Washington State gained the lead a half inning later, 3-2, on back-to-back RBI doubles by Stefan Van Horn and Jack Strunc, but a run walked home and a sac fly put Seattle U back on top, 4-3, through three.
The Cougars tied the tally, 4-4, in the sixth as Justin Harrer singled home Ty Johnson with two outs. Connor Moore (West Richland, Wash.) then entered to pitch for SU and, despite loading the bases, was able to get out of the jam with the game tied, setting up Hurd’s game-winning home run.
Hurd led SU at the plate, going 3-for-5, while also scoring two runs and tallying three RBIs. Carpenter went 2-for-4 at the plate as the duo recorded five of SU’s eight hits.
Moore picked up the win on the mound, striking out three of 10 batters faced in 2 1/3 innings of work. Zach Wolf (Dana Hills, Calif.) earned his team-leading ninth save of the season.
Seattle U hosts Northern Colorado in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series this weekend, with first pitch on Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 12 noon. Prior to Sunday’s contest, the senior class will be honored.