BELLEVUE, Wash. – (Apr. 6) Behind quality pitching and a handful of key hits, Seattle University baseball clinched the series victory over visiting Northern Colorado with a 6-5, 8-1 doubleheader sweep in Western Athletic Conference play Friday at Bannerwood Park.
"This was a good sweep for us and we'll look to get one more before the weekend is over," said Head Coach Donny Harrel.
The starter in game one, Jake Prizina moved to 4-0 on the season after matching his season-high with nine strikeouts in 5.2 innings. He scattered eight hits for five runs while issuing just one walk.
The junior lefty gave up a pair of runs in the top of the first, then settle in to toss a pair of scoreless innings.
"Jake was not at his best early but made some adjustments with his changeup," said Harrel. "We left a lot of guys on in the first game and didn't take advantage of opportunities but found a way to win which is always good at home."
Dalton Hurd put the Redhawks on the board in the bottom of the first with a bases loaded sacrifice fly. UNC pitcher Gavin Gorrell would get out of the inning without any further damage as Seattle U stranded three.
The Redhawks went scorers and left three runners on in the second, but would capitalize in the fourth as Austin Lively knocked a three-RBI double into deep left field to give Seattle U a 4-2 lead.
UNC's Brett Minnick connected on a solo home run to lead off the fourth, but Prizina would strike out the side, then get three straight outs in the fifth. Sean Sutton's two-RBI single in the home half of the fifth pushed the Redhawk lead to 6-3 before the Bears tacked on two more in the sixth to make it a one-run ballgame.
Tyler Yeh would come on to relieve Prizina and get the final out of the sixth, then pitch a scoreless seventh. He would give way to Zach Wolf in the eighth, who closed out the final two innings for his seventh save of the season.
In the nightcap, a two-out rally broke open a scoreless game two as the Redhawks plated five runs in the fourth. With two outs, Seattle U strung together four straight hits, including an RBI-single from Jack Reisginger and an RBI single from Cameron Sterne that would ultimately score two runs.
Following a Lively hit-by-pitch, Curtis Perrin laced a two-RBI double into left center field to make it 5-0 Redhawks.
Northern Colorado got one run back in the seventh off of reliever Drake Maningo. The Redhawks would go on to add two more runs in the seventh and one in the eighth.
Tarik Skubal moved to 4-0 on the season with arguably his strongest start of the season. The redshirt junior lefty fanned nine in six shutout innings. He scattered five hits and allowed just three walks.
"That's the best Tarik has looked this year, not giving up many freebees and really being in command," Harrel said. "The big guy for me today was Drake Maningo who did a great job coming in and not giving (Northern Colorado) any momentum to go into tomorrow."
Nine different Redhawks had one hit each as five different Bears took the mound in the game. Aaron Hamilton was strapped with the loss after giving up five runs in 3.2 innings of work.
The Redhawks and Bears will look to conclude the WAC series Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bannerwood Park.