The Sonoma State Seawolves softball team split their doubleheader against the Chico State Wildcats on Friday, Feb. 22.
This was a big deal for the Seawolves after getting swept by Chico State in last year’s softball season. It’s safe to say the Seawolves came out with a chip on their shoulders.
The sun was shining and the wind was blowing in the perfect direction of the outfield fence for some big hitting. The Seawolves, unfortunately, lost their first game to Chico State 8-0. Chico’s pitcher Brooke Larsen, a transfer from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, threw a one hitter against the Seawolves, making the Wildcats 8-2 in conference games.
Sonoma State won their second game against the Wildcats 6-5 with Teresa Danenberg pitching for the Seawolves. Danenberg did a fantastic job at holding the Wildcats 6-0 until the 6th inning when Chico State scored 3 runs.
When Danenberg was asked about how she felt stepping onto the pitcher’s mound she said, “My mentality onto the mound was really confident. I’ve pitched well against them in the past, so knowing their hitters well already helped me I think.” Danenberg continued by saying, “Also, knowing my team could bring the offense gave me support.”
Chico State threw a total of three different pitchers to try and disrupt the Seawolves hitting streak in the second game.
Designated hitter Jordann White helped the Seawolves on their fight towards victory when she went 3-for-4 hitting against the Wildcats with a bunt, a single, and a double. White’s exemplary hitting resulted in 4 RBIs and a stolen base.
Jordann White said her approach at the plate was, “To hit hard ground balls. I just focused on attacking the ball early in the count and committing to my swing.”
Left fielder, Cameron Kirtlan also did a great job offensively by going 2 for 3 in her at-bats against Chico State. Kirtlan came out swinging hard and earned herself a double, a triple, and an RBI.
When asked what adjustments the team made after the first game Kirtlan said, “We made our adjustments at the plate and came out with better energy and mentality.” In preparation for future games Kirtlan said, “Once we can start making less errors we can be successful.”
The sun quickly faded and the game came to a close end when Chico batted in two runs; making the score 6-5. Everyone in the stands was on the edge of their seats with two outs and a runner on third. The next at bat would determine whether or not the Seawolves could walk away with a win at the top of the seventh inning. Teresa Danenberg got the third out by striking out the last batter, resulting in a Seawolves victory against the Chico State Wildcats.
The Sonoma State softball players proved that they can not only hang with Chico State, but that they can also beat them.
The series against Chico State ended Saturday, Feb. 23 and you can catch Saturday’s scores online at sonomaseawolves.com. The Seawolves next series will be away games against Cal State Dominguez Hills. Their next home series will be an intense one against UC San Diego.