The Sonoma State University softball team finally played its first league series games of the spring 2018 season. After splitting the matchups, the unit was brought to an overall record of 5-4.
Friday was an interesting day for the team as it began with a difficult loss of 9-1. As a result of this game the team realized it needed to “sharpen up defensively a little bit … and continue to hit on early in the game,” said Brielle Vidmar.
The Tritons entered the game strong as they scored three runs each in the first and second inning. The two teams each kept a strong defense as neither team was able to score in the third inning. However, the Tritons slipped in one run in the fourth inning and two in the fifth inning. The Seawolves refused to let the team fully sweep them, with Alex Flores was able to score home.
“UCSD capitalized on our defensive and offensive mistakes,” Lindsey Calcany Blair said. Sonoma State was extremely low in hitting during this game, as its hitting record was exactly half as much as San Diego. San Diego managed to get a record of 12 hits within the game, compared to six for Sonoma State.
The second game was better for the Seawolves as they picked up a win of 2-0. As an example of a total turn around, Cameron Kirtlan slammed a triple to the right center. This game brought much excitement and intensity to the team.
Vidmar said, “It was great to come out victorious in that situation.” Even though the Seawolves only scored in the first inning by Julie Davis and by Alyssa Cuffia in the fourth inning, they managed to prevent the Tritons from scoring the whole game with the help of Vidmar with a four hit shutout.“Brielle had a great shutout victory for us,” Calcany Blair said.
Saturday provided a clean slate for the team with another win of 4-2 and a close loss of 8-5. Both teams were struggling with their hitting, as neither team was able to score in the first and second inning. The Seawolves were finally able to score two runs within the third inning and fourth inning by Brigid Ruiz, Flores, Sarah Langley, and Cuffia. The Tritons managed to get their chance to squeeze two runs in the fifth inning.
The Seawolves and the Tritons battled a close game to end the weekend.
“UCSD had some big hitters to give them some clutch homers,” Calcany Blair said.
The Tritons started off the game with six runs in the first inning. Then the Seawolves fought with two runs in the third inning, one in the fourth inning, and lastly two in the fifth inning. But as much as the Seawolves tried, the Tritons ended up on top with a final two runs in the sixth inning.
The girls will be back Wednesday for their first home game against Dominican University at 2 p.m.