MESA, Ariz. – (May 26) Playing its fourth game in as many days, Seattle U clawed its way back from a 10-3 deficit to make a run at Sacramento State and an advance into the 2018 Western Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament title game, but a late rally came up just short in a 12-7 final Saturday evening at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz.
The Redhawks close out the season with the second most wins in program history, finishing 34-23 overall, marking the third 30-plus win season in the past four seasons for the nine-year-old program.
But, following a scoreless first frame, the Hornets (34-24) erupted for four runs in the second off of Redhawk starter Zach Wolf. The Hornets would add a pair of runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings as their explosive offense continued for the third straight game.
"We got off to a good start this week and then we ran into that buzz saw last night," said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "We flushed it really good and felt we were in a good position today with Zach starting on the mound. But their guy threw better than ours early, and we made a couple of defensive mistakes that could have stopped the big innings. We just didn't make the plays today."
Trailing 10-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth, the Redhawks found new life. Hurd would draw a walk to lead off the frame and senior Sean Sutton followed with a two-run bomb that landed deep in the right field bullpens. Chase Wells would strike out swinging for out No. 1, but pinch hitter Jacob Prater slapped a hit at the Hornet third baseman, reaching on a fielding error.
Sac State tacked on two more runs in the top of the ninth off of Tarik Skubal, who entered out of the pen for the final inning. Still looking for a way, the Redhawks loaded the bases with one out in the final frame, Hornet reliever Tanner Dalton induced a strikeout and fly out to a pair of SU freshmen to end the game.
"What a great senior class," Harrel said of his seven seniors. "To have 30 wins three out of their four years, what an accomplishment. We've got to figure out how to dog pile on this thing at some point, but I'm very proud of this team and the outstanding year they had."