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Dupuis’ no-hitter highlights senior day

COURTESY // @sonomastatesoftball

Seniors Jesse Dupuis, Briana Avalos and Camille Rodriguez enjoyed a two game sweep on their senior day behind strong pitching performances from Rodriguez and Dupuis.

Senior weekend for Sonoma State softball saw two brilliant pitching performances from seniors Camille Rodriguez and Jesse Dupuis.  After Rodriguez set the tone for the day with a one-hit shut-out against Cal State East Bay, Dupuis capped it off with a no-hitter in her last outing on Seawolf diamond. 

These two dominant performances helped guide the Seawolves to their fourth straight CCAA (California Collegiate Athletic Association) conference sweep and improved their winning streak to 12 games.  They have now won 20 of their last 21 games and are 34-14 on the season. 

“Jesse throwing a no hitter on our last home game ever was truly a mic drop. We are extremely excited and proud of her. She is an absolute stud,” said Rodriguez on Dupuis’s no-hitter.  

Dupuis’s no hitter was the first seven inning no hitter since 2015 when Amanda Llerena did it against Cal State San Bernardino according to Sonoma State athletics. 

“I feel really lucky that this game was my last on the field at Sonoma State. I had my family in town so it was really awesome that this was the game they got to see,” said Dupuis about what this performance meant. 

Dupuis is no stranger to throwing no-hitters.  In her first college game at Monterey Peninsula community college she threw a no hitter against Feather River college. “I haven’t thrown one (no-hitter) since that first game so it was really cool to finish my career the same way,” said Dupuis.

Her no-hitter came the day after she shut down East Bay in the second game of Friday’s double header where she threw a one hit shutout winning 8-0, before one upping herself on Saturdays second game.

“Obviously any no-hitter is truly special, but to have one on your senior day to close out the final game to secure a four game sweep of a team, especially at this point in conference when we are racing for a top spot finish, makes it that much more special,” said Head Coach Jennifer Bridges.

Before Dupuis would no-hit the Pioneers, Rodriguez had quite a day herself in the first game of the double header.  She threw a one hit shutout while only walking one batter which makes it nine straight victories for Rodrigues and 12 in a row for the team. 

“Camille is always so hyped and dialed in. She brings so much confidence to the field and is in so much control.  Pitching after her is amazing cause the team is always on a high.  Camille dominated that first game and it made everyone so confident for the second one,” said Dupuis about pitching behind Rodruguez. 

Rodriguez has been a consistent bright spot for Sonoma’s pitching staff for her four years at Sonoma with this year being her strongest yet.  She is 14-4 on the season with a miniscule 1.50 ERA in 116.2 innings pitched. 

“Watching Camille’s career from freshman year till now has been fun. She has really grown and each year got new knowledge and really strengthened her game from all aspects,” said coach Bridges. 

Bridges also added this about both seniors: “Jesse and Camille are both true competitors on the mound. Sometimes that’s all you need. Even when they are not always on top of their game that day, they still find ways to win through a tough mentality and competitiveness.”

Although that may have been their last innings pitched on Seawolf diamond, their season continues with what might be their toughest test of the year, four games at Chico State this weekend.  Sonoma is in third place in the CCAA behind Chico and San Marcos.

“This next series is very important for us. We have been playing very well and it would be great to continue this series before postseason starts.  Chico is a tough competitor and no matter what this series is going to prepare us well for the postseason. If we continue playing this tough and competitive, then this will be a very fun series to end it,” said Dupuis.  

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