For the second straight game, the ‘Runners took a narrow early lead on a Jake Ortega RBI single before the Redhawks regained the lead, 2-1, in the fourth on a Lucas Denney (Goldendale, Wash.) RBI single and a wild pitch by Bakersfield pitcher Chance Gusbeth.
Bakersfield tied the game, 2-2, in the fifth on a two-out Cody White RBI double to left center, scoring Drew Seelman, before they would take the lead, 3-2, in the top of the eighth on a Christian Deaton RBI single, scoring Sergio Robles.
Down by one, Griffin Andreychuk (Nanaimo, B.C., Canada) and Brock Carpenter (Milton, Wash.) hit back-to-back one-out singles before Denney was walked to load the bases. The tying run scored on a sacrifice fly, putting Denney and Carpenter both in scoring position. Modeste would come to the plate and hit a three-RBI walk-off home run, the first of his career, to secure the Redhawk victory.
In the circle, Bakersfield’s Gusbeth was handed the complete game loss, giving up nine hits and striking out five in 8 2/3 innings pitched. Austin Hansen (Mukilteo, Wash.) earned his first career victory, pitching the final inning for the Redhawks.
Seattle U closes a five-game homestand vs. Portland on Tuesday, Mar. 29 at 4 p.m. at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue before hitting the road for two straight WAC series at Chicago State and North Dakota.