BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Seattle University baseball built a big lead early and held off a late charge by CSU Bakersfield on its way to a 7-6 victory in the Western Athletic Conference series opener Friday night at Hardt Field in Bakersfield.
The Redhawks move to 6-17 overall and an even 2-2 in WAC play while the 'Runners fall to 13-14 overall and 1-3 in league action.
"Our offense did a really good job getting one of the best starters in the conference out after four innings," said Head Coach Donny Harrlel.
In the fourth, Prater reached on a two-out double, then scored on Kyle Sherick's RBI-single to center field, making it 4-0 Redhawks and chasing starter Darius Vines from the game. Seattle U would add a fifth unanswered run in the sixth when Kyler Murphy walked, advanced to second on a walk drawn by Gavin Rork, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.
Starter Jake Prizina was dealing through the first five innings, not allowing a hit until the fifth frame. He would give up two hits in the inning, but work his way out of the inning by inducing a double-play ball.
He would falter slightly in the sixth as the 'Runners finally broke through with four runs on four hits and one error.
But Alex Jemal would enter to toss the final three frames, withstanding a pair of late CSUB runs to earn his second save of the year and preserve Prizina's fourth win.
"Prizina was sharp and then they took advantage of some elevated pitches to get the four-run inning," said Harrel of his senior southpaw. "But Jemal coming in with the bases loaded in the seventh and pitching out of it was the key to us winning tonight. We need to tighten up our defense a bit and keep on swinging, but overall I'm very proud of this Friday night win on the road."
The Redhawks and 'Runners continue their three-game series on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. at Hardt Field.