BELLEVUE, Wash. – (Mar. 5) Seattle University baseball (4-7) wrapped up a four-game series at Bannerwood Park on Sunday, coming from behind to defeat Sacred Heart (5-6), 6-4.
“We looked like a different ball club today,” Head Coach Donny Harrel said. “We met this morning and opened it up for the team to talk. Our dugout was fantastic today, it was definitely a team feeling. We are moving in the right direction.”
Alden Huschle made his first start of the season for the Redhawks going 3.2 innings, giving up two runs.
The Pioneers struck first in the fourth inning when Alex Perry scored on a sacrifice fly after hitting a leadoff triple. They would go on to score four runs in the inning.
The Redhawks loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth with two outs before Dalton Hurd hit a double down the left-field line to drive in two runs to make it a 4-2 game. Hurd would finish with three RBIs on the game.
After searching for runs all game, the Redhawks broke out in the bottom of the seventh, scoring four times. Curtis Perrin led off the inning with a bunt single and Aaron Stroosma singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. Another bunt by Jeffrey Morgan loaded the bases with Sean Sutton coming up.
Sutton plated a run with a fly ball that barely made it in play down the left-field line to cut the Pioneers’ lead to one run, 4-3. The Redhawks kept it going after an error by Sacred Heart’s right fielder allowed them to score a run and tie the game. A sacrifice bunt by Austin Lively and an infield single by Hurd gave Seattle U a 6-4 lead.
Connor Moore picked up the win, pitching 5.1 shutout innings and giving up just three hits, while striking out six batters.
“Moore is our player of the day no questions,” said Harrel. “He kept us in the ball game so we could find a crack to score. He deserved the opportunity to give us a chance to win the ball game.”
Seattle U finished with 11 hits on the day, including hits from Hurd and two apiece from Morgan and Stroosma.
The Redhawks are back in action on Wednesday, Mar. 8 when they take on Indiana State at Bannerwood Park at 5 p.m.