BELLEVUE, Wash. – An offensive blitz from Western Athletic Conference leader New Mexico State saw Seattle University baseball take a 21-7 defeat Friday afternoon at Bannerwood Park. Jacob Prater and Connor O'Brien both went 2-for-4 and scored a combined three runs.
With the Aggies going up 4-0 after two innings of play, the Redhawks (12-36, 7-16 WAC) kept things tight in the bottom of the third with O’Brien adding two RBIs and scoring Prater and Kyler Murphy following a patient batting display from the home side. Seattle U cut the lead in half going to the top of the fourth, 4-2.
The Redhawks continued to keep up against the visitors, who lead the nation in seven offensive categories including team batting average and team slugging. With the Aggies chipping in three in the fifth, SU matched with three of their own courtesy of an O'Brien triple that brought home Kyle Sherick and Prater who both singled in their at-bats. Justin Mazzone scored O’Brien through a sacrifice grounder, applying the pressure with the score at 7-5 in favor of the visitors.
NM State (35-12, 17-6 WAC) didn’t look back them there. The Aggies scored 14 runs in the final four frames, tallying a total of 20 hits and forcing the Redhawks into four errors. Seattle U tacked on two in the home eighth to keep the game going, but had no response to the offensive performance from New Mexico State.
"This was the best offensive team we've faced all year, but we also got a non-typical start from Jarrod," Head Coach Donny Harrel said. "And we didn't catch it good for him, didn't play good defense. We were able to hang around and get that big two spot, but left a couple on base that could have tied it up. And then our bullpen couldn't keep them off the bases. We have to just flush this one and move forward – take care of it mound, take care of it on defense and find a way to score some runs."
The Redhawk look to take game two in the three-game set against the Aggies Saturday, May 11 at Courter Field, located at Bellevue College. First pitch is set at 1:00 p.m.