BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - (May 13) A ninth-inning rally against the league-leader in saves nearly propelled Seattle U baseball to a win Saturday night. But the Redhawks' rally came up short in a 5-3 setback at CSU Bakersfield.
It was a four-run sixth inning for the ‘Runners (28-19, 13-7 WAC) that ultimately did Seattle U (17-30-1, 6-14 WAC) in.
The Redhawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the game's first at bats. With one out, Austin Lively singled up the middle and advanced to second on a walk drawn by Griffin Andreychuk. That brought Sean Sutton to the plate for an RBI-single up the middle.
CSUB evened the score in the second and the score would remain 1-1 until the bottom of the sixth. The ‘Runners would score the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly, then add one more on a fielding error by pitcher Connor Moore. A two-RBI single by Andrew Penner made it 5-1, CSUB.
Dalton Hurd led off the ninth by drawing a walk off of reliever Isaiah Moten, which brought closer Naithen Dewsnap out of the bullpen. Dewsnap would get Curtis Perrin to strikeout swinging, but Chase Wells would follow with an RBI-double to right center.
With two outs, Aaron Stroosma singled through the right side, allowing Wells to score from second. But the rally ended there as Dewsnap recorded his third strikeout of the inning on the next at bat.
Moore took the loss in 5.2 innings of work. The senior fanned five, walked two and allowed nine hits for five runs (four earned). Austin Hansen and Alden Huschle combined to pitch the final 2.1 innings.
Lively finished with two of Seattle U's six hits. Four others had one hit apiece, including Andreychuk, who now has 211 career hits, one shy of the program's modern day record.
The Redhawks and ‘Runners conclude their three-game series Sunday at noon.