Baseball team inches closer to .500 record

The rain can’t dampen the Sonoma State University’s baseball team’s spirits after a huge road victory this weekend, winning two of its three games against conference foe Cal Poly Pomona. 

According to the CCAA coaches’ preseason poll, Ponoma was predicted to finish first in the South Division. 

 The Seawolves, on the other hand, were predicted to finish in second in their respective, North Division behind Chico State. 

Despite losing 10-2 to the Broncos in game one on Friday, the Seawolves fought back later that day, winning game two, 6-3. The next day, each offense came to play but is was Sonoma that came out on top, winning the game 8-7 and the series Saturday afternoon.

After a tough loss in game one Friday and a slow start in game two, Bryan Cid put the Seawolves on top late in the game. Down 3-2 in the sixth, Cid launched a double to left field, which plated two runs and put Sonoma State in the lead. Cid continued to contribute with two stolen bases and a run, ending the game 6-3.  

Pitcher Cal Becker picked up his first win of the season, after coming in for starter Haydon Turpin in the fifth, throwing four innings. Adam Manzer, the left fielder for the Seawolves, had a 3-5 outing with three singles.

Saturday’s tiebreaker would be the most important of the weekend and the Seawolves weren’t going to leave in defeat.

“We felt very confident and excited going into Saturday because we played competitively in both games Friday, even though the score didn’t show it in game one,” said Manzer, who finished Friday’s double header with four hits.

 It’s likely their positive attitude helped propel them to victory on Saturday. By the second inning they were up 7-0. With bases loaded, walks to Rayson Romero and Bryant Cid started the action but it didn’t stop there. 

“The best moment of the weekend was no doubt Spencer Neve’s huge RBI at bat in the second inning of the Saturday game that broke the game open,” said Ryan O’Malley. O’Malley himself also contributed an RBI double to plate Neve in the second inning.

Manzer also credited Saturday’s second inning as the highlight of the weekend.  “We battled, drew walks and got hits with two outs. That was huge.”

After trading runs in the next two innings, the Broncos kept things interesting, scoring six unanswered runs, making the score 8-7. Although it was quite an effort, it wasn’t enough for a Bronco’s comeback. Jackson Zarubin ended the game, striking out Alex Gaskin to secure the weekend victory.

Grant St. Martin, Cody Morris, Neve and O’Malley all contributed to the team Saturday with two runs each.

 The Seawolves have won five out of their last seven games in CCAA play, giving them a 8-10 record. 

“Our defense has improved immensely since the beginning of the year,” O’Malley said. “Once we figure out our pitching and hitting there aren’t many teams out there that can beat us.”

The Seawolves are only two games away from the .500 mark and will look to improve. “We played well this weekend but still not up to our potential, which is very exciting,” said O’Malley.

Their season continues today at 2 p.m. when the Seawolves head to Laney College in Oakland to face the Academy of Art. 

“We feel great going into Tuesday and will continue improving on playing clean and crisp baseball defensively and pitching in the strike zone,” said Manzer.