CHICAGO – (March 29) Jake Prizina collected a season high nine strikeouts and the Redhawk battery had another big day at the plate as Seattle University baseball opened its three-game Western Athletic Conference series at Chicago State with a 10-1 victory Thursday afternoon at Cougar Stadium.
The Redhawks improve to 14-9 on the season and 2-2 in WAC play with the win. The Cougars fall to 5-17 on the year and 0-4 in the WAC.
Prizina moved to 3-0 on the season after tossing seven complete innings. He allowed three hits for on earned run in the bottom of the first, but would settled in after that, including 1-2-3 innings in the second, third and fourth. The junior southpaw finished with nine strikeouts, nine hits allowed and zero walks.
Prizina gave way to Nathan Bonck in the top of the eighth. The sophomore collected two strikeouts while not allowing a run in the final two frames.
Seattle U's battery scored once in the first, once in the second and once in the fourth before exploding for six runs in the fifth. Lucas Denney, Chase Wells, Jacob Prater and Austin Lively all collected RBIs in the inning, while two runs were scored on a Cougar fielding error.
Lively and Kyler Murphy each tallied a double, Wells hit his second triple of the season and Denney launched his third home run.
Due to inclement weather expected in the Chicago area on Saturday, the Redhawks and Cougars will conclude the three-game set on Friday with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. Central Time, 10 a.m. Pacific.