Baseball team falls short of playoffs on final game of the season

The Sonoma State men’s baseball team walked away empty handed with dirty pants and aching muscles. The Seawolves’ season ended on a low note while on the road in San Francisco this weekend, losing 5-2 against the San Francisco State Gators on Sunday afternoon to ruin their hopes for playoffs. The men needed a big win, but quickly fell behind and couldn’t catch up in time.

Before Sunday’s game, the Seawolves were going strong after winning three previous games in the series. The men were in the right position to potentially score a spot in the playoffs after sweeping their doubleheader, 5-1 and 8-4 against the Gators on Saturday.

The Seawolves were hoping for a win themselves, while also anticipating a Cal State East Bay loss. This ideally would have placed the Seawolves in the final playoff spot in the CCAA North Division playoffs. However, East Bay took the victory over Cal State Monterey Bay, clinching the last spot.

The beginning of Sunday’s game was not looking in favor of the Seawolves. The Gators got an early start, scoring twice in the second and three times in the third inning, taking a 5-0 lead. However, things quickly turned around for Sonoma State during the top of the fourth inning. The Seawolves hit back-to-back homeruns on pitches to Matthew Richards and Tyler Glenn, making the score 5-2. 

In the sixth inning, Sonoma State had an opportunity make a dent in the deficit. They placed runners at second and third, with two outs and Glenn on the plate representing the tying run. Glenn, however, struck out, swinging on a 3-2 pitch to finish up the inning. The Seawolves managed to get three hits in the remainder of the game but couldn’t catch up to their opponent on the scoreboard, losing to the Gators 5-2.

“Today we lost, but we still had some fun,” said junior Adam Manzer. “Matt and Tyler went deep back-to-back, which was awesome. All in all it was a good series, but too little too late for our season.”

Junior Daniel Caresio scored a single to wrap up his season, going 10 for his last 17. Caresio also successfully hit in 12 of the last 14 games, which raised his batting average from .280 to .350, taking over the team lead in that category. To add, Ryan O’malley, Grant St. Martin and Richards each hit seven home runs, which tied for the team lead. O’Malley had 14 doubles, 32 RBI and 35 runs which were all team-bests. O’Malley also had two triples which tied with catcher Cody Morrison for the team-lead.

The Seawolves finished off their season 21-27 overall and 19-18 in the CCAA. The team finished fourth in the North Division behind Cal State Monterey Bay, Chico State, and Cal State East Bay.