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SEATTLE – Western Athletic Conference play continues this week for Seattle University baseball (7-23, 3-6 WAC) as the Redhawks host league-leader Sacramento State (21-11, 7-2 WAC) in a three-game set at Bannerwood Park. Due to expected inclement weather over the weekend, the Redhawks and Hornets will look to play a doubleheader on Friday, April 12 beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday's single game is currently scheduled for 2 p.m. For the most up-to-date information on game day, be sure to follow the Redhawks on Twitter at @seattleubase.

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THE MATCH-UPS
PROBABLE STARTERS
SU: LHP Jarrod Billig (1-2, 2.01 ERA) vs. Sac State: RHP Austin Roberts (3-2, 2.43 ERA)
SU: TBA vs. Sac State: RHP Scott Randall (5-1, 2.15 ERA)
SU: TBA vs. Sac State: RHP Parker Brahms (2-2, 3.57 ERA)

SERIES HISTORY
Seattle U is 10-18 in the series against Sacramento State since 2011. The Redhawks won the regular-season WAC series in 2016, 2-1, but the Hornets have won the last two series, 2-1. The teams have also met in each of the last three WAC Tournaments with Sac State winning the two most recent meetings.

REDHAWK REPORT

  • Seattle U sits at 7-23 overall and 3-6 in Western Athletic Conference play after going 1-2 in a three-game series against California Baptist last weekend.
  • Sophomore Jarrod Billig picked up his first win of the season after allowing just three hits and one run in 6.2 innings as the Redhawks won game two, 11-1, in eight innings.
  • Senior Kyler Murphy had a solid weekend at the plate, going 4-for-7 (.571) with three runs scored and three RBIs. He also collected a trio of walks and did not strike out once.
  • For the season, Murphy leads the Redhawks with a .361 batting average, going 22-for-61 in 23 games played.
  • Freshman Kyle Sherick is batting .314 with a team-high 38 hits, while Jacob Prater is hitting .308 with 37 hits.
  • Justin Mazzone and Jake Taylor are tied for the team lead with 25 RBIs apiece. Mazzone had six doubles and a team-high five homers while Taylor had a team-high eight doubles to go along with three homers.
  • Jake Prizina has been one of the most consistent presences on the mound for the Redhawks with a 2.45 ERA while also holding opponents to a .224 batting average. The senior southpaw has struck out 39 while walking just seven in 55.0 innings.
  • Prizina is climbing up the list in a number of program all-time records. Entering this week, he already holds the all-time records strikeouts (237), innings pitched (300.0) and starts (43). He also ranks second in wins (19) and eighth in total appearances (67). Tarik Skubal (2015-16, 18) holds the career record for wins with 21 while the all-time appearances record is held by Garrett Anderson (2012-15) with 83.
  • Jake Prizina was named WAC Pitcher of the Week and PerfectGame.org National Pitcher of the Week following his complete-game shutout of the Rebels on opening day. The senior southpaw scattered five hits and struck out five while walking just one to earn the win. It marked the first nine-inning complete game for the Redhawks since 2014 and just the third overall since Seattle U resurrected its baseball program in 2010.
  • The 2019 season marks the 10th year of Redhawk baseball since the program was resurrected in 2010 as part of the University's return to NCAA Division I athletics.
  • One of the youngest teams Head Coach Donny Harrel has managed in his 10 seasons at Seattle U, the 2019 Redhawks' active roster features 13 freshmen, seven sophomores, six juniors and six seniors.
  • The Redhawks return 17 letterwinners from 2018, a squad that went 34-23 – the second most wins in Redhawk program history.
  • Senior LHP Jake Prizina, junior third baseman Austin Lively and sophomore catcher/designated hitter Justin Mazzone all earned a spot on the 14-man Preseason All-WAC Team. It is the first such honor for all three Redhawks.
  • Prizina is the Redhawks' top returning starting pitcher after back-to-back stellar seasons as a sophomore and junior. The Sparks, Nev., native went 8-1 with a 3.82 ERA in 2018. He fanned 92 while walking just 16 in 99 innings.
  • Lively was one of four players to start all 56 games in 2018. He hit .316 while collecting 65 total hits - second most on the team. He added 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs, eight stolen bases and a team-high 48 runs scored.
  • Mazzone collected a team-high .339 batting average during his rookie campaign for the Redhawks. He started 29 games and appeared in 49. In 115 at bats, the Huntington Beach, Calif., native had 39 hits, including five doubles and three home runs, while driving in 19 runs and scoring 17 times.
  • The Redhawks earned 54 points and were selected fourth in the WAC preseason poll, as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches. Grand Canyon was the preseason favorite to win the 2019 WAC title with five first-place votes and 75 points, while the Lopes' Quin Cotton and New Mexico State's Brock Whittlesey were selected as the preseason Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The Aggies earned three first-place votes and 74 points, while Sacramento State had two first-place votes and 69 points.

GET YOUR TICKETS!
Single game tickets are available for all remaining Seattle U baseball home games during the 2019 season. For more information, visit goseattleu.com/tix or contact the SU Athletics Ticket Office at 206-398-GOSU or seattleutickets@seattleu.edu.