BELLEVUE, Wash. – (March 17) Freshman Jake Cosgrove produced the clutch hit late and junior Zach Wolf shut the door in the ninth for the third straight game as Seattle U baseball earned a 4-2 win over visiting British Columbia Saturday evening at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.
With the game knotted at 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Cosgrove came to the plate with one out and runners on first and second. He would stroke a double down the left field line to send Jacob Prater home from second for the go-ahead run and pinch runner Kyler Murphy home from first for an insurance score.
Wolf got one quick out in the top of the ninth, fanning Jake Lanferman. He would give up a single to Braeden Allenmann before recording strikeout No. 2 to leadoff Austin Butler. The Thunderbirds' Anthony Cusati singled through the right side for a pair of UBC runners on. But Wolf would get Mitch Robinson to strike out swinging for strikeout No. 3, out No. 3 and his sixth save of the season.
Tyler Yeh (1-3) picked up the win in relief after pitching a scoreless eighth. Six total Redhawks pitched in the game, including a quality start from Tarik Skubal that saw the junior lefty fan five while walking none in two innings.
"That was huge for Tarik to get back on track," said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "And just a really good baseball game. UBC played good defense, we played good defense and we just happened to get the timely hit."
Dalton Hurd's fielder's choice RBI in the first inning gave the Redhawks (12-7) an early lead. UBC (9-16) would tie the score with a solo home run in the third. Austin Lively's RBI double in the fifth scored Prater, who reached on a double, for a 2-1 advantage. The Thunderbirds tied it once again with another solo homer in the sixth.
"Jake Cosgrove was outstanding and Zach has been phenomenal all year," said Harrel. "This was a good win for us going into the finals break and headed into WAC play next week."
The Redhawks return to action on Friday, Mar. 23, beginning a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at New Mexico State. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. Pacific. The series will continue Saturday at 1:05 p.m. PT and conclude Sunday at 11:05 a.m. PT.