Posted by Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:
Santa Rosa Junior College’s baseball and softball teams aren’t the only squads getting in more early-season home games despite the North Bay’s typically wet late winter weeks.
Two occasional tenants calling the junior college’s new synthetic athletic fields home are the Sonoma State University men’s and women’s teams.
Sonoma State’s baseball team is back in action Friday at SRJC, taking on Cal State Dominguez Hills at 9:45 a.m. The unusual early start allows the SRJC baseball team to use the field in the afternoon. Sonoma State hopes to get in the second game of a doubleheader against the Toros later Friday at the Seawolves’ stadium on the Rohnert Park campus with game time set for 2 p.m. The teams also are scheduled to play a twin bill beginning 11 a.m. Saturday.
Earlier in the season, Sonoma State played a rare Sunday twin bill at the junior college. The Seawolves lost both games to Western Oregon, and have posted a 7-6 overall record, 1-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Sonoma State’s softball team has enjoyed more success at the opposite corner of the new athletic fields.
Last weekend, the Seawolves won three of four in back to back doubleheaders against UC San Diego. Sonoma State — 11-4 overall and 6-2 in the CCAA – is set to play doubleheaders at Cal State East Bay, in Hayward, both Friday and Saturday.
Both all-weather fields allowed the SRJC baseball and softball teams to schedule more home games early in the season than in past years.
The Bear Cubs’ baseball team opened their schedule with a record long home slate of games, going 8-3 including four in a row before hitting the road for the first time this week.
Santa Rosa’s softball squad is 2-2 at home and 6-6 overall.
Sharing fields has worked the other way as well. The Santa Rosa men’s soccer team played five of its home games last season at Sonoma State – going 3-0-2 — because the junior college’s new athletic fields took longer than scheduled to complete.