BELLEVUE, Wash. – (Apr. 21) Seattle University baseball (12-23-1, 4-9 WAC) returned home for a three-game Western Athletic Conference series against Sacramento State (19-19, 5-8, WAC) at Bannerwood Park on Friday. The Redhawks dropped the game 3-2 in extra innings.
The Redhawks came back from down 2-0 to tie the game in the ninth inning and send it to extra innings, but could not pull out the win.
Jake Prizina got the start for Seattle U, going seven innings, while striking out three and allowing two runs. He threw 117 pitches, but remained effective even late in the game.
Prizina got out of a jam in the top of the third inning when he loaded the bases with two outs, but was able to get a flyball to get out of the inning. He found himself in the same position the next inning by putting runners on second and third with one out, but couldn’t work his way out of that one, giving up a two-RBI single to third baseman Ricky Martinez.
The Redhawks were able to get on the board with a two-out solo home run by Curtis Perrin in the bottom of the seventh inning. The hit sent the Hornets' right fielder over the wall in an attempt to rob the home run, but he came up empty handed, and the Redhawks cut the deficit to 2-1.
With one more chance in the bottom of the ninth, Griffin Andreychuk was hit by a pitch to put the tying run on first with nobody out. He followed that up by stealing second base before Perrin struck out. Sean Sutton hit what should have been an easy ground out, but the throw from second went by first base and Andreychuk came around to score, tying up the game 2-2.
After inheriting a runner from Nathan Bonck, reliever Zach Wolf gave up a single and what would be the game-winning run came around to score. The Redhawks couldn’t take advantage of a runner on first in the bottom of the inning.
Seattle U is back at Bannerwood Park on Saturday for game two of the series. First pitch was moved up to 11:00 a.m.