Baseball team falls twice to UC San Diego

The Sonoma State baseball team traveled down to San Diego this weekend for a three-game series against the UC San Diego Tritons. The Seawolves were able to take the first of the series, then fell to the No. 5 ranked team in the second and third. 

The Seawolves sent Haydon Turpin out to the mound for the opening game, who has been their most consistent pitcher this season. Turpin earned his fifth win of the season, throwing 6.2 strong innings, allowing one unearned run on six hits and collecting seven punchouts.

“UCSD was a tough weekend for us,” said Turpin. “They were a fundamentally sound team and executed well. They had a lot of big innings that we just couldn’t bounce back from.”

Turpin was sailing after his offense provided him with a three-run lead in the first inning off of a Mitch West double down the left field line, plating Daniel Caresio, an RBI single up the middle by Nathan Mann to score West, then an RBI sacrifice fly by Matt Richards. 

Sonoma would tack on two more insurance runs in the fourth on an RBI single by West, and a run-scoring fielder’s choice by Joshua Montelongo.

The Tritons put up an unearned run in retaliation in the sixth on a double and an error, but senior Ricky Clark came in and pitched the remainder of the game, getting the final seven outs and not allowing a hit, with just one walk and three strikeouts, earning his second save of the season.

“Yeah, UCSD is a top team in the nation for a reason,” said Clark. “We got our weekend off to a good start, just didn’t play good team ball on Sunday. I’m confident we’ll fix the mistakes we made in time for our midweek games and the upcoming weekend against LA. We’re a good team just have to get it rolling and we’ll be scary down the road.”

The Seawolves did not have as much luck in the second game of the series, as they sent out another one of their consistent senior starters Matt Hammonds, who was plagued with unearned runs. Hammonds threw 4.1 innings with three strikeouts, surrendering six hits, three walks, and seven runs, only three of which were earned.

The Tritons put up two in the third on a two-run single by third baseman JD Hearn, then two more unearned runs in the fourth on a throwing error and a sacrifice fly. They would tack on by putting up three more in the fifth on two home runs, taking a commanding 8-0 lead.

Sonoma State put up a fight run in the seventh on a single up the middle by Nicco Toni, scoring Richards. The Tritons would put up three more runs in the seventh and eighth innings to finish off the 11-1 victory.

The third game of the series was essentially the same story. The Tritons had eight extra base hits in the game, including three home runs, two of which were hit by their first baseman Tyler Durna, who finished with two hits, a walk, four runs, and four RBI’s. The Tritons put up the first 13 runs of the game until the eighth when the Seawolves’ shortstop Rayson Romero scored on a bases-loaded walk by Grant St. Martin.The Tritons then put up one more run in the eighth on a solo homer to go up 14-1 and secure the win of the series.

“Game one we played well as a team and our pitching staff was able to lock down their lineup,” said St. Martin. Games two and three were a bit of a struggle, but we will put in a good week of practice and bounce back this weekend against Cal State LA.”

The Seawolves’ next game will be a Tuesday doubleheader at San Francisco State starting at noon.