With the end of the season in sight, Sonoma State University’s softball team hoped for some big victories in the season-ending four-game series against the Chico State Wildcats at Chico State University on Friday and Saturday.
In game one on Friday afternoon, the Wildcats got the ball rolling from the start with a huge two-run homerun to center field from Claire Wayne that allowed Ari Marsh to score, as she was on base from an error earlier in the inning. The Wildcats struck back again in the bottom half of the fifth inning by securing two RBI doubles from Kristin Worley and Marsh, which extended the lead to 4-0.
Chico State was able to put up one more run in the bottom half of the sixth inning, which lead them to a commanding 5-0 lead going into the final inning. The Seawolves were able to pick up one run in the top of the seventh, but came up short to the Wildcats with a score of 5-1.
In game two on Friday, the Seawolves hoped to bounce back from game one, and they came out swinging. In the top half of the first, Sarah Langley singled to left field, which allowed Jenny Collazo to score and put the Seawolves at a 1-0 lead. The Wildcats quickly bounced back with two RBI singles in the bottom half of the inning that brought the score to a 2-1 lead in favor of the Wildcats. In the top of the second, the Seawolves were able to bounce back up to a 5-2 lead by way of two RBI singles, one RBI double, and an unearned run.
Karly Macadangdang and Alyssa Cuffia secured the two RBI singles, and Langley picked up an RBI double to right center which brought the Seawolves to a 5-2 lead going into the bottom half of the inning. The Wildcats came back, tying the game at 5-5 after an RBI single and a two-run homer. The Wildcats continued to keep the pace going by putting up three more runs in the bottom half of the third inning, which brought the score to an 8-5 lead in favor of Chico State. The Seawolves were able to put up one more run in the top half of the fifth, but ultimately fell to the Wildcats by a score of 8-6 in the final game played on Friday afternoon.
On Saturday, the Seawolves were able to put up the first runs on the board, which started in the top half of the third. In the top of the third, Macadangdang hit an RBI single to center field, which allowed Bridgid Ruiz to score. In the top of the fourth, the Seawolves were able to score and reach base on an error hit by Langley.
The Seawolves had a 2-0 lead going into the bottom half of the fifth inning until the Wildcats bounced back with an RBI single to bring the score to 2-1. In the top of the seventh, the Seawolves were able to put up an insurance run by way of an RBI single by Collazo, which brought the team to a 3-1 lead and ultimately led to a much-needed victory in game one of the double-header on Saturday afternoon.
In game two on Saturday, the Wildcats came out in the bottom half of the first with a 1-0 lead with a RBI single by Marsh. It was a very quiet game going into the top half of the seventh until the Seawolves were able to get a run on the board from an RBI single to center field by Jordann White, which allowed Macadangdang to score. The Seawolves were able to bounce back in the late innings but ultimately fell to the Wildcats in extra innings with a score of 2-1.
Unfortunately, the Seawolves didn’t get the results they wanted this weekend. With the tough loss, the Seawolves hold a 36-18 overall record, 26-14 in conference play. The Sonoma State softball team will not qualify for the CCAA tournament after finishing fifth place overall, but will hopefully qualify for the NCAA tournament after placing fourth in the West Region.