With only eight games left in the season, the Sonoma State University softball team continues to strive for wins.
On Friday and Saturday, the Seawolves traveled to Hayward where they battled against Cal State East Bay in a four-game series, with two games on Friday and two on Saturday at the Pioneers Softball Field.
In game one of Friday’s doubleheader, the Seawolves had a slow start in the top of the first, scoring no runs. Brielle Vidmar took the pitcher’s circle for the Seawolves determined to hold the score at 0-0.
Unfortunately for the Seawolves, their opponents came out hot in their first at bat, scoring two runs making the score 2-0 in favor of the Pioneers. Two RBI doubles by Sara Fukushima and Ali Cerminara of the Pioneers brought in the two runs.
Unable to even out the score, the Seawolves fell to the Pioneers in game one on Friday, 2-0. Frustrated after a scoreless game, the Seawolves were hungry and pumped up for game two.
In game two, the Seawolves again had a rough start, unable to score any runs in the top of the first and leaving one Seawolf on base. Once again, the Pioneers came out to play in their first at bat in the bottom of the first when Fukushima homered. Luckily for Sonoma State, it was just a solo shot scoring one run, but now the Seawolves were in the hole 1-0 in the first, Pioneers leading.
With both teams battling to increase their run count, the score stayed stagnant until the top of the fourth when the Seawolves finally got on board with a huge home run to center field by Alyssa Cuffia, tying the game 1-1. The tie didn’t last long. In the bottom of the fourth, the Pioneers answered back with another home run.
With the Pioneers taking the lead again, the Seawolves knew they had to bounce back. With runners on base, Jenny Collazo of the Seawolves took matters into her own hands, blasting a two-run homerun to right center. With this, the Seawolves gained the lead 3-2.
Gaining the momentum, the Seawolves knew they had to keep scoring, and in the bottom of the sixth they did just that. Collazo was able to homer again, but this time it was a three-run bomb, making the score 6-2. The Pioneers, with one last effort collected two more runs in the bottom sixth and the seventh, but it just wasn’t enough. The Seawolves, with three home runs, were victorious in game two, 6-4.
Coming off this strong offensive performance, the Seawolves were ready to take on the Pioneers for the rest of the series.
In game one on Saturday, both teams started off slow. In the top of the second, the Seawolves were able to manufacture some base runners and on a fielder’s choice they scored Cuffia from third, and on walk they scored Jenn Amaral. The Seawolves were first on the board, making the score 2-0.
In the bottom of the second, with a single up the middle by Jennifer Palmares, the Pioneers were able to score Marisa Lerma from third base making the score 2-1, Seawolves still leading. With the Seawolves’ lead slowly diminishing, the team rallied and in the top of the third increased its lead.
Alex Flores got the RBI train rolling with a single down the line, scoring both Jordann White and Cuffia. Next for the Seawolves was Brigid Ruiz, with a single down the line that allowed Amaral and Flores to score. With this big inning, the Seawolves were now up 6-1.
With the Seawolves in control, the Pioneers showed some light in the bottom of the third, picking up another run off a double by Fukushima and scoring Ashley Allen from third base making the score 6-2, Seawolves still leading. Bouncing back in their next at bat, the Seawolves were able to score off a solo home run by White. The Seawolves held the score for the rest of the game, winning 7-2 in game one on Saturday.
For game two on Saturday, the Seawolves were flat, and the Pioneers were the ones to come out to play. In the bottom of the second they collected their first run off a single by Emilie Portesi, scoring Tanya Galvan from third. From then on out, the Pioneers scored runs every time they were at bat, skunking the Seawolves in a 5-0 victory.
With this loss, the Seawolves still split the series with the Pioneers 2-2. The Seawolves play Humboldt State next in a four-game series at the Seawolf Softball Field on Friday and Saturday in hopes of a playoff run.