March 4, 2014 > Walk-off grand slam earns victory
Walk-off grand slam earns victory
Submitted By Scott Chisholm
Sonoma State 3, CSUEB 0
CSUEB 10, Sonoma State 8
March 1, 2014
Two outs, bottom of the seventh, bases loaded and down by two runs, junior Kelsey LaVauteÕs blast over the center field wall gave Cal State East Bay softball a 10-8 win to cap off March 1st action against Sonoma State. The homer gave the Pioneers their first home win over the Seawolves since joining the CCAA for the 2010 season.
Cal State East Bay trailed 8-4 and down to its final two outs after a routine ground out opened the bottom of the seventh inning. After five balls that put two runners on base, Ali Cerminara capped off her 3-for-3 day at the plate in which a runner scored following an outfield bobble of the ball.
Marisa LermaÕs RBI single cut the deficit to 8-6 and Lauren Vestal worked a full count walk to load the bases with one out. Sonoma State (9-7, 3-7 CCAA) cut down the runner at home on an infield grounder to bring up LaVaute with the bases full and two down.
LaVaute completed the lengthy comeback with third home run of the season to finish the game 2-for-4 with five runs batted in. She is one of only three Pioneers to drive in five runs in a single game since the 2009 season, and the first since the 2012 campaign.
Cal State East Bay scored nine of its 10 runs over the final two innings. Alex Vela provided a sixth inning 2-run double, and LaVaute drove in another with an extra base hit.
Game one starting pitcher Amanda Llerena (6-4) tossed a complete game two-hit shutout while striking out eight Pioneers to pace the Seawolves to victory. Two-out base hits from Alex Vela in the second inning and Meli Sanchez in the sixth, along with one hit batter were the only Pioneer base runners of the game.
Sonoma State used the long ball to do all of its offensive damage as a first inning solo home run from Megan Konieczka, and a sixth inning two-run shot from Holli Brown provided all of the scoring. Konieczka led the Seawolves with two hits and two runs scored in the win.