he Sonoma State Seawolves and the San Francisco State Gators both traveled up to Sypher Field in Santa Rosa to face off in a Friday afternoon doubleheader.
The first game proved fruitful for the Seawolves. After a lone RBI single by the Gators in the third, the Seawolves would answer with four individual runs of their own. Mitch West drove in Nathan Mann on an RBI single in the home half of the third, Mann scored again in the fifth on a groundout to second base by Daniel Caresio. Then Bryce Nagata would score once in the sixth off of a Montelongo single and in the eighth off of a Grant St. Martin double to give the final score of game one, 4-1.
Senior starter Haydon Turpin earned his second win of the season going five strong innings with four strikeouts, while surrendering four hits, two walks, and one earned run. Aldo Severson earned his first save of the season, throwing the game’s remaining four innings while only surrendering one hit.
“I was really impressed with the way our team played this weekend,” said Turpin. “We played together as a whole and everyone picked each other up. The intensity in the dugout was great. It was disappointing to lose that last game of the series the way we did but that’s baseball. Good teams bounce back from losses like that and I’m hoping we will get the job done next week against Stanislaus State.”
The Seawolves didn’t hold anything back in the second game either, as they open the match with a three-run homer by Grant St. Martin in the first, scoring West and Caresio. The 3-0 score would remain until the seventh inning when the Gators got a run on a deep sacrifice fly, and a two-run double by Caresio in the home half of the inning, plating Riley Jones and Nicco Toni.
After the Gators put up an unearned run in the 8th, the foot was taken off the gas, as the game finished 5-2 in Sonoma State’s favor. Senior right-handed pitcher Matt Hammonds threw a gem, lasting six full, shutout innings with three strikeouts, while only allowing four hits and no walks.
“The games this weekend went well,” said senior outfielder Caresio. “Our pitching has been really solid and keeping us in games and our offense is producing and doing the little things right. Good teams always rebound from a loss and I feel like this team really has what it takes to do great things this year.”
After a great start to the weekend on Friday, The Gators and Seawolves joined together again on Santa Rosa JC’s field for a Sunday afternoon doubleheader.
Sonoma had a huge offensive performance in game one, as the began the scoring on a Jake Sahagian solo homerun to right field in the second. The score would remain 1-0 until the sixth inning when Sahagian and St. Martin scored on a Mann double down the left field line, followed by a sacrifice fly by Kory Brown, scoring Mann. The Gators would retaliate with their only run in the 8th on an RBI single. Then in the ninth, the Seawolves capped off their scoring performance with an RBI single by West and a grand slam by Jackson Leslie to left field.
Ricky Clark collected his first win of the season in the first game, throwing six shutout innings with four strikeouts, one hit and one walk surrendered.
“We haven’t gotten off to a start like this in the four years I’ve been here so that’s been nice,” said Clark. “Getting rained out is always tough because you want to play and get games in before conference play but we’re doing a good job of taking it one game at a time no matter how our adjusted schedule plays out. This weekend was good for us; taking three games from anyone in the CCAA puts you in a good spot. So far we’re scoring runs when we need to, playing good team defense, and pitching well, so that’s a good formula. The key is to play that way every weekend.”
The Seawolves’ fortune would slightly change in their fourth game of the weekend against the Gators. They got off to a good start, putting up three runs in the first on an RBI single by Nagata, a run scoring groundout by St. Martin, and a sacrifice fly by Mann. The Gators would come back to tie it at three with a two-run homer in the fourth and an RBI single in the fifth.
After putting up another run in the top half of the seventh on an RBI double from Mann, the Gators would walk-off in the bottom half, tying the game at 4, scoring on an error by second baseman Jackson Leslie, then scoring the unearned game-winning run on a single up the middle.
Taking three out of four this weekend adds to the team’s hot start. The Seawolves are currently 6-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play. Their next game will be this Tuesday at 2 p.m. on the Sonoma State baseball field.