BELLEVUE, Wash. – (Apr. 22) Sean Sutton delivered a two-out, walk-off, RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th inning to propel Seattle University baseball to a 4-3 win over UTRGV Sunday afternoon at Bannerwood Park.
The win gave the Redhawks (25-11, 8-4 WAC) the series victory after also earning a 12-8 victory in the opener on Friday. The Vaqueros dropped to 19-21 overall and 5-7 in Western Athletic Conference play.
UTRGV pushed a pair of runs across the plate in the top of the first against Redhawk starter Nick Meservey. The Vaqueros added a third run in the fourth and Seattle U saw itself trailing 3-0 through four complete.
"That was a tough start for Nick, but we're trying to get his pitch count up more than anything," Said Head Coach Donny Harrel. " And then our bullpen came in and was fantastic. Tyler did a great job, Zach and then Nathan in the 10th to give us an opportunity."
Both teams went scoreless through the remainder of regulation, sending the game into extra innings. Reliever Nathan Bonck worked his way through the top of the 10th, drawing two quick outs on a ground out and fly out. He would issue a walk to Anthony Gomez, but induce a ground out to Elijah Alexander to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 10th, leadoff Cameron Sterne struck out swinging, but Austin Lively followed with a single into left-center field. Curtis Perrin flew out to the shortstop for the second out, but Hurd drew a walk to put runners on first and second. That brought Sutton to the plate to send a short, lofting hit into shallow left field to score Lively for the game-winning run.
"We don't want to win with the long ball, but Chase Wells helped us with that two-run home run and then Dalton to tie it," said Harrel. "And then we get a fortunate base hit by Sean Sutton for a great celebration. We're very proud to win the series."
Bonck (2-1) earned the win in one inning of relief. Tyler Yeh and Zach Wolf combined for seven innings of relief. Yeh struck out two and scatter six hits for one run in four innings of work. Wolf fanned three and surrendered one hit in three innings.
The Redhawks return to action Monday night, hosting Puget Sound at 7:15 p.m. at Bannerwood Park.