The Sonoma State baseball team had a busy week on the Seawolf Diamond. After playing five games against two non-conference opponents, the Seawolves end the home stand with two wins and three losses.
After a 4-2 loss to Academy of Art Tuesday, the Seawolves went on to play the Concordia Cavaliers on Saturday and Sunday, ending the four-game series with a split of two wins and two losses.
Tied at zero in the start of the seventh inning Tuesday afternoon, Academy of Art hit four back-to-back singles, stacking the advantage to 4-0. A late recovery in the ninth inning with RBIs by Matthew Richards and Ryan O’Malley weren’t enough to save the game, as the Urban Knights preserved their 4-2 victory.
Four days later, the Seawolves faced off against Concordia University in the first doubleheader of the weekend. Sonoma State gained the lead early when Spencer Neve and Adam Manzer crossed the plate, scoring two runs in the second and fourth innings. Senior pitcher Ryan Luna kept the Cavaliers off of the bases and the scoreboard, allowing just one hit over six innings. Luna was replaced by Aldo Severson in the seventh who shut out the Cavaliers for the remainder of the game and secured the 4-0 win.
In the second game of the double dip Saturday, Sonoma State led 3-1 in the seventh and final inning. But, the ‘Cavs, with two outs away, were able to tie it up with a double down the left field line. The Seawolves came up short in the last half of the inning and both teams headed into extras. Concordia added two more runs in the top of the eighth and the Seawolves couldn’t catch up, losing by a final score of 5-3.
The next day, Concordia obtained its second win of the season, gaining a strong 7-3 lead with only one inning left in the game. The Seawolves, however, were not going down without a fight and attempted a comeback in ninth inning. Two singles by Brian Bynum and Trevor Abrams scored two runs and cut the Cavaliers’ lead to just two. But, despite their best efforts, Sonoma State was unable to match Concordia, who won 7-5.
“We felt like we played well in all four games this weekend,” said O’Malley. “We just weren’t able to execute in crucial situations in the games we lost.”
Sonoma State refused to let Concordia leave the Seawolf Diamond with another win, rallying for a powerful defeat over the Cavaliers in the second game on Sunday. Down by three in the fourth inning, Rupert Watson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, which secured the first run for Sonoma State.
The Seawolves’ O’Malley and Grant St. Martin helped to continue the rally, contributing three runs batted in. Another run for the Seawolves in the fifth inning put the icing on the cake and secured the 5-3 victory.
“Our energy was a big factor in our performance,” said Manzer, a senior utility player for the Seawolves.
“When we play as a team and put together great at bats in an inning we have opportunities to get big hits from guys like O’Malley and Morris.”
With a 3-8 overall record and a 1-2 record against CCAA opponents, Sonoma State looks to recover from a shaky season start with a win against San Francisco State on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
“We’ve definitely struggled this season so far but we still feel like we’re the team to beat,” said O’Malley.
The Seawolves will look to gain ground in the conference standings at the Seawolf Diamond against Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday and Sunday in a four-game series.
First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. on each