The Sonoma State University softball team stepped to the plate to claim two victories against rival Cal State Monterey Bay.
The Otters were predicted to finish second behind the Seawolves in the CCAA preseason polls. The predictions proved accurate when they finished behind the Seawolves 6-0 and 4-2 in the doubleheader last Tuesday.
In the first inning of game one, the Seawolves capitalized on Monterey Bay blunders. An error and three walks brought home Leanna Georges. Two more runs were put on the board in the bottom of the second, as Monterey Bay once again issued a walk with the bases loaded to bring another run home and Carlie Daniel recorded an RBI infield single to put the Seawolves up 3-0. Sonoma State brought three more runs in the fourth inning again with a bases loaded walk and two more RBI hits.
“We did exactly what we wanted to do. We were patient at the plate and waited for our pitches,” said Sarah Langley.
Mandy Llerena made her presence known in the circle as CSUMB struggled to connect the bat only allowing six hits and striking out five, adding another complete game shutout to her belt. The Monterey pitching staff, on the other hand, recorded six walks over six innings.
“With Monterey being our rivals and conference champs in the past year, we have always been after blood with them,” said Llerena. “It sure did feel good to come out top dog. It was time to show them what our team this year was made of.”
Sonoma State came out swinging again in the second game of the day as Jordann White hit the first home run of her career bringing Alison Strycula home alongside her. Daniel kept her momentum going as she hit an RBI double at the end of the third.
The Otters broke their dry spell, scoring a run in the fourth and another in the fifth. But Sonoma Statesecured their lead when Olivia Lucchese stepped on home plate in the bottom of the sixth after a wild pitch.
“It was really great and kind of relieving. I’m also really glad it was off Monterey,” saidWhite. “After the first game our energy was very high and we were all excited. Our whole thought was not to let them believe they had a chance of coming back.”
It was a game of firsts for the Seawolves as Mayleen Mazon pitched her first win of the season and Brielle Vidmar recorded her first career save. Sonoma State advances to 7-3 in the CCAA after Tuesday’s games.
Their weekend games against San Francisco State were postponed due to the rain, their eighth rain-out of the season.
They will, however, be back in action Thursday and Friday, as they are scheduled to take on UC San Diego in La Jolla, as long as El Niño allows it. First pitch on Thursday is scheduled for 4 p.m. and at 11 a.m. on Friday.