With the season on the verge of coming to an end, the Sonoma State University baseball team hoped to get some big wins in the four-game series at Cal State Monterey Bay. Unfortunately, the Seawolves got more than they bargained for, only picking up one win this past week in Monterey Bay, bringing its league record to 16-16. The Seawolves and Otters started their weekend series on Friday afternoon for game one at the Otters Sports Complex in Seaside, California.
The Otters came out to play with an early lead in the bottom half of the first with three runs scored by a sacrifice fly, infield error, and an RBI single. The Seawolves tried to retaliate by scoring one run at the top half of the second after Trevor Abrams scored on an infield ground out to the second baseman, which Matthew Richards hit to pick up the RBI. The Otters came out hot at the bottom of the second, scoring six runs making the score 9-1 in favor of CSUMB.
The Seawolves were able to put up four more runs throughout the course of the game, but ultimately fell to the Otters,who put up six more runs and finished game one with a score of 15-5.
The Seawolves, hoping to bounce back on Saturday, were able to split the doubleheader, which brought more confidence to the team. Game one of the Saturday doubleheader started off slow in the beginning, but the Seawolves caught fire at the top of the fourth when Grant St. Martin homered to right field, which allowed Abrams to score and brought the score to 2-0. The Otters shortly tied the score back up at two in the bottom half of the fifth, off one RBI double to left field and a runner scored on a fielder’s choice ground ball out to second base, which put the score at 2-2. Going into the bottom half of the eighth inning, it was still a very tight and contested game until the Otters were able to secure an insurance run from an RBI single to right field from Ryan Winkler, which allowed Max Sanderson to score. The Otters were able to hold the Seawolves in the end by finishing them in game one of the doubleheader by a score of 3-2.
In the top of the first in game two, the Seawolves were able to pick up the first two runs of the match when Abrams reached on a RBI fielder’s choice to third base, allowing Daniel Caresio to score from third base. The Otters quickly fired back in the bottom half of the inning; Myles Hager blasted a sole home run to set off the tone for the Otters. Hayden Duer shortly after smacked a two-run home run to right center, which allowed Darren Kriz to score and brought the Otters to a commanding lead.
At the top half of the third, the Seawolves were able to bounce back from a bases loaded RBI walk from Jake Sahagian, which allowed Caresio to score. With Nathan Mann reaching on a fielder’s choice to third base, which allowed Nagata to score who singled earlier in the inning.
The Seawolves continued to look strong throughout the rest of game two by picking up two runs in every inning until the end of the game and holding the Otters to only picking up two more runs, which ended with a Seawolves victory of 12-5.
The two teams finished off the four-game series on Sunday morning. From the beginning, it looked like it was going to be a good game for the Seawolves to close out the series. At the top of the first, St. Martin started off the scoring momentum by hitting an RBI single, which allowed Mitch West to score from third base, which Joshua Montelongo followed with a three-run home run to left field that brought in Abrams and St. Martin.
The Seawolves were able to pick up one more run at the top of the second and at the top of the sixth on a sacrifice RBI fly ball from West that allowed Nicco Toni to score. However, they were unable to sustain their 6-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, where the Otters caught fire and put up eight runs which was enough insurance to secure the victory. The Otters finished with an 11-6 victory over Sonoma State.
The Seawolves didn’t get the result they wanted this weekend, but held fast and played hard until the end. With the tough loss, the Seawolves hold a 16-16 overall record, 20-18 in conference play. The Seawolves play Holy Names University next at the Seawolf Baseball Diamond on Tuesday and hope to get back into rhythm.