BELLEVUE, Wash. – (Apr. 10) Seattle University baseball earned its 20th win of the season Tuesday night at Bannerwood Park as the Redhawks swept a pair of non-conference games against visiting Air Force. The Redhawks won game one 4-1 in seven innings and game two 11-5 in nine innings.
The doubleheader was a late adjustment to the schedule due to expected inclement weather on Wednesday, but the Redhawks adapted quickly as they moved to 20-10 on the year. The Falcons fell to 14-19 overall.
Tyler Yeh earned the win in his first start of the season in the scheduled seven-inning opener. The sophomore made the most of the opportunity as he fanned one and scatter seven hits for one run in four innings.
Jake Prizina picked up his first save of the year as he struck out six of the nine batters he faced over the final three innings.
Cameron Sterne drove in the game's first run as a part of a three-hit second inning for Seattle U. Sean Sutton and Justin Mazzone each collected an RBI in the third as the Redhawks built a 3-0 advantage.
An Air Force sacrifice fly in the fifth cut the lead to 3-1. But Jack Reisinger knocked a solo home run over the left field fence in the sixth and Prizina struck out the side in the seventh to shut the door on the Falcons.
"Tyler has been wanting to start, had asked for an opportunity and he did a good job of keeping the ball in the glove so we could make some plays," said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "We turned three big double plays and Jack's home run was really the game stopper. Prizina was also really good at the end so that was a great combination."
In the nightcap, the Redhawks's offense got rolling as they used 14 hits to plate 11 runs. A Sean Sutton homer capped a three-run bottom of the first as Seattle U took an early 3-1 lead. Curtis Perrin delivered a three-run bomb over the right field fence as part of a five-run second, quickly making it 8-1 Redhawks.
Air Force scored once in the first, twice in the third, once in the fourth and once in the seventh, but the Redhawks added a three-run fifth to keep the Falcons out of reach.
"In game two we were a little disappointed with how we started with Jarrod and not being able to throw enough strikes," said Harrel. "But we had a little more going than (Air Force) from an offensive standpoint, including 10 two-hit strikes with is huge for our offense."
Seattle U takes the weekend off from Western Athletic Conference play, instead hosting Alcorn State in a three-game set at Bannerwood Park. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 5 p.m.