Sonoma State sweeps Cal State L.A.
Arnerich, Cerrudo help 11th-ranked Seawolves improve to 14-2
ROHNERT PARK, Calif -- Kenny Arnerich tossed eight innings of shutout ball, giving up just five hits while striking out eight in the opener and Kyle Cerrudo came through with a walk-off, bases-loaded single in the nightcap, helping Sonoma State secure 5-0 and 3-2 wins against Cal State L.A. on Saturday. The 11th-ranked Seawolves rise to 14-2 overall and 9-2 in the CCAA. The Golden Eagles fall to 15-8 and 10-5.
No. 11 Sonoma State 5, Cal State L.A. 0
Arnerich went eight complete innings and allowed five hits, no runs, he walked three and struck out eight. He was replaced in the ninth by Phil Liniger, who retired the side, including one strikeout.
As the Sonoma State pitchers dominated, the offensive did some work of its own. Randy Wells put the first run on the board with a RBI single to score Alex Todd. A batter later, Kyle Cerrudo came up big with an RBI infield single, scoring O'Koyea Dickson to give the Seawolves a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Dickson, Kyle Jones and Wells led off the inning with consecutive doubles, two of which brought a run across the plate, putting Sonoma State up 4-0 and chasing CSULA starting pitcher David Arredondo from the game.
The Seawolves then tacked on another run in the seventh on a bases-loaded walk to Dickson. Nick Rodarte came on in relief of Cliff Quick, who took over for Arredondo in the sixth. Rodarte, facing a bases-loaded situation with no outs, retired three SSU hitters in order to stop the bleeding. It would prove to be the final offensive threat for both teams.
Steven Filippi went 3-for-3 and walked in his other plate appearance while Dickson, Wells and Cerrudo had two hits. Arnerich improved to 3-0 with the win.
Cal State L.A.'s Chad Nacapoy led the visitors with two five hits. Arredondo (2-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing 10 hits and four runs in five innings.
No. 11 Sonoma State 3, Cal State L.A. 2
In Game 2, the Seawolves again struck first with two runs in the bottom of the second on a throwing error.
Cal State L.A. would then begin chipping away at the lead, starting with a sacrifice fly by Joe Park in the top half of the third inning. CSULA would threaten with bases loaded and one out, but SSU starting pitcher Kendall Davis worked out of the jam.
In the fifth, the visitors would knot the game at 2-2 as Jordan Castro scored on a throwing error. It knocked Davis from the game, but Brian Bordagaray would come in to again help SSU out of a jam, forcing a groundout with two runners on base.
Sonoma State had a shot to break opne the game in the fifth, as it loaded the bases with two outs, but CSULA starter Gabriel Asakura fanned Cameron Cook to end the threat.
In the final SSU at-bat, Thomas Landeros came on in relief of Asakura, but two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs, setting the scene up for Cerrudo to come away with the game-winning hit. In an attempt to force out the lead runner at home on a possible ground ball, Cal State L.A. elected to put centerfielder Park in behind second base as a fifth infielder. It wouldn't work, however, as Cerrudo smashed a 1-2 pitch over the left-center fielders' head to give the Seawolves the win.
Dickson and Cerrudo accounted for four of Sonoma State's eight hits. Bordagaray (3-0) earned the victory in relief.
Sonoma State and Cal State L.A. will wrap up the four-game series on Sunday. The first pitch has been moved to 10 a.m. PT, due to forecasted rain later in the afternoon.