The Sonoma State University softball team faced the Cal State East Bay Pioneers last weekend in a well contested four-game series in Rohnert Park. During this weekend series, the Seawolves split the games with the opposing Pioneers.
“We didn’t want the split with East Bay this weekend and were really pushing for three or four wins to help separate us more in conference from the other teams below us,” said junior utility Lindsey Calcany Blair.
On Friday afternoon, the Seawolves faced the Pioneers in a double-header to start off the four-game weekend series. In game one, the Seawolves fell to the Pioneers by a score of 7-3.
Cal State East Bay came on very strong in the opening innings, where it picked up two runs in the second and scored in the third inning to make the score 3-0.
In the bottom half of the third, Karly Macadangdang homered to center field to bring in Julie Davis and put the score at 3-2 after three innings.
Cal State East Bay continued its pressure into the later innings by stacking on four more runs by the end of the sixth. The Seawolves were able to pick up one more run in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI double by Alex Flores, but came a little too late.
In game two of Friday’s doubleheader, the Seawolves came out strong with a 7-4 victory over the Pioneers.
The both teams started off quick by putting up one run a piece in the first inning, with Macadangdang scoring for the Seawolves off an error by the Pioneers.
The Pioneers took back the lead in the third with Sarah Fukushima smacking a two-run RBI triple into right field and then scoring in the following play to make it 4-1.
The Seawolves cut the lead in the bottom of third with Pioneer Jocelyn Baldon scoring off an RBI sacrifice fly by Davis to make the score 4-2. The Seawolves came out fighting in fourth inning where they caught fire after a decisive error by the Pioneers that put the Seawolves back in the right direction, and Calcany Blair was able to score off of it.
The Seawolves scored next after a single by Flores. Jenn Amaral also ended up scoring off a defensive error done by the Pioneers, which helped bring the Seawolves to a 5-4 lead. They continued the momentum when Cameron Kirtlan hit a two-run RBI single that brought in Davis and Holly Chandler and allowed the Seawolves to secure a much-needed win with a score of 7-4.
In game one on Saturday afternoon, the Seawolved fell to the Pioneers 2-1 after a hard fought 13 innings of play.
The Pioneers picked up a 1-0 lead early after a RBI single by Baldon, which allowed Fukushima to score.
The Seawolves tied up the score in the fifth inning with an RBI single to third base that allowed Flores, who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning, to score.
The game remained scoreless for seven more innings until the Pioneers ended up scoring in the 13th inning to secure the victory for game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.
In game two, the Seawolves came away with the victory with a score of 4-2 to split the weekend series.
After five innings, the Seawolves finally put some runs on the board after Amaral scored to start off the fifth inning.
The Seawolves were also lead by Alee Balanon who smashed a three-run RBI home run that brought Calcany Blair and Ruiz in to score, which brought the final score of 4-2.
“After these games we are looking to bounce back and continue strong throughout the rest of the season. We are gearing up in preparation for some tougher teams and are excited to get some big wins,” said Calcany Blair.
The Seawolves record with this series split will move their overall record to 23-12 and 15-7 in conference play.
The softball team will be playing a weekend series away against Stanislaus State this upcoming weekend, starting at 4 p.m. on Friday in Turlock.