BELLEVUE, Wash. – Seattle University baseball earns its first series sweep of the season, completing the weekend with a 13-9 victory over visiting Chicago State in Western Athletic Conference play at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Wash.
The Redhawks (12-34, 7-14 WAC) used four big scoring innings on their way to their third straight win. They would put up three in the first, three in the second, three in the third, and add four late in the eighth.
All told, eight different players collected at least one hit, eight players drove in at least one run and 10 players crossed home plate.
"That was a much needed sweep," said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "It was nice to see Jake Prizina back on the mound. There was obviously some rust there, but he'll be better next weekend which will be good for us."
Senior lefty Jake Prizina returned to the mound for the first time in a month after suffering an injury to his spleen in his last start on April 5. He would strike out one, walk four and scatter five hits for four runs – all in the first inning. Prizina gave way to Josh Thompson after 3.1 innings. Thompson went on to tally four strikeouts in 2.2 innings on his way to his first win of the year.
After Chicago State (10-33, 5-16 WAC) posted a four-run first, the Redhawks kept the visitor off the scoreboard for six consecutive innings. A Matt Cox solo homer in the eighth would snap that streak.
The Cougars would go on to rally for four runs in the ninth, making things interesting in the final frame. Alden Huschle would enter for the Redhawks and secure the final two outs, earning his first save.
"The bullpen has to be better and be able to carry a big lead all the way through," said Harrel. "However, good for Alden Huschle, who dealt the pressure situation well and showed us that we have options with him late. We still need some help, but this weekend gives us some leverage as we stay in the hunt for the playoffs."
The Redhawks continue WAC play next weekend, hosting co-league leader New Mexico State in a three-game series beginning Friday, May 10. For the most up-to-date information on game day, be sure to follow the Redhawks on Twitter at @seattleubase.