to beat this season,” said Fred Bass, a family friend of a Seawolf softball player. “But the team really put in all their effort and showed them what they got. And that sure showed them.”
In the bottom of the second, the Jacks took the lead of the game with a home run that made the score 4-1. This would be the score until the sixth inning.
Catcher, Aubrie Tolliver gave the Jacks a taste of their own medicine. She hit a grand slam to center field that brought Taylor Batey, Mayleen Mazon, and Ally Bryant home with her. Tolliver’s hit would be the difference in their victory against Humboldt State with a score of 5-4.
“We have had a hard time against Humboldt this year and I am just glad that I was able to succeed for my team and my pitchers,” said Tolliver. “We wanted that game so bad and I am happy that we were able to pull out a win.”
The second game played for this weekend lasted 12 innings against the Montana State University Billings Yellowjackets.
Purdy had her first career home run and the first score of the game during the third inning. Mazon followed up on Purdy’s homerun with her own and by the end of the third inning the score was 3-0.
In the seventh inning, the Yellowjackets managed to catch up to the Seawolves and tied the game at 3-3.
The tie continued throughout the game until the 12th inning when the Yellowjackets hit a home run and took the lead by one. The Seawolves responded in their next at-bat.
Rossetta came up and delivered a hit that brought Purdy home to tie it up.
Tolliver came through again for the team when she singled a hit to the left side of the field and helped Keeley Ray make the final score of the game 5-4.
“We had one common goal as a team this weekend and it was to be three and done, meaning we win every single game and the end result is us advancing to the super regionals,” said Rossetta. “We had some tough competition and some nerve-racking games but with our relentless fight and team unity, we were able to succeed and accomplish our goal.”
After their first two wins, the Seawolves looked to finish off the weekend with three victories and a shot at more tournament play.
They played their last game against Montana State Billings.
“In the entire history of Sonoma State Softball, we have never won regionals and to be able to win this year undefeated, it’s an incredible feeling,” said Tolliver.
Unlike the last game played, this game only lasted five innings. In every inning, the Seawolves scored at least one run. Sonoma dominated and it was clear that they were not going to let the Yellowjackets take this last win from them.
The final score of the game was 11-3. The Seawolves took the victory in the last game of the tournament.
“I am so proud to stand next to these girls and be one of 22 strong who was able to make history this weekend and give Sonoma State softball their first ever opportunity to play in Super Regionals,” said Rossetta.
This is the first time the Sonoma State softball team has ever had the opportunity to play in the NCAA Division II Super Regionals.
They will be playing this Friday against Dixie State in St. George, Utah.
“We have a lot more to prove and show this next weekend in Utah, we aren’t done yet and I’m so excited for this opportunity we worked so hard for,” said Rossetta.