Playing the top seed baseball team Cal State Monterey Bay, Sonoma State University knew it needed to bring the heat.
After a long tireless weekend during the final game and extra innings the Seawolves gave it their all, winning 8-7.
Starting off Friday at 2 p.m. in the first inning the Seawolves and the Otters had tied each other 1-1. In the top of the third Monterey Bay came back with a three-run homer.
Junior outfielder Zach Guardino drove a ball deep, scoring Bryce Nagata. Sonoma State was not giving up.
Finishing off the inning was Joshua Lenney and Grant St. Martin, both with swinging strikeouts and leaving Sonoma State’s men on base not scoring.
In the top of the fifth, Monterey Bay brought in run after run, pushing the Otters’ lead 11-2.
Returning to the Seawolf Diamond at 11 a.m. for game one was starting pitcher Michael Warning.
In the top of the third the Otters advanced to a 3-0 lead. It wasn’t looking promising for the Seawolves. Monterey Bay’s Hayden Duer smashed Warning’s pitch out of the park and over the left field wall.
Sonoma State had the bases loaded, but unfortunately Joshua Montelongo and Lenney struck out ending the inning for the Seawolves.
Error after error from the Seawolves allowed Monterey Bay’s player Connor Caspersen to score in the seventh. Sonoma State lost with a final score of 7-0.
Game two on Saturday resulted in yet another loss for the Seawolves. Sonoma State battled it out against Monterey Bay’s pitching staff for six innings.
Senior Mitch West came in hot during the second inning with a homerun over left field, and the Seawolves took the lead 1-0.
Jackson Berumen only allowed one hit during his three-inning outing.
Matthew Richards started off the sixth with a hit pitch. Later in that inning Richards rounded third in hopes to score. However, he was unable to beat the throw by Kyle Guerra.
The Seawolves took the lead 2-1 when an RBI single from Anthony Clyma scored Medina.
St. Martin took the mound in hopes to lock up the game for the first Seawolf win.
The Otters won the game by six straight balls and two walks to home, ending with a final score of 3-2.
To end the series on Sunday, Sonoma State came back with a tenth-inning win 8-7 over the number one team.
Michael Byerline started off pitching and having an excellent performance, only giving up three runs to the Otters.
“Overall I feel really good about my performance today. Even when I got myself into a jam, I was able to get out of it for the most part,” he said. “My body felt great today physically, which is a great feeling heading into the last few weeks of the season and into playoffs.”
Guardino and Rayson Romero started it off for the Seawolves, each scoring in the first inning. But the Otters came back in the top of the second.
The Seawolves pushed harder in the fourth and fifth with senior infielder Nathan Mann’s hit allowing the Seawolves yet another run.
Coming in to relieve Byerline was a transfer from Skyline College making his 10th appearance as a Sonoma State Seawolf; right-handed pitcher Rory McDaid.
“In a situation like that with no outs, I wanted to come in a fill up the strike zone and ultimately get a ground ball and try to turn a double play,” McDaid said.
The Otters were coming back strong in the sixth, but that had nothing on the Seawolves’ drive.
Going into the top of the ninth Monterey Bay came back with the lead. But Sonoma State was able to keep it on its toes and tie up the game, forcing extra innings.
On the top of the 10th, pressures were high when Monterey Bay took the lead 7-6. Sonoma State came back with bases loaded and two outs, while Mann singled up the middle, scoring the tying run.
Mitch West rounded third, also scoring at home for a Seawolf win, 8-7.
“It felt amazing, I was really happy and fortunate to help the team win,” Mann said.
Sonoma State will face off against Cal State East Bay at 3 p.m. on Friday in Hayward.