Sonoma State's George Asmus keeps up torrid start, lowers ERA to 0.23
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. -- George Asmus tossed seven more shutout innings on Friday to lead Sonoma State to a 7-0 win against San Francisco State in the opener of a four-game CCAA series. Asmus scattered six hits in seven innings, allowing just a walk and striking out six to pick up his third win of the year as the Seawolves up their record to 11-9, 9-4 CCAA. The Gators drop to 12-11, 7-6 CCAA.
Asmus improved his season line to one earned run in 38.2 innings pitched, an ERA of 0.23. In that span he has walked just three while striking out 31 and holding opponents to a .176 batting average.
As it turned out, the Gators' best chance to get to Asmus came in the first inning when they mustered a pair of hits before a strikeout and poor baserunning decision ended the threat.
The Seawolves got two runs in the bottom of the first after Garrett Schwartz was hit with the bases loaded and Justin Serrao drove in a run on an infield single.
Four more runs were put on the board in the third, giving Asmus more than enough cushion. The scoring started when Serrao again brought home a run on an infield single. A failed pickoff attempt scored another before Jackson Stogner ripped a double down the right field line to plate two and make it 6-0.
Sonoma tacked on one more run for good measure in the sixth on a Schwartz RBI single to center field.
The Seawolves pounded out nine hits against the Gators, led by a pair from Serrao. Seven of the nine starters had a hit and eight out of nine reached base. SF State had seven hits, with two from Dillon Meyer and Grady Espinosa leading the way.
Ricky Clark came on in relief of Asmus in the eighth inning and pitched two stellar frames.
Preston Tarter was tagged with the loss after surrendering six runs, five of them earned, in three innings. Tyler Cobb did a nice job in relief, scattering three hits and one run in five innings.