BELLEVUE, Wash. – Seattle University baseball out-hit perennial NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark State 10-8 Wednesday evening at Bannerwood Park, but would go on to strand a dozen runners on base in a 5-2 defeat to the Wildcats.
The two sides traded solo home runs in each half of the first inning to move forward with a 1-1 draw. Freshman Kyle Sherick did the damage for the Redhawks, hitting his second long ball in as many games, and as many at-bats.
But LCSC would tag Seattle U starter Max Cuenca for a three-run homer in the top of the third to open up the game. Cuenca, a freshman in his first career start, finished with five strikeouts to go along with four hits, one walk and four runs allowed in four complete frames.
"Lewis-Clark State is a 19-time national champion for a reason," said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "They're a tough team that knows how to win. We gave Max his first start and obviously he got hurt on that three run homer, but he showed some signs of good things.
"We had a lot of opportunities with situational hitting to get back in the game," Harrel continued. "We outhit them, but when it counted we were too big."
The Redhawks would get a run back in the sixth as Connor O'Brien led off with a walk. Pinch runner Jason Harayda advanced to second on a balk, to third on a ground out and scored on Justin Mazzone's single through the right side. Seattle U could not add to the run, however, stranding a pair on base.
The Redhawks would load the bases in the seventh and get two on in the eighth, but could not plate a run in either frame.
The Wildcats added a fifth run in the seventh as a failed pickoff attempt at first allowed Thomas Lampkin, Jr. to advance an extra base and eventually score on a Darren Trainor single up the middle.
Seattle U sent seven total pitchers to the bump, where they collective finished with 10 strikeouts and just three walks allowed.
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