BELLEVUE, Wash. – (Feb. 19) In a game that featured a combined 23 runs, Seattle University baseball fell 13-10 to SIUE into the final game of a four-game series Sunday afternoon at Bannerwood Park. The teams split the series two games apiece.
The Redhawks (2-2) got off to a fast start, scoring two runs in the first inning, but the lead would be short lived as the Cougars (2-2) came right back in the second inning and tagged freshman Nathan Bonck for six runs. It was the debut outing for the Ketchikan, Alaska, and the rookie went 2.1 innings, giving up seven hits, six runs and striking out three.
“We didn’t get out of the block well,” Head Coach Donny Harrel said. “We had an inefficient start. We just left the ball up today and they took advantage of it. It was way too many home runs in a pitcher’s park.”
The teams went back and forth with their scoring for most of the day, with the Cougars staying just ahead of the Redhawks until the eighth inning. Seattle U was able to use patience to its advantage as an SIUE error and three walks helped the home team take a two-run lead.
Reliever Austen Hansen, who pitched the eighth inning, stayed in to close it out in the ninth, but couldn’t finish things off. He loaded the bases before giving up a grand slam to Keaton Wright to put the Cougars up for good. Hansen would be charged with the loss, while SIUE reliever Mason McCreaken picked up the win.
“There was too much, as we call it, ‘white on white,’” said Harrel. “Too many times with white baseball on the white part of the plate. They were sitting on pitches and able to get the barrel right on the ball.”
Jack Reisinger had a productive day for the Redhawks, with a two-run homer in the third and a two-run double in the seventh. The junior catcher finished the day with three hits, four RBIs and two runs scored. Aaron Stroosma also finished with four RBIs on a pair of hits.
“I like that the team didn’t give in,” said Harrel. “They fought back offensively and had quality at bats. We got a lot of opportunities at the plate and did a good job of converting.”
Seattle U travels to Minnesota next weekend to play a three-game series against the Gophers. The first game is set for Friday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. CT, 4:30 p.m. PT.