In recognition of winning back-to-back California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Softball Championship titles, Rohnert Park Vice Mayor Jack Mackenzie and members of the Rohnert Park City Council honored the Sonoma State softball team prior to Tuesday's city council meeting. Vice Mayor Mackenzie presented the Proclamation to head coach Jennifer Bridges and the team, who were present in the Council Chambers at City Hall in Rohnert Park.
The Seawolves (36-20) swept through the CCAA tournament with an opening round win over Chico State, then two straight wins over nationally-ranked UC San Diego to claim the title. Sophomore pitcher Samantha Lipperd tossed a no-hitter and senior Brittany Martinez hit a solo home run in the championship game to defeat the Tritons, 1-0.
Sonoma State will enter the NCAA Division II Softball Championship Tournament as the No. 3 seed in the west sub-regional in Kaneohe, Hawai'i, hosted by Hawai'i Pacific University. The Seawolves will face No. 6 seed Dixie State in the first round on Friday at 5:30 p.m., Pacific Standard Time. It is the third straight NCAA tournament appearance for Sonoma State and its fifth appearance overall.
Top-seeded Hawai'i Pacific and No. 4 seed Cal State San Bernardino will face off in the other first round game on Friday.