BELLEVUE – (Apr. 2) Seattle University (8-18, 1-5 WAC) closed out a three-game homestand by putting up a fight against Western Athletic Conference rival New Mexico State University (17-12, 3-0 WAC). But a ninth inning rally would fall just short in a 6-4 setback Sunday.
The Aggies got off to another quick start, tagging Redhawk’s starter Nathan Bonck for a first-inning home run and a 2-0 lead. They followed that up with another two-run blast in the second inning.
Bonck, struggling with his command early, was pulled from the game for Zach Wolf in the second inning. He struck out one, but gave up four runs in just 1.1 innings.
"We need to be more competitive," said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "Aggresive is the word of the day. We need to have more aggresive at-bats and mentality."
The Redhawks were able to get on the board with a Dalton Hurd two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning. Hurd would finish the game with two hits in five at-bats and three RBIs.
Seattle U staged a late rally attempt in the ninth inning starting with a Sean Sutton ground out that scored Michael Ciancio from third base. Hurd then came through with another big hit, an RBI-double to center field that cut the Aggies’ lead to two. Lively walked to load the bases bringing up Aaron Stroosma, but he would strike out on three straight pitches to end the game.
"We are really close," said Harrel. We just need that break through game, but we are showing that we have what it takes. There is plenty of season left to turn it around."
The Redhawks were able to escape jams in the fifth and sixth innings, ending both innings with the bases loaded, but only allowing one run between the two innings. Their relievers were a bright spot in the game, combining to go 7.2 innings, giving up two runs and striking out five.
"Our bullpen came in and kept us in it," said Harrel. "They have been great."
Seattle U is back in action on Tuesday in an away game against University of Washington, with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.