LYNNWOOD, Wash. – (May 20) Seattle University finished up its regular season by dropping the series finale to Western Athletic Conference opponent Utah valley, 8-5, Saturday afternoon at Edmonds Community College.
Despite losing the game, the Redhawks qualified for the WAC Tournament by virtue of losses by UTRGV and Chicago State.
Tyler Oldenberg took the mound for his third start of the season. He pitched six innings, striking out three batters and giving up four runs.
The Redhawks (19-33-1, 8-16 WAC) got off to a quick start in the first inning, loading the bases on three walks to bring up Chase Wells. Wells took four straight balls to walk in a run and give the Redhawks an early lead. After a Dalton Hurd strikeout, Curtis Perrin drove in a run on a hard-hit infield single, but they couldn't manage another run and exited the inning with a 2-0 lead.
Seattle U started the second inning by putting runners on first and second with nobody out, ending the day for Utah Valley starter Paxton Schultz. He pitched just one inning, walking five batters and giving up two runs. Griffin Andreychuk, who became the Redhawks all-time hit leader on Friday, drove in a run with a single to give him 114 runs batted in for his Redhawks career, tying Brian Olson for the most in Seattle U baseball history.
Oldenberg found himself in trouble for the first time in the third inning, giving up two singles before a sacrifice fly to put the Wolverines on the board for the first time. On the next batter, a fly ball just out of Hurd's reach in center field bounced off the turf over the wall for an RBI ground-rule double. Oldenberg's struggles continued as he let up another RBI double to make it a 3-3 ballgame.
The Redhawks came right back and loaded the bases for a sacrifice fly by Curtis Perrin that scored Sean Sutton from third base, putting them up by one. Following a 1-2-3 inning by Oldenberg, Sutton drove in Austin Lively to put Seattle U up 5-3.
Utah Valley (18-34, 11-13 WAC) cut the lead to one run in the top of the sixth inning on a fielder's choice that sent a runner home from third on a double play attempt. UVU would tack on another three runs in the seventh inning and one more in the top of the ninth to give them a 8-5 lead.
"We have to look in the mirror," Head Coach Donny Harrel said. "We aren't seizing moments as they are available. But, we could be in Corvallis two weeks from now in a regional if we can get our act together. The bottom line is we get a chance to play a little longer. A new season starts Wednesday."
The 6-seed Redhawks will take on 3-seed Sacramento State on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in Mesa, Ariz, in the Western Athletic Conference baseball tournament.