This weekend was anything but a homerun for the Sonoma State baseball team. After a lengthy 4-game series, the Seawolves dropped three to rival Chico State at Nettleton Stadium in Chico this past weekend.
In game one Friday, the Seawolves found themselves trailing 8-0 by the end of the third. But the offense decided to make the game more exciting, scoring a run in the sixth inning and five runs in the seventh. Unfortunately it was not enough. The Wildcats fired back, scoring twice in the bottom half of the seventh. With a final score of 10-6 the Wildcats claimed the win for game one.
“We hit the ball hard but mostly right at guys,” said senior second baseman Brett Sesma. “When we did generate some offense and score some runs, they would answer right back with some runs of their own.”
Junior pitcher Haydon Turpin recorded the loss. Junior Daniel Caresio went 2-2 with three walks while sophomore Matthew Richards finished 2-5 with a double, home run and three runs scored.
Continuing the series with a doubleheader on Saturday, Sonoma State was hoping for a better turnout than before. After being tied at six for ten innings, the Seawolves managed to come out on top in the eleventh after sophomore Matthew Richards scored on a wild pitch. Sophomore pitcher Cody Bennett kept the Wildcats scoreless in the bottom of the inning and the Seawolves celebrated their 7-6 win. Senior pitcher Jackson Zarubin improved to 1-1 on the season and Caresio finished 2-4 at the plate with a triple.
As the doubleheader continued Saturday, the Seawolves fell behind early and could not recover from the 3-run advantage that the Wildcats held from the third inning. The greatest offensive production came off the bat of senior Tyler Glenn, who was able to double home Richards in the sixth, scoring the Seawolves’ lone run. After seven innings, the Wildcats took game three by a score of 3-1.
Luna allowed three runs on eight hits, one walk and six strikeouts. But with a lack of run support he was tagged with the loss and fell to 3-3 on the year.
“There are definitely a number of things that we can improve on, but one thing that we can’t look past is the passion and fight of this team,” said junior Trevor Abrams. “There is something to be said about a team that doesn’t give up.”
Sonoma State entered game four on Sunday looking to split the series at two games apiece but Wildcat ace Dalton Erb shut the door on the Seawolf offense. Erb pitched a three-hit, complete-game shutout, striking out 11.
The Seawolf pitching staff gave up six runs on 10 hits. Caresio walked away with two of the three Seawolf hits. Sonoma State fell 6-0 in the final game of the series.
“We played well this entire weekend but some unfortunate things didn’t go our way,” said Caresio. “We are excited to play them again in playoffs at a neutral field and see how we fair against them then.”
Caresio finished 6-11 at the dish, a 0.545 average on the weekend.
The team’s record falls to 16-24 on the season and 14-15 in the CCAA.
After this weekend’s series the Seawolves have fallen two games out of the final playoff spot while the Wildcats maintain a 1-game lead for the top spot in the CCAA North Division.