BELLEVUE, Wash. – (Apr. 23) Seattle University baseball (13-24-1, 5-10 WAC) closed out a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at Bannerwood Park against Sacramento State (20-20, 6-9 WAC) with a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Sean Sutton crushed a home run to deep right field with two outs in the ninth to give the Redhawks a 7-4 victory.
The Hornets jumped out to a quick lead, scoring three times in the first two innings. They were able to extend their lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning with an RBI-single.
It didn’t take long for the Redhawks to fire back, going on a two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth. Jeffrey Morgan slapped a single to left field, allowing two players to come around and score. Kyler Murphy and Griffin Andreychuk followed that up with a single and a walk to load the bases. Austin Lively came to the plate and smacked a ball to right-center field, driving in two more runs, but Andreychuk tried to score from first and was called out at home to halt the rally.
"We pieced some good swings together," Head Coach Donny Harrel said. "We were able to get some hits early in the count and take advantage of mistakes by the pitcher."
Tyler Oldenberg relieved starter Connor Moore in the fifth inning and quickly found himself in trouble. After striking out the first batter he gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases, but worked his way out of the jam, inducing a grounder for a double play. Oldenberg (2-1) pitched five innings, striking out five batters and giving up two hits and no runs for his second win of the season.
"It was a great job by Tyler to keep us in the game," Harrel said.
The Hornets were able to get two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Michael Ciancio drew a walk and Curtis Perrin singled to put Sutton in a position to win the game. Sutton got all the way around on a fastball and knocked it out of the park to give the Redhawks a walk-off win.
"We've been waiting for a big play like that for a while, to give us that feeling," Harrel said. "It was a big swing by Sean Sutton. Having the players get this feeling of winning in a pressure situation is so important. This game was a must-win for us. Now we have to piece some wins together and try and get hot heading into the tournament."
Seattle University is back in action on Tuesday Apr. 25 when it take on the University of Washington at Bannerwood Park. The game has a scheduled start time of 5:00 p.m. and will be streamed on the WAC Digital Network.