Seawolves outshine the Golden Eagles in Los Angeles

Hailee Zastrow

Staff Writer

 

The Golden Eagles weren’t feeling so golden after being defeated by the Seawolves over the weekend. 

The Sonoma State baseball team traveled to Los Angeles to play the Cal State LA Golden Eagles and left the city of angels with two victories in a 3-game series.

Both games in Saturday’s double header went into extra innings and ended the day with a split, winning the first game, 6-5, but falling just short in the second game, 4-3.

In game one, the Seawolves captured their first lead in the ninth inning when Ryan O’Malley hit a homerun on the first pitch he saw making it 5-4 but the Eagles answered right back in the bottom of the inning with a run of their own. Cal State LA and Sonoma State battled for over four hours until Matthew Richards singled home O’Malley to give them the lead in the 14th. Sophomore Cody Bennet took the mound in the bottom of the inning and preserved the save and the Seawolf win.

After a grueling and exhausting game one, the Golden Eagles handed the Seawolves their only loss of the weekend but they needed 10 innings to do so.

The Golden Eagles came back to tie it up twice before Dakota Hernandez singled up the middle giving them their winning run and the 4-3 victory.

Sunday morning’s rubber match sealed the series for the Seawolves with a8-3 victory locking in the most important win of the weekend. Down 3-2 to start the seventh inning, the Seawolves got a momentum-changing, 2-out, 2-run homer by Matthew Richards, which started a huge 3-run inning that proved to bejust what they needed to sail to victory.

The ninth inning put the nail in the coffin for the Golden Eagles. Richards reached on an error followed by a single by Adam Manzer and Spencer Neve was walked to juice the bases. Then, Golden Eagle reliever Holden Berger balked on the mound andRichards was sent home. After a pitching change, Tyler Glenn’s single plated Manzer making it 7-3 and Neve capped off a big Seawolf inning by scoring on a wild pitch and getting the last run of the game.

Five players made their impact this weekend with multi-hit games. Ryan O’Malley was in the middle of Sonoma State’s power lineup, going 3-for-5. Daniel Caresio, Richards, Neve, and Glenn joined O’Malley each with two hits, with Richards and Glenn also each driving in two runs.

Richards had an impressive weekend scoring all four times he reached base in Sunday’s game and contributing five hits, including a double and a homer, four RBIs and four runs scored during the series.

O’Malley’s weekend was also noteworthy with six hits, including a double and a homer too. The senior continues to contribute to his team and is one worth watching.

“It feels great,” O’Malley said. “All I could ask for is to go out with a championship and I think we have an opportunity to do so.” 

O’Malley leads all eligible CCAA hitters this season with a 1.239 OPS. The Seawolves improve to a 12-14 overall record and a 10-6 record in conference play. With only one day off, the Seawolves will hit Seawolf Diamond against San