Softball takes CSU East Bay to comeback city

STAR // Connor Gibson

The Sonoma State softball team showed conference opponent Cal State East Bay what they were made of this weekend, beating them in three out of four games.

Jena Kaser wasted no time in the first game of the doubleheader Saturday, launching a 2-run bomb over the left field fence in the first inning. They went on to cushion their lead, scoring two in the fourth and one in the fifth, making it 5-0 heading into the sixth inning.

After those five scoreless innings, the Pioneers pushed a run across the plate on a Seawolf fielding error in the top of the sixth. But Brielle Vidmar, who came in for starting pitcher Amanda Llerena, quickly put an end to rally by striking out one and producing a groundout with loaded bases. She went on to shut the East Bay offense out in the seventh and final inning, which sealed the 5-1 victory for Sonoma State. 

In the rematch later that day, the Pioneers fought for redemption and came out edging the Seawolves in a 4-3 defeat.

 East Bay capitalized on Seawolf miscues, scoring two unearned runs off of Llerena in the first. The Seawolves stayed in it, however, never down by more than two. They came within one in the final inning when Langley hit an RBI single to left, scoring Lindsey Calcany-Blair, but the Pioneers would get their final out of the game before Sonoma State could make a comeback.

The Pioneers came out swinging in game one on Saturday and Seawolves found themselves down 3-0. But, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Alison Strycula ripped a triple to right-center, which scored Daniel and Leanna Georges. But the ultimate hero of the game was Jordann White, who came up to the plate and knocked in Daniel and Emma Ryan. Her two-run double gave the Seawolves the 4-3 victory and the momentum going into game two. 

Although the Seawolf offense scored just one run throughout the seven innings in game two, which they got from an Strycula single that scored Calcany Blair, that was all the support starting pitcher Vidmar would need. She tossed seven scoreless innings allowing just three hits.

Vidmar improved to 3-0 on the season and also earned herself her first complete game. After the victory, Vidmar gave the credit for her successful outing to her team.

“Our defense stood strong in the series this weekend and our offense was clutch,” said Vidmar. “The team thrived under pressure and coming out victorious this weekend was well deserved.”

Kaser, a senior first baseman for Sonoma State, attributes their wins to the hard work they have been putting into practice. “We are starting to feel more team chemistry and starting to see more results while on offense and defense, something we had been working on in the past couple of weeks,” Kaser said. “We were able to string hits together more successfully. 

After the three wins on the weekend, Sonoma State’s record improves to 8-6 overall and 5-3 in CCAA conference play. 

The Seawolves will look to build upon that record with a doubleheader today against Cal State Monterey at the Seawolf Softball Field at noon. 

 They then head to San Francisco to take on the SF State Gators in a four-game game series on Friday and Saturday. First pitch for both days are at noon.