Down by two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Sonoma State senior Alex Todd hit a two RBI double to knot the game at 9-9, then freshman Scott Collins knocked in the game-winning run two batters later, helping the Seawolves to a thrilling 10-9 come-from-behind victory over Cal State Monterey Bay in the 2011 season opener at Seawolf Diamond.
Box Score: Sonoma State 10, Cal State Monterey Bay 9
It didn't take long for the Seawolves to score their first run of the season. Steven Filippi led off the bottom half of the first inning with a walk, then later stole second base. Two batters later, O'Koyea Dickson smashed a double to left field, scoring Filippi from second.
In the Seawolf second, Kevin Cramer added to the lead with a RBI double of his own, scoring Filippi again, who reached earlier in the inning on another walk, giving Sonoma State the early 2-0 lead.
The Otters would chip away, though, scoring a run in the third, fifth and sixth innings to lead 3-2. The narrow lead wouldn't last long at all, as the Seawolves punched right back with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, grabbing a comfortable 6-3 advantage.
Both teams would score a run in the seventh, making the score 7-4. In the top of the eighth, Cal State Monterey Bay began its comeback, scoring two runs to trail by just one at 7-6. Then, the Otters pushed three more runs across the plate in the ninth to take a 9-7 lead.
That's when the confidence of Sonoma State baseball took over, drawing back-to-back walks by Dickson and Kyle Jones. A wild pitch would advance Dickson and Jones before Todd, who was named to the Collegiate Baseball Division II Preseason All-America team, lined a double down the left field line to knot the game at nine. Cameron Cook would then ground out to second, allowing Todd to move to third base.
With two outs and a runner on third, it was set up for the freshman Collins to come through with the clutch hit in his first ever collegiate game.
The Seawolves scored 10 runs on just six hits on Friday while the Otters scored nine runs on 12 hits. Todd led the way with three RBI as Filippi had two, with two runs scored. Jones, who went 0 for 1, walked three times and scored each time he was on.
Thomas Lee got the start for Sonoma State on Friday, he went five innings and gave up four hits and one earned run while striking out seven. Joey Van Cleave (1-0) got the victory after pitching the final one and two-thirds innings.
Cal State Monterey Bay's Danny Wilson went 3 for 5 with a RBI and three runs scored. Greg Fujii and Randall Packard chipped in with two hits apiece. Pitcher David Holland (0-1) got the loss in relief.
Sonoma State and Cal State Monterey Bay will be back in action on Saturday when the two squads face off in a doubleheader, beginning at 11 a.m. at Seawolf Diamond.
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