LAS CRUCES, N.M. – (March 24) Seattle University baseball evened the series at New Mexico State Saturday afternoon, clinching a 5-4 victory over the Aggies at Presley Askew Field.
The Western Athletic Conference win moves Seattle U to 13-8 overall and 1-1 in league play. The Aggies drop to 14-10 overall and 1-1 in the WAC.
For the second straight game the Redhawks struck first, building a 3-0 lead. They got to Aggies starter Justin Dehn early as Justin Mazoone led off the top of the second with a home run to right field. With one out, Jack Reisinger double down the left field line and three batters later, Curtis Perrin hit him home with a single up the middle for a 2-0 advantage.
With Dalton Hurd on third in the third inning, Reisinger delivered an RBI single into left field to make it 3-0 Seattle U.
NMSU manufactured a run in the third as Noah Haupt led off with a single and eventually scored on a balk. A Dalton Hurd two-run homer in the seventh broke the game back open and gave the Redhawks a 5-1 advantage.
Closer Zach Wolf ran into a bit of trouble in the final frame as the Aggies used four hits to score three runs. But Wolf worked his way out of the game by getting pitch hitter David Bellamy to ground out to first to end the rally and maintain the 5-4 final for the Redhawks.
Seattle U starter Tarik Skubal picked up his second win of the season after spiking out three and allowing just one run in five complete innings. Jarrod Billig pitched a pair of scoreless innings before giving way to Wolf in the ninth.
After managing just seven hits on Friday night, the Redhawks collected 13 Saturday including a 3-for-5 performance from Hurd. Perrin, Reisinger and Sean Sutton added two hits apiece.
The rubber match between the Redhawks and Aggies is set for Sunday with a 12:05 p.m. Mountain Time first pitch. The game will stream live on ESPN3.