BELLEVUE, Wash. – Seattle University baseball got itself back in the win column Friday, using a big four-run seventh inning to break open the first of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series against Chicago State and run away with a 12-3 victory.
Jake Taylor had a monster day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. The Redhawk battery totaled 15 hits and put runs on the board in five different frames. Kyler Murphy, Kyle Sherick, Connor O'Brien and Julian Kodama added two hits apiece.
Jarrod Billig picked up his fourth win of the season after going seven complete innings on the mound. The sophomore southpaw fanned a pair, walked one and scattered six hits for three runs (two earned). Alden Huschle closed out the final two frames by striking out two and not allowing a run.
"We're in must win situations now in order to get into the WAC Tournament and this is a team that we need to be above in the standings by the time the weekend is over," said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "Jarrod gave us a good start and we got runs early to support him, and then Alden did a really good job in relief after we separated."
"Jake was really good at the plate today and Kyler had some big swings to get some things done," Harrel continued. "We took advantage of some free bees, which we haven't at times this season. This was a good start to the series and now we need to keep the momentum going."
The Redhawks (10-34, 5-14 WAC) got on the board in the bottom of the second on a two-RBI double by Taylor. They made it 3-0 in the third with a pair of hits, including an RBI-single by O'Brien.
Chicago State (10-31, 5-14 WAC) would tie the score in the fifth with a trio of runs, but Seattle U responded quickly in the home half of the frame with two runs. They would go on the break the game open in the seventh, pushing four runs across the plate to make it 9-3. Three more runs in the eighth would all but put the game away as Taylor singled in a run, Chase Wells signaled in a run and Gavin Rork tallied an RBI on a fielders choice.
The Redhawks and Cougars continue their three-game WAC series on Saturday with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Bellevue College, and wrap with an 11 a.m. start on Sunday back at Bannerwood. For the most up-to-date information on game day, be sure to follow the Redhawks on Twitter at @seattleubase.