BELLEVUE, Wash. – Seattle U baseball opened play on its home field Friday, earning a doubleheader split against visiting Omaha. The Redhawks won game one, 12-0, in 5.1 innings before dropping the nightcap, 3-2.
Jake Prizina (2-0) got things going strong for the Redhawks for the second straight week, fanning five, walking one and allowing just one hit in five complete innings.
"Prizina was outstanding, especially in harsh conditions," said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "He did a really good job of keeping Omaha in check. And then we had some home runs and took advantage of hot bats along with really good pitching. It was a good first win."
The Seattle U battery gave the senior southpaw ample support, scoring twice in the first, five times in the second, twice in the third, once in the fourth and twice in the fifth. Seven of the game's 12 runs were scored courtesy of four homers.
Chase Wells got things going in the first would a two-run shot down the left-field line in the bottom of the first. Kyle Sherick led off the second inning with a solo shot and Justin Mazzone later followed with a two-run blast. Freshman Julian Kodama rounded out the long ball hitting with his first collegiate home run, a two-RBI shot in the third.
Kodama and Austin Lively finished with three hits and two RBIs apiece, while Wells had a pair of hits and four RBIs.
Max Cuenca replaced Prizina on the bump in the top of the sixth, but after recording one out, umpires called the game complete due to inclement weather.
The nightcap saw a quality pitcher's duel as both sides combined for 21 strikeouts.
Redhawk starter Josh Thompson fanned five while allowing one earned run in four complete innings. The freshman also surrendered four walks. Will Smith closed out the final five frames, fanning six while allowing just three hits and two runs, one earned.
The Mavericks pushed a run across the plate in the first after leadoff batter Jack Lombardi reached on a walk, advanced to second on a Thomas DeBonville single and scored on a Keil Krumwiede single to left.
Seattle U responded with a run in the home half of the second off a Kyle Sherick RBI-single that scored Wells from third.
Lombardi would reach on a walk once again in the fifth, and eventually score for a 2-1 Maverick advantage. The eventual game-winning run would come in the sixth as Ben Palensky reached on a two-out walk and would later score on a fielding error.
Omaha starter Payton Kinney struck out eight in five innings on his way to earning his second win of the year. Cal Hehnke was credited with the save after four innings of relief.
"Josh came out still a little bit unsettled and we gave up a free run," Harrel said of game two. "But he was better this week than last week, so we're happy with the progression. Omaha's second and third runs were from walks, and we got beat by the fastball offensively. Kinney was really, really good and we just could get our timing right."
The Redhawks and Mavericks will resume play on Saturday, looking to complete the series with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. For the most up-to-date information on game day, be sure to follow the Redhawks on Twitter at @seattleubase.