Sonoma State
February 22, 2018
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SSU Briefs

February 16, 2018

 Baseball drops Saturday double-header to Fresno Pacific

Despite a strong 14-2 win over their hosts Friday night, Sonoma State was unable to lock up wins in either of their Saturday contests versus Fresno Pacific, dropping game one by a final of 19-9 and the night cap by a score of 15-7.

After SSU scored in six separate innings the night prior, the Sunbirds turned the tables on the Seawolves, driving in 16 runs in the first six innings of game one before Sonoma State pushed across their first run in the seventh. Despite an 18-run deficit entering the top of the eighth, the visitors continued to push offensively, scoring eight runs in the final two innings of play. Grant St. Martin, Anthony Clyma and Alex Emerick each crushed their first round-tripper of 2018.

The Seawolves return to action next week as they open league play with a four-game set against Chico State in Rohnert Park. Game one is set for 2 p.m. Friday.


Former AD Bill Fusco earns D2 Lifetime Achievement Award

The Division 2 Athletics Director Association (D2 ADA) has selected former Sonoma State University Director of Athletics Bill Fusco and former MIAA commissioner Dr. Bob Boerigter as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners. The two have been recognized for their exemplary contribution to Division II athletics and the student-athlete experience.

Before his retirement in 2017, Fusco led Sonoma State athletics for 20 years after being named director of athletics in 1997. Under his leadership, the Seawolves earned two NCAA Division II national championships, eight regional championships and 20 conference championships, while over 70 student-athletes earned All-American laurels. He helped guide Sonoma State into the era of athletics scholarships and membership in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

With Fusco at the helm, Sonoma State acquired funding for multiple on-campus sports facility upgrades resulting in millions of dollars going towards the development and improvement of Seawolves athletics facilities and the student-athlete experience. Over two decades in Rohnert Park, California, he was instrumental in the addition of three athletics programs (men’s and women’s golf, women’s water polo) as well as the reinstatement of the Sonoma State women’s track and field program in 2013.

Fusco received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in sports management from USF where he started his career as a student sports information director.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious award presented by the D2 ADA. To be eligible for this award, a person must be at least 60 years old, or have spent a minimum of 25 years in collegiate athletics, with a majority of those years as an athletics director. The honoree must be retired or no longer serving as an active athletics director. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes athletics directors who, over the course of his/her career, have made an exemplary contribution to Division II athletics and the student-athlete experience. Fusco joins Rudy Carvajal (Cal State Bakersfield, 2009) as the only other CCAA administrator to receive this honor.


Seawolves break 20-year streak in Santa Cruz

With a gutsy 5-4 win over the Banana Slugs, the Sonoma State Seawolves snapped a 20-year, 17-match losing streak match Saturday afternoon against UC Santa Cruz. With the victory, the Seawolves move to 2-1 on the year, while the Banana Slugs fall to 0-3.

The Seawolves, who lost two of three doubles matches and went into singles competition down 2-1, needed at least four Seawolves to win in singles play to win the match. With victories from Nate Oppenheim, Max Nudell, Igor Pissarenko and Alec Wong the Seawolves won the match 5-4.

The Seawolves travel to face Division I opponent UC Davis next Saturday. First serve to be served at 10 a.m.


Seawolves continue hot start in tennis

On Saturday morning, the nationally ranked #18 Seawolves welcomed their neighbors to the south, Dominican University of California. The Seawolves beat the Penguins 7-2 to move to 3-0 on the season. The Penguins fall to 0-1.

The Seawolves got off to a hot start when they took all three doubles matches. Jessica Warren and Amanda Zuidema—ranked 17th in the nation—led the doubles matches by defeating their opponents 8-1 and being the first match to complete. Going into the singles portion of the match, the Seawolves only needed one victory to clinch the match. Katherine Long clinched the match for the Seawolves in Single 6 over Taylor Lim (6-2, 6-0). Jessica Warren (#18), Clarisa Colling, Jenna DeTurk also won in their respective singles matches. 


Seawolves fall to nationally-ranked Academy of Art

Sunday afternoon featured a top 25 national Division II women’s tennis matchup between the #18 Sonoma State Seawolves at #7 Academy of Art. The Seawolves couldn’t answer from the 3-0 deficit obtained from the doubles matches and lost the match 6-3. The Seawolves fall to 3-1 and the Hawks improve to 2-1. In the end they lost 6-3.

The Seawolves look to recover from this loss next week when they travel to UC Santa Cruz to take on the Banana Slugs. First serve is set for 2 p.m.


Seawolves open 2018 with two setbacks at Triton invite

The Sonoma State women’s water polo team got its 2018 season underway Saturday at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, suffering a pair of losses to No. 2-ranked USC, 13-1 and to No. 13-ranked UC Santa Barbara, 10-4. The Seawolves (0-2) will return to action at 8:00 am Sunday against the loser of Santa Clara and No. 11 Long Beach State.

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The Seawolves surrendered all 13 Trojan scores before they could put one on the board, thanks to freshman Taylor Brooks who threw in her first collegiate goal with 2:14 remaining in the contest. Sonoma was able to hold USC to well below their scoring average; the Trojans came into the game caging more than 19 goals per game, outscoring opponents 59-3 prior to Saturday.

After giving up a goal on UCSB’s first possession, Sonoma responded with a goal by JoJo Williams 16 seconds later to knot the score at 1-1. However, the Gauchos went on to score seven unanswered tallies to take an 8-1 lead into halftime. Williams snapped the Seawolves’ drought, caging a shot at the 5:41 mark of the third period, but two more UCSB goals in the quarter put the Gauchos up 10-2. Lyndsie Williams later scored her first two goals of the season in the fourth period, but that woud be it for SSU in the 10-4 loss.