The high-flying Sonoma State baseball team traveled to Turlock this weekend and split a four-game series with Stanislaus State.
In the first game, the Warriors began the scoring in the fourth inning on a throwing error on an attempted pickoff. The next half inning, the Seawolves brought the lead back in their favor 2-1 on a Mitch West double that plated Daniel Caresio, and a Grant St. Martin single to left field, scoring West.
They would tack on another run in the sixth on a Rayson Romero double down the left field line, bringing the score to 3-1 in the Seawolves’ favor. The Warriors would then put up three runs in the home half of the inning on two RBI singles and a throwing error. The Seawolves weren’t quite done, tying the game 4-4 the next inning on a Joshua Montelongo RBI single to right field. The Warriors would eventually prevail, putting up two runs in the eighth to take the victory.
“This series was a weird one,” said senior outfielder Daniel Caresio. “We easily should have won three games, but that’s just how the game works; it pushed you great distances to succeed and our team is good enough to overcome adversity and be a championship team. We need a solid week of practice to get ready for our series with Chico this coming weekend.”
Romero and West finished with three hits a piece. Senior starter Matt Hammonds had a tough no decision, throwing 5.1 innings and striking out four, while only surrendering three hits, one walk, and three runs (only one was earned).
“We battled hard the whole series,” said Hammonds. “We beat ourselves in the first game, made five errors in big time situations which gave them the game. It’s tough to play on the road, so splitting isn’t the end of the world, but we wanted to win the series. We just need to keep our heads up and focus on Chico coming to town next weekend.”
The second game was a different story. The Seawolves’ offense came out swinging in game two. West plated Caresio on a sacrifice fly to right field to start off the scoring in the first, followed by another run in the fifth on a Kory Brown solo home run down the right field line.
The Warriors would put up their only run in response in the home half of the fifth, bringing the score back to 2-1, then the Seawolves just ran away with it.
St. Martin scored West in the sixth on a double to left center, then in the seventh, Montelongo scored St. Martin and West on a single with an error. Nathan Mann would later drive in Matt Richards on an RBI single, followed by another RBI single by Kory Brown.
Sonoma State would put up their final two runs in the eighth on a Montelongo two-run single up the middle, bringing us to the final score of 9-1.
“This year we have a team that has a lot of potential and chemistry,” said sophomore first baseman St. Martin. “I think we are definitely top contenders for the North division and the whole CCAA. Our pitching staff has been very solid for us thus far, and our offense will be a force to be reckoned with once we are firing on all cylinders.”
Senior starter Haydon Turpin has been lights-out this season, earning the win in game two, making his record a perfect 3-0 on the year. Turpin went for seven strong shutout innings, surrendering only three hits and striking out five.
“Not much to say this week,” said Turpin. “This weekend did not go the way we planned it, but that’s how baseball goes. Luckily for us, there’s a lot of season left. We have a big series next weekend against Chico. We need to have a good week of practice and come out to play Friday.”
Saturday afternoon the two teams were back at it again. In game one, this time it was a Stanislaus State offensive explosion. The Warriors put up six runs in the second inning, five in the fourth, and one in the fifth; making it 12-0.
The Seawolves would put up two retaliation runs in the sixth on a Jake Sahagian sacrifice fly to fight and a throwing error by the third baseman that scored St. Martin. The Warriors went on to put up another run in the sixth and seventh, collecting a victory with a final score of 14-2.
The Seawolves then finished off the series strong, winning game two on Saturday, 3-0. The scoring was done early, as the Seawolves put up one run in the first on a Bryce Nagata double down the left field line scoring West, and their final two runs in the third inning on two RBI doubles by Matt Richards and Nicco Toni.
It was a great outing for Sonoma State’s starter Cody Bennett, who went six shutout innings while allowing three hits, two walks, and striking out three. Bennett is now 1-1 on the season.
The Seawolves bring their overall record on the season to 8-4, and 5-3 in conference play. Their next series will be at home against Chico State, and first pitch is set to throw at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.