Thursday began the Easter weekend series with the Sonoma State University baseball team facing Cal Poly Pomona Broncos. With the Seawolves’ record at 14-12 and the Broncos 15-11, the series was expected to be a close.
The Seawolves came up short the first two games, resulting in the first two losses of the series. Pomona took the first win of the series 11-4 and the second 10-3. With Pomona taking the first two games in the series, it was the Seawolves’ turn to get back in the game and end on a good note.
Friday’s second game is where the Seawolves got their first win in the series against the Broncos, 5-3.
The game began with the Seawolves leading 1-0, but the Broncos didn’t make it easy for Sonoma State to pull it out. Pomona got a run in the third and two more in the fourth to put them back on top.
Sonoma State turned it around in the sixth inning to cut the lead deficit to one, when Jake Sahagian got a hit down the right field line resulting in a double to score Rayson Romero.
Romero ended the game going 2-3, with two runs scored and two RBIs to help the Seawolves earn the win over the Broncos.
“I think after going down 0-2 in the series we just really came together as a group,” said Romero. “The mindset was to do whatever it took to win so that we could have the chance to split the series on Saturday.”
Saturday was the last opportunity for the Seawolves to tie up the series and leave Pomona on a high note. The Broncos took the first lead of the final game of the series, putting up three runs on the board in the first inning. But the Seawolves didn’t give up just yet.
Nicco Toni and Nathan Mann each singled before pulling off two steals prior to Bryce Nagata’s walk, leaving the Seawolves with the bases loaded. Romero pulled off a 3-2 pitch to the left side, clearing the bases with a double. With the momentum of three prior runs scored, Anthony Clyma followed up with a double to the right side of the field, allowing Romero to score.
The Seawolves added another three runs to the scoreboard by the end of the fourth inning, and it didn’t stop there. Sahagian hit a sacrifice fly to right field bringing home Romero.
With bases loaded, senior outfielder Matthew Richards took a 3-2 pitch to the body bringing home Clyma.
The final run was scored with Nagata’s second hit of the game, Richards crossed the plate to end the game 9-7. The Seawolves came out with another win over the Broncos, officially tying the series 2-2.
“I think in the first two games we caught some bad breaks and allowed big innings for them to score,” said Richards. “But with the last two games we knew we had to match their offense, so we came out with a more aggressive mindset to finish the series.”
“Coming from behind for victories in game three and game four showed a lot of character in our guys,” said Romero. “In order to be a playoff team in this league, we will need to grind out deficits and be able to come from behind to beat teams.”
Sonoma State’s record is now at 16-14 and are 12-12 in conference play. In their next four-game series, the Seawolves host the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes at the Seawolf Diamond.