SACRAMENTO – (May 5) Chase Wells snapped a tie ballgame with an RBI-double in the eighth inning as Seattle University baseball earned the season's 30th win - a 4-3 final over Sacramento State Saturday night at John Smith Field.
The Redhawks move to 30-14 on the season and 11-6 in Western Athletic Conference play. This marks the third time during the nine seasons since the program was resurrected that the Redhawks have hit 30 wins.
The back-and-forth thriller began with the Hornets (25-20, 12-5 WAC) jumping on the board in the first with a solo home run by James Outman.
Seattle U evened the score in the fourth when seniors Dalton Hurd and Season Sutton hit back-to-back two-out doubles. The Redhawks put together another two-out rally in the fifth as Kyler Murphy singled up the middle. Austin Lively followed with a home run to right field - just his second long ball of the year - to give Seattle U a 3-1 lead.
After delivering five scoreless innings, starter Jake Prizina walked Sac State's Keith Torres to open the seventh. Following an 11-pitch pop-up out, Prizina would give way to Nathan Bonck, who got out No. 2 on a strikeout, but would then give up a home run to PJ Floyd, evening the score at 3-3.
Sutton would lead off the eighth with single and Justin Mazzone drew a walk, bringing Wells to the plate. The sophomore outfielder sent the 3-1 pitch into deep right field, sending Sutton home from second for the go-ahead run.
Bonck would deliver a scoreless eighth inning and Tyler Yeh fanned two in the ninth to preserve the win and earn his second save of the season. Bonck was credited with the win, moving to 4-1 on the year.
The rubber match between the Redhawks and Hornets is set for Sunday at noon from John Smith Field.