BELLEVUE, Wash. – Seattle University baseball dropped a pair of non-conference games to University of Portland Tuesday afternoon at Bannerwood Park, including a 16-14 final and an 8-4 finish.
The teams opened the afternoon by completing a halted game that began one week ago in Portland. Picking things back up with a 13-12 lead in the bottom of the fifth and two outs, Seattle U would add a run in the top of the seventh on a Jake Taylor RBI double. But the Pilots responded with four runs on five hits and a walk off of reliever Alex Jemal.
All told, the game took a total of four hours and 21 minutes, featured 30 total runs, 21 hits, 15 strikeouts, 22 walks and 17 pitchers used.
Taylor led the Redhawks at the plate, finishing 3-for-3 with six RBIs. Justin Mazzone also collected a trio of hits in the game.
Jemal took the loss for the Redhawks while Cameron Richman, who pitched three innings Tuesday, was credited with the win. Connor Knutson earned his eighth save of the year.
In the nightcap game, Seattle U (6-21) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second. The battery strung together six hits in the frame, including a two-RBI single from Julian Kodama and an RBI-single from Kyle Sherick.
Starter Desmond Parisotto had a quality start, tossing five complete scoreless innings before giving way to the bullpen. But the Redhawk relievers could not hold the lead as the young staff surrendered one run in the sixth and three in the seventh as Portland took a brief 4-3 lead.
The Redhawks would tie the game in the home half of the ninth, but Portland (19-11) rallied once again in the 10th, scoring four times off of Marvcus Guarin.
The Redhawks resume Western Athletic Conference play this weekend, hosting California Baptist in a three-game set beginning Friday, April 5. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Bannerwood Park. For the most up-to-date information on game day, be sure to follow the Redhawks on Twitter at @seattleubase.