MESA, Ariz. – After being tied early, Seattle University baseball (36-19) found themselves in a three-run hole late in the game but a huge bottom of the ninth capped by a Dalton Hurd (Bend, Ore.) walk-off single gave SU the 5-4 win over Sacramento State (30-27) to start WAC Tournament play. The Redhawks advance to face Utah Valley on Friday at 7 p.m. PT, with the winner advancing to the championship series.

“This is a special club and obviously [we] didn’t think it was over and we got some really big hits in that last inning and what a finish,” said head coach Donny Harrel. “Sacramento State played a great game and it’s unbelievable to see the [excited] faces on our guys after a game like that.”

Sean Sutton (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) singled home Griffin Andreychuk (Nanaimo, B.C., Canada) to take an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first before Sacramento State scored in the third on a wild pitch to tie the tally, 1-1.

The Hornets loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh and Andrew McWilliam would drive in what Sacramento State thought may be the dagger with a three-run double to take a 4-1 lead.

A clean, quick next two innings in which each team would leave only one runner on base apiece, Seattle U remained down by three heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Jeffrey Morgan (Auburn, Wash.), Lucas Denney (Goldendale, Wash.), and Max Modeste (Roseville, Calif.) hit back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases with no outs to start the final half inning.

Curtis Perrin (Vancouver, Wash.) drove home two in the next at bat to bring the Redhawks within one and Andreychuk would tie it on a sacrifice fly, 4-4.

To cap an impeccable inning of hitting for Seattle U, Hurd hit a perfectly placed single up the middle to bring home Perrin for the walk-off game-winner.

Nine different Redhawks tallied one hit apiece as SU outhit Sac State, 9-4. Perrin led SU with two RBIs.

On the mound, Connor Moore (West Richland, Wash.) picked up the win, pitching 2 2/3 relief innings for starter Ted Hammond (Shoreline, Wash.).

Seattle U advances to Friday’s 7pm contest vs. Utah Valley, with the winner earning the right to advance to the championship series. Stay tuned to @SU_Baseball on Twitter and watch every game live for free on the WAC Digital Network at www.wacsports.com/live.

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