The Sonoma State University men’s baseball team had a hefty schedule this past week, totaling five games in a five-day span. They first participated in a midweek doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon, traveling down to San Francisco to play in front of a crowd of 102 at Maloney Field.
The Seawolves got the upper hand early, scoring three in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly by Noah Lyndall, an RBI single by Alex Emerick, and then Isaiah Engman scored on a balk. The Gators’ retaliation was fierce in the bottom of the second, putting up five runs on two run-scoring hits, a sacrifice fly, a wild pitch, and a balk. The Gators would put up two more runs in the bottom of the third on a double and a sacrifice fly.
Joshua Montelongo would hit a two-run homerun in the fifth inning for the Seawolves before the Gators tacked on four more insurance runs, winning game one 12-5. Dylan Hecht got tagged with his first loss of the season, while the Gator’s Jordan Yrastorza earned his first victory of the season.
Game two was another high-scoring affair. The Seawolves tallied the first run in the top of the first, as Grant St. Martin drove in Bryce Nagata on a fielder’s choice. The Gators evened the score in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout to shortstop. They then took the upper hand in the home half of the second on a wild pitch.
The Seawolves took back the lead in the fourth on a run-scoring single by Trevor Abrams, and then scored on a wild pitch. Mitch West also hit a double to left center that plated Rayson Romero and Nicco Toni, followed by a two-run single to center field by St. Martin, scoring West and Nagata.
A two-run single to left by Abrams that scored Jake Sahagian and St. Martin capped off the innings’ scoring. Sonoma tacked on one more in the fifth on an RBI single by Montelongo, scoring Romero. The Gators would put up five runs in retaliation, but Sonoma State came out victorious 10-8.
Mitch Coombs earned his first win of the season for the Seawolves, while Ricky Clark continued his strong season, throwing an inning and two-thirds shutout innings while only allowing one hit and earning his third save of the season.
After splitting the two game series with San Francisco State, the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles traveled up to the Seawolf Diamond to play in a three-game weekend series. In game one, the Golden Eagles took control early, going up 3-0 on two home runs. The Seawolves then put up two rebuttal runs on an RBI single by Romero, scoring Abrams, and an RBI groundout to second by Caresio that scored Romero. The Golden Eagles put up two in the seventh and one in the eighth to take the 6-2 victory over Sonoma. The Seawolves’ ace, Haydon Turpin, got tagged with his second loss of the year and stands at 5-2.
Game two proved more fruitful for Sonoma State, as it took the lead in the bottom of the first on a three-run home run by Abrams that plated West and Caresio. Then, in the second inning Caresio would drive in Nathan Mann on a ground ball to second, followed by a two-run double by Mann in the third that scored Matt Richards and Abrams.
Sonoma State coasted until the Golden Eagles put up a run in both the eighth and ninth inning, but came away with the 6-2 victory. Senior Starter Matt Hammonds earned his third win of the season, throwing seven shutout innings, while allowing no walks, four hits, and collecting seven punchouts.
“It was a great game for out team,” Hammonds said. “Trev came up with a huge home run and that was all I needed to get the job done. Nicco was putting down the signs and my defense behind me was stellar. Overall great game, and I’m excited to get back on the mound and try to repeat it.”
The two teams headed back out to the field for the tie-breaker on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Eagles put up all of its four runs in the top of the fourth inning on a three-run home run and an RBI single. The Seawolves put up their lone run in the eighth when Richards doubled and a sacrifice fly by West drove him in , but ultimately, Cal State Los Angeles left with the 4-1 victory and a win in the series.
“I have no doubt that we’ll be back on track in the coming games,” Richards said. “Our pitchers have been great all year and they keep us in every game.”
The Golden Eagles starter Greg Humbert earned his second victory of the season, and the Golden Eagles handed Seawolves’ Aldo Severson his third loss of the year and is now 3-3. Ricky Clark, however, came in relief of Severson and continued to leave a stamp on his senior season, as he threw four and two-thirds shutout innings, allowing no walks, only three hits and striking out five.
“This weekend didn’t go the way we wanted it to. We know we are a better team than what we showed,” said Clark. “At this point in the year we really have to clean up the mental mistakes we are making to get back on track. With us fighting for a playoff spot, now would be a great time to get hot, and I think we will. We have yet to play our best, but we are confident we can get to where we want to be.”
The Seawolves’ overall record fell to 14-13 and 10-11 in conference play. Sonoma State’s next game will be an away three-game series against San Bernardino, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch of game one is set for 11 a.m.