With a final break in the rain, Sonoma State’s baseball team defeated Fresno Pacific in a 2-0 victory on Sunday at Santa Rosa Junior College.
“The weather was an issue the entire game, but our pitchers threw really well in the bad conditions, keeping us going,” said senior outfielder Daniel Caresio.
Even with the rain making the game difficult, starting pitcher Haydon Turpin gave the Seawolves confidence. Despite collecting a hit in the second and fourth innings, the Seawolves were still unable to score and the game continued to be a pitching duel.
Turpin went strong for five innings, giving up no runs and only two hits. With a change in pitching, it was now senior Aldo Severson’s turn to hold the 0-0 tie. Pitching being the main event of the game put tons of pressure on each at bat, and in the top of the sixth the Seawolves made their at bats count.
It all started with a single by Caresio past the first baseman, and the hits became contagious. Mitch West then grounded out to third base, advancing Caresio from first to second. Next up to bat was designated hitter Bryce Nagata who doubled to right center, scoring Caresio from second. Now with a man on second base, Sonoma leading 1-0, they were determined to get more runs. Following the double, it was Grant St. Martin’s turn and he put a ball into right field. This ball being strategically placed into right field scored Nagata from second and gave the Seawolves a 2-0 lead.
Sonoma State carried the 2-0 lead for the rest of the game, but ran into a bit of trouble in the top of the ninth. Although Sonoma State allowed a man to get to third and second base, Bennett kept his eyes on the victory and closed out the game.
“It was a pretty hard game to play in, but in the end our pitching really was better than theirs. We are now 3-0,” said junior catcher Kory Brown.
With this 2-0 victory over Fresno Pacific, Sonoma State baseball is now off to their best start since 2013. Hopefully they can continue their win streak with their next game against San Francisco State on Friday at the Seawolf Diamond.