PHOENIX – (May 5) Kyler Murphy snapped a 7-7 tie in the seventh inning with a two-run homer and the Seattle University baseball team would hold on in the final frames to clinch a huge 9-8 win at Western Athletic Conference foe Grand Canyon Friday night at Brazell Stadium.
The Redhawks moved to 16-26-1 overall and 6-10 in WAC play while GCU fell to 22-22 overall and 16-3 in league games.
Seattle U used a huge five-run fifth to take a 7-2 lead over the league-leading Lopes. But the home team would rally with two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to knot the score at 7-7.
Sean Sutton would lead off the seventh with a single through the right side. Jeffrey Morgan fouled out to first for the inning's first out. But that brought Murphy to the plate and the sophomore from Peoria, Ariz., launched his second home run of the season over the right-field fence, giving SU a 9-7 advantage.
Reliever Tyler Oldenberg kept the Lopes off the board in the seventh and the eighth, then gave way for Zach Wolf in the ninth. The SU closer surrendered a solo home run to GCU's Garrison Schwartz, but then settled in to retire the next three batters on his way to his fourth save of the season.
Griffin Andreychuk, Curtis Perrin, Aaron Stroosma, Chase Wells and Sutton all finished with a pair of hits each on the night. Perrin drove in the first runs of the night with a two-RBI single in the third inning. Stroosma had a bases-clearing double in the fifth and Wells added a pair of RBIs in the fifth with a triple to right-center.
Jake Prizina went 4.2 innings in his 12th start of the season. He took a no decision after striking out two, walking three and scattering five hits for four runs. Lucas Chapman (2-2) was credited with the win in 1.1 innings of relief.
The Redhawks tagged GCU starter Jake Wong for seven hits, three walks and seven earned runs in 4.1 innings. Murphy hit his homer off of Degan Harte, who took the loss and dropped to 0-7 on the year.
The WAC series continues Saturday with another 7 p.m. first pitch scheduled at Brazil Stadium.