With the pressure of an 11-game win streak on the line, the Sonoma State women’s softball team went into a week jam-packed with tough matchups.
The first sets of games were on Tuesday when the Seawolves took on UC San Diego in a double-header four-game series. Unfortunately, San Diego snapped the Seawolves’ win streaks, with Sonoma State losing the first game of day, 2-0.
In the first inning of game one, the Tritons came out hot with the team’s leadoff Hitter, Kendall Baker, singling to start out the game. The Tritons were able to move her over to third base and Baker ultimately scored off an illegal pitch. This put the score at 1-0 and Seawolves down in the first inning.
Determined to even out the score and take the lead, the Seawolves took its first at bat but were unable to score, leaving infielder Jenny Collazo on base. The Seawolves were unable to capitalize on its base hits, leaving three more players stranded on base.
As the teams battled back and forth, there wasn’t another run scored again until the fifth inning when the Tritons increased its lead by one. With Sonoma State unable to score, UC San Diego won the first game, 2-0.
Frustrated that the win streak was over, the Seawolves determined to regain focus for game two.
“We did want to keep winning and keep our streak going, but we were more focused on taking it one game at a time and remember to not get ahead of ourselves,” catcher Sarah Langley said.
In game two, UC San Diego came out hot again in the first inning, scoring two runs on three hits. Clearly the Tritons were hungry for another win as the team added to its lead in the top of the third, making the score 3-0. By the bottom of the third it was the Seawolves’ turn. With a single by Collazo to right center, Karly Macadangdang was able to score and the Seawolves were on the board, 3-1. The hits were contagious for the Seawolves the rest of the inning after a homerun by Lindsey Calcany Blair. Scoring three runs, the Seawolves took the lead 4-3.
The game went scoreless for four more innings, until the Tritons finally answered back from the Seawolves’ big inning and tied the game at 4-4, with a clutch homerun by Ashley Chestnut in the seventh inning.
Going into the ninth inning, the hits from both teams erupted. Kelsi Maday of the Tritons blasted a homerun to put the team up by one run, but Sonoma State answered back with a clutch homerun by Collazo, which sent the game into extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th freshman Madison Barto came up clutch, hitting a walk off three-run shot, making the score 8-5 and winning the game for her team.
“I knew once I made contact that the ball was going out and it felt so awesome to be the one to get the hit to help the team win,” Barto said.
Winning in a walk off fashion, Sonoma State determined to take its contagious hitting to the rest of the four-game series against UC San Diego. The Seawolves played the next set of games on Wednesday, fired up and ready for another double-header.
Game one was a pitcher’s duel. Brielle Vidmar was in the pitcher’s circle for the first game, and she dug deep. With the help of key hits by Jordann White and Langley, the Seawolves were able to hold the fort down in game one, winning 2-1.
Overwhelmed by the close pitching duel, Sonoma State knew it was going take more than two runs to win game two. Fired up, the Seawolves took the field and in game two of the double-header is when its bats came alive. With nine hits for the Seawolves in game two, it collected six runs, ultimately beating the Tritons 6-2.
With this win, the Seawolves won the four-game series 3-1, and moved to 23-8 overall and 18-6 in conference play.
On Thursday the Seawolves traveled to Turlock, where the team competed in The Tournament of Champions. The Seawolves took on Western Washington to start the tournament, where it won 5-1 over the Vikings.
With the game scoreless for the first two and half innings, the Seawolves came alive after the third inning. Scoring one run in the third and four in the fourth, Sonoma State was able to scrape together enough runs for its victory, 5-1.
In game one of Friday’s doubleheader, the Seawolves collected 11 hits, winning 7-2 over Concordia. Sonoma State scored early and often in game one and knew to do the same in game two against Northwest Nazarene.Northwest Nazarene scoring first left the Seawolves unphased as the team collected 13 hits for the overall game and scored nine runs, winning 9-1.
Undefeated so far in the tournament, Sonoma State squared off against Simon Frasier and Hawaii Pacific on Saturday. Using the momentum from the previous wins of the tournament, Sonoma State was able to pull of another victory in game one, 5-4.
The Seawolves were not as fortunate in its second game as Hawaii Pacific handed the team its first loss of the tournament, 8-5. The tables were turned again when the Seawolves picked up another loss in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader against Central Washington University. Although the Seawolves collected seven hits and four runs, it was simply not enough to top Central Washington’s 12 hits and six runs. Following this tough loss, Sonoma State was able to regain focus for game two, defeating Western Oregon 4-2.
Sonoma State went 5-2 overall for the Tournament of Champions. The Seawolves hope to continue its solid play as the team takes on San Francisco State at home in a four-game series on Friday and Saturday at the Seawolf Softball Field.