Sonoma State Softball team nearly sweep HSU Lumberjacks

With the season coming to a close, Sonoma State University’s softball team was able to upset the No. 3 ranked Humboldt State Lumberjacks 3-1 in a four game series, two games on Friday and two games on Saturday at the Seawolf Softball Field. 

In game one on Friday, the Seawolves had a rough start when the Lumberjacks were able to get runners on base and manufacture a run to start the game. Despite the early lead, the Seawolves battled back to keep the game close. 

Finally, in the bottom of the fourth the Seawolves were able get on the board. Jenny Collazo started the rally off with a single and the next four batters followed with the same. Just like that the Seawolves tied the game up 1-1, but that wasn’t all for the inning. 

With bases loaded, shortstop Alex Flores decided to join in on the fun and singled to left center, scoring Jordann White from third and giving the Seawolves the lead 2-1 over the Lumberjacks. 

With the bases still loaded, Jenn Amaral was able to work the count and walk, scoring Alyssa Cuffia from third base to make the score 3-1. The Seawolves still weren’t done scoring in the fourth as Alison Strycula flied out to centerfield to score Sarah Langley from third base. 

Sonoma State lead 4-1, and in the bottom of the fifth at their next at bats, the Seawolves added insult to injury. Collazo started it off again with a triple to center. Following her at bat, White doubled to score Callazo and Cuffia doubled as well to score White. 

As the inning came to a close, the Seawolves were able to score one more run off a fielder’s choice which made the score 7-1. With this lead, the Seawolves were able to hold the Lumberjacks to only scoring one run, and won game one on Friday 7-1. 

In game two on Friday, the Seawolves scored first. Karly Macadangdang tripled to left center and was able to score on a throwing error by the Lumberjacks’ shortstop, 1-0 Seawolves. 

With this one run, the Seawolves were able to keep the Lumberjacks from scoring the entire game and won game two on Friday 1-0.  

On Saturday, in game one, Sonoma State was again able to put the first runs on the board. In the bottom of the first, Collazo came up clutch again with a double to left field, scoring Macadangdang from second base. Collazo then advanced to third on a wild pitch, and was able to score on a throw by the Lumberjack’s catcher, making the score 2-0, the Seawolves with the lead. 

Finally in the top of the fourth, the Lumberjacks decided to show up and play and scored their first run of the game on a ground out to the first base. The Seawolves bounced back quickly and in the bottom of the fourth got that run back. 

With a single by Flores, Cuffia was able to score from third, giving Sonoma a 3-1 lead. Holding the lead and playing lock-down defense, the Seawolves were able to defeat the Lumberjacks again in game one on Saturday. 

In game two on Saturday, the Lumberjacks came out hot this time, scoring five runs in the first four innings and two more in the seventh. The Seawolves just couldn’t get anything started until late in the game and ultimately lost game two on Saturday 7-3. 

With this tough loss, the Seawolves were just one win shy of a series sweep. Next week the Sonoma State Softball team takes on rival Chico State in an imperative four-game series this Friday and Saturday at Chico.