BELLEVUE, Wash. - (Mar. 31) Seattle University opened a three-game series against New Mexico State University (15-13, 1-0 WAC) on Friday, dropping the game, 6-2.
The Redhawks (8-16, 1-3 WAC) sent Jake Prizina to the mound for the start. Prizina would pick up the loss despite a strong outing. He struck out six batters and walked none in 7.2 innings, but gave up five earned runs.
“Jake pitched good enough to win,” said Head Coach Donny Harrel. “He had a really good night other than a couple mistakes.”
After going hitless for the first two innings, the Redhawks got on the board with a solo home run to left field by Michael Ciancio.
The Aggies tied up the game 1-1 in the fifth inning with a solo shot of their own from Tristen Carranza to deep center field.
After six strong innings, Prizina allowed the Aggies to take the advantage, giving up a two-run home run to deep left field. He stayed on to finish the seventh inning, striking out the last batter to escape without any more damage.
Prizina handed over the reins to reliever Austin Hansen in the eighth inning after putting two runners on, but Hansen would let up a three-run home run before getting out of the inning, making it a 6-1 game.
“We let up too many home runs,” Harrel said. “Our location needs to be better and we have to read the hitters.”
The Redhawks could not get any offense going, finishing with just three hits and two runs. They were able to draw 5 walks, but did not take advantage of the base runners.
“I was disappointed with our offense in terms of just not staying with the game plan,” Harrel said. “Way too many strikeouts, we need to compete better. We have to be more aggressive. They have to get their swings off.”
Seattle U is back in action at Bannerwood Park on Saturday at 2 p.m.