Tommy Call III
After a 12-1 drubbing in a non-conference skirmish against San Francisco State last week, Sonoma State’s baseball team fought against the rain and the UC San Diego Tritons over the weekend on Seawolf Diamond.
After dropping the first game of the doubleheader to the Tritons, the Seawolves were able to inflict revenge against UC San Diego in game two. Sunday’s victory put their record at 11-7 overall in conference, allowing the Seawolves to solidify first place in the CCAA north Division.
Due to inclement weather, the first game against the tritons was cancelled but the sun came to play Sunday and the Seawolves and Tritons played two.
Falling behind 2-0 early, Ryan O’Malley got things going for the Seawolves when his base knock initiated a forth inning rally, cutting the Triton’s lead in half.
Seawolf Ace Ryan Luna took the ball and halted any effort from the Tritons to extend its lead by striking out seven in six innings.
Senior Tyler Glenn stepped to the plate with one out and Spencer Neve on base in the eight. The big first basemen came in clutch with a base-clearing double to tie the game.
Devon Golden took the bump in the ninth with the score knotted at two. With two down, Golden wasn’t able to close out the Tritons as they scored on a RBI single from Left Fielder Gardeigh Sanchez, making the score 3-2. O’malley’s two-out single wasn’t enough to start the Seawolves’ comeback as Ryan St. Martin bounced into a fielder’s choice to end the game.
In game two Junior Haydon Turpin took the ball, and that was pretty much all she wrote for the Tritons. Turpin went 7 ⅓ innings only allowing three hits while sitting down seven Tritons via strikeout. At one point Turpin retired ten consecutive Tritons.
The Seawolves offense got involved in the Seventh inning when Bryant Cid got things started with a single. Cid was able to get to third on a Brett Sesma single.
Sophomore Rayson Romero stepped to the dish with two runners on, and true to his Hawaiian roots proved he was the big kahuna, scoring Cid on a sac-fly to center field for the only run of the game.
The 1-0 victory moved the Seawolves in sole possession of first place in the CCAA west division.
Seawolf slugger Ryan O’Malley was all over the diamond for the Seawolves going 4-8 in the doubleheader, boosting his batting average to a whooping .405. O’Malley leads the CCAA with seven jacks and a .738 slugging percentage.
The Seawolves will now play seven games over the next week against the third place CSU Monterey Bay and Cal State San Marcos.