BELLEVUE, Wash. – Jarrod Billig recorded his second straight win and Jake Taylor hit a big home run to lead Seattle University baseball to a doubleheader split against Western Athletic Conference leader Sacramento State Friday afternoon at Bannerwood Park. The Redhawks took game one of the series, 4-2, before dropping game two, 9-3.
Billig scattered seven hits along with a pair of strikeouts while allowing just one run in 6.1 innings, improving to 2-2 on the season. Tyler Yeh tossed the final 2.2 innings, allowing just one unearned run on his way to his second save of the year.
"Billig gave us another quality start and pitched out of a couple tough situations," said Head Coach Donny Harrel of his sophomore southpaw. "We played really good defense, and Tyler Yeh kept us on the edge of our seats, but made the big plays when we needed to."
At the plate, the Redhawks struck first as Taylor knocked a single up the middle to score Austin Lively from second base in the bottom of the fourth.
After the Hornets (22-12, 8-3 WAC) tied the score in the fifth, Lively delivered an RBI-single in the fifth to put Seattle U back on top, 2-1. Taylor would then provide insurance runs, launching a two-run homer over the left field fence to make it 4-2 Redhawks.
Yeh would work out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and, despite giving up one unearned run in the ninth, ended the game on a swinging strikeout.
In game two, Sacramento State got on the board in the top of the first on a solo homer by Matt Smith, but the Redhawks (8-24, 4-7 WAC) would answer in the home half with a trip of runs on four hits and a walk. Lively delivered a two-RBI single and Chase Wells added an RBI-single to make it 3-1.
But the Redhawk offense would be held at bay for the remainder of the game while the Hornets slowly worked their way back into the game. The visitor added one run in the third and two in the fourth to go ahead 4-3. They would later tack on five runs in the final two frames.
"In game two, we bull-rushed their guy – 32 pitches in the first inning – but then we had trouble throwing strikes," Harrel said. "Brayden Weyer did a really good job but ran into some fatigue because his pitch count hasn't been up there and we need to pick up a guy up like that who's keeping us in the game. In the back end, we gave up too many freebees and walks that led to hits and big innings for Sac State. We have to continue to clean up the back end of the bullpen."
Marcus Guarin was saddled with the loss after surrendering the game-tying and go-ahead runs in the fourth – both unearned. Hornet starter Scott Randall earned the win and Tanner Dalton collected the save.
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