SAN DIEGO, Calif. – San Diego State scored an unearned run in the bottom of the 10th, taking game one of a three-game series from the Seattle University baseball team Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego.
The Redhawks (4-13) got solid production from the top of their lineup as the first four batters combined for six hits and three RBIs. Seattle U also drew six walks in the game as it scored once in the third, once in the fourth, twice in the fifth and once in the seventh.
Starting pitcher Jake Prizina had a solid six-inning outing as he fanned five, did not issue a walk and scattered nine hits. The Aztecs (9-7) got to the senior lefty just once, putting together a five-hit fourth inning that led to a trio of runs.
A Julian Kodama pinch-hit, RBI-single in the seventh gave the Redhawks a 5-3 lead. But the Aztecs would rally in the home half of the inning off of Seattle U's relief staff. Will Smith surrendered a walk and hit by pitch to put a pair of runners on.
Smith was quickly replaced by Jarrod Billig, but another walk loaded the bases and the second hit batter of the inning sent the first runner across home plate. SDSU then collected the tying run on a sacrifice fly before the Redhawks could get out of the inning.
Billig would settle in for a pair of scoreless innings, but errors would haunt the Redhawks again in the 10th as Joe Fitzhugh reached on an error by Austin Lively at third, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Matt Rudick single up the middle.
The Redhawks and Aztecs continue their three-game set on Saturday with another 6 p.m. first pitch at Tony Gwynn Stadium.