SACRAMENTO – (May 6) A 1-0 lead through six-and-a-half innings would not stand in Sunday's rubber match between Seattle U and Sacramento State as the Hornets rallied late to claim a 10-1 final over the Redhawks at John Smith Field.
Sean Sutton gave the Redhawks (30-15, 11-7 WAC) the lead early with a solo homer in the top of the second inning. On the mound, Nick Meservey was brilliant in his longest start of the season. The junior lefty tossed five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and three walks while fanning a pair, before giving way to the bullpen and ultimately taking a no decision.
Reliever Dawson Day continued to hold the Hornets (26-20, 13-5 WAC) at bay in the sixth, collecting two strikeouts in the frame.
Things would unravel in the seventh as Drake Maningo surrendered four hits for four earned runs. Nathan Bonck also gave up a pair of hits before Tyler Yeh got the final out of the inning on a strikeout.
But after Seattle U went 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth, Yeh also ran into trouble. He would hit the leadoff batter, then surrender a walk and a wild pitch before an RBI-single sent the first run of the inning home. Alden Huschle entered in replace of Yeh and would surrender two hits and a walk, while the Redhawk defense also committed a pair of errors in the frame. When all was said and done, Seattle U found itself in a 10-1 hole.
The Redhawks got a pair of runners on base in the ninth, but the game would end on a double play ball.
Seattle U returns to Bannerwood Park for a brief stint, hosting Portland for a pair of non-conference games on Tuesday and Wednesday. First pitch on Tuesday, May 8 is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.