Janson Junk (Federal Way, Wash.) tied the program record with a career-high 13 strikeouts as Seattle University baseball (33-18, 19-5 WAC) earned an 8-1 win over Northern Colorado (15-29, 10-10 WAC) to complete the Western Athletic Conference series sweep. With the win, SU has now won seven of their eight conference series with one remaining next weekend.

The Redhawks scored a run apiece in the second and third as Sean Sutton (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) scored on a double play while Dalton Hurd (Bend, Ore.) then scored on a Sheldon Stober (Kent, Wash.) base hit.

Seattle U plated six in the fourth inning to take a then 8-0 lead on four hits after Brock Carpenter (Milton, Wash.) led off with a triple. Jake Taylor (Boise, Idaho) scored Carpenter with a single on the first pitch he faced. Taylor would come around to score before the final two runs were plated on Hurd and Stober RBI singles.

Northern Colorado’s lone run came in the fifth as Payton Tapia hit a leadoff solo shot to left field.

All four seniors saw action in today’s game as Stober started at second, Grant Gunning (Snohomish, Wash.) entered to pitch in the eighth, Cash McGuire (Kent, Wash.) earned a ceremonial plate appearance the first time through the lineup, and Ted Hammond (Shoreline, Wash.) pinch hit for his first collegiate plate appearance.

With the win, Seattle U ensures one of the top two spots in the WAC Tournament in two weeks, earning a first day bye in the tournament. Next weekend, the Redhawks head to Sacramento State for a three-game series, playing for the regular season title and the top spot in the league tournament. Stay tuned to GoSeattleU.com for all the latest on the team heading into the final stretch of the season.

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