BELLEVUE, Wash. – (Mar. 25) Seattle University baseball (8-15, 1-2 WAC) finished its first Western Athletic Conference series of the season with a doubleheader on Saturday against Chicago State (6-14, 2-1 WAC) winning the first game, 7-2, and losing the second game, 6-3.
The Redhawks got a quick start to the game with a leadoff triple from Dalton Hurd, followed by an RBI-single through the gap by Austin Lively for a 1-0 lead. Two infield singles loaded the bases for Max Modeste, who stepped to the plate and promptly smacked a grand slam to right-center field to give the Redhawks a 5-0 cushion in the first inning. They would not relinquish the lead.
Starter Janson Junk (3-3) took that cushion and ran with it, putting together one of his best performances of the season. After giving up two runs in the second inning, Junk settled down to pitch seven innings, striking out four batters, and picking up the win.
The next couple innings were quiet until Griffin Andreychuk hit a solo shot to right field to put the Redhawks on top 6-2.
Nick Hoefling relived Junk in the eighth inning, pitching two innings and giving up one hit to finish out the game.
Zach Wolf got the call to the mound in the second game of the day, pitching 4.1 innings, giving up four runs and earning the loss.
After putting up zeroes in the first two innings, Chicago State opened up the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring one. The Cougars got going again in the fourth inning. After loading the bases, left fielder Chase Wells lost a ball in the sun allowing a run to score. Then, Chicago State’s Zach Thomas drove in two runs to give the Cougars a 4-0 lead.
Chase Wells saved three runs in the fifth inning by robbing Malik Carpenter of a home run, jumping at the wall and coming down with the ball to end the inning.
The Redhawks finally got on the scoreboard with a solo home run to left field by Hurd to lead off the sixth inning. Lively followed with a slicing single to center field. Stroosma and Wells walked in the next two at-bats to load the bases with no outs.
After a Modeste strikeout, Michael Ciancio drove in a run on a fielder’s choice to bring the score to 6-2 with two outs, but the Redhawks couldn’t muster up any more offense in the inning. They had four hitters with two hits apiece for the game, but couldn’t take advantage of the baserunners, leaving 11 players on base.
The Redhawks are back in action on Tues., March 28, for a game at Bannerwood Park against British Columbia at 5:00 p.m.