BELLEVUE, Wash. – (Apr. 25) Seattle University baseball improved to 19-7 at home this season as three late runs propelled the Redhawks to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over visiting Washington State Wednesday afternoon at Bannerwood Park.
"This was a great win for us," said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "It's really hard offensively to get something going when you see a ton of pitchers, but we hung in there. We're really proud of our record against Pacific Northwest teams and hopefully we can keep it going."
The visiting Cougars (13-21) struck first with a pair of runs in the second inning, but the Redhawks (27-11) rallied.
Curtis Perrin, who finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs on the day, drove in Cameron Sterne in the fifth, trimming the Coug lead in half, 2-1. Sterne had reached on a one-out single, then advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch.
Washington State briefly opened the lead back to two with an unearned run in the seventh.
But the Redhawks rallied in the home half of the seventh. Sterne reached on a hit-by-pitch and Austin Lively followed with a walk. A balk moved the duo into scoring position for Perrin, whose sacrifice fly to right field scored Sterne. With one out and Lively on third, Dalton Hurd hit a foul fly to left that Lively was able to tag on and score the tying run.
The comeback would be completed in the eighth as Chase Wells reached on a hit-by-pitch and pinch hitter Jacob Prater laid down a sacrifice bunt to move him to second. Kyler Murphy would strike out swinging for the second out of the inning, but Sterne followed to deliver the eventual game-winning hit as his triple to right-field fence sent Wells home.
"Tyler Yeh gave us some really quality innings to keep it close and we get those two big runs off freebees in the seventh," said Harrel. "And then a big swing by a big senior, which is great for him to finish his career against Washington State with the game-winning hit. And then Zach Wolf was Zach Wolf."
Wolf, who also pitched a scoreless eighth, struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth win of the season and Seattle U's second against a Pac-12 opponent.
Seattle U starter Dawson Day fanned a season-high six in 3.1 innings before giving way to Yeh, who struck out two and allowed two hits in 2.2 scoreless innings. Jake Prizina gave up a single run in the seventh before giving way to Wolf for the final two frames.
Washington State sent eight different pitchers to the mound. Dylan Orlando took the loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the eighth.
The Redhawks resume Western Athletic Conference play on Friday, Apr. 27, opening a three-game series against CSU Bakersfield at 5 p.m. at Bannerwood Park.