MINNEAPOLIS - (Feb. 26) Seattle U and Minnesota combined for 30 hits in Sunday’s series finale at U.S. Bank Stadium. But the Redhawks came up just short in the offensive battle, falling 11-7 as the Gophers swept the series.
Curtis Perrin went 3-for-4 to lead Seattle U (2-5) while Dalton Hurd, Griffin Andreychuk, Jeffrey Morgan and Jack Reisinger had two hits apiece. The Gophers’ (4-1) Jordan Smith went 4-for-5 with four RBIs as 16 total players between the two squads tallied at least one hit.
The Redhawks began the scoring in the top of the second with a two-run blast from Morgan. Andreychuk also scored on the play after leading off the inning with a single.
Minnesota would immediately respond with four runs on six hits in the bottom of the inning and the teams would go back and forth from there.
Seattle U added single runs in the third and fifth while Minnesota scored once in the fourth and twice in the fifth, making it 7-4 through five complete. The Redhawks rallied again in the sixth when Austin Lively doubled in Hurd, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.
Sean Sutton was then hit by a pitch and Aaron Stroosma walked to load the bases. That brought Andreychuk to the plate. With one out, the senior shortstop reached on a fielder’s choice as Sutton was out at third and Lively scored to make it a one-run ballgame, 7-6.
A Hurd sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh knotted the score at 7-7, but that would be the last of the scoring for the Redhawks. Minnesota, meanwhile, scored the go ahead run in the home half of the frame, courtesy a two-out Petersen RBI-single. The Gophers would tack on three insurance runs in the eighth.
Zach Wolf (0-2) took the loss in relief for the Redhawks. The sophomore surrendered three runs on five hits and three walks in 3.1 innings. Starter Jake Prizina lasted four innings, striking out two, walking two and giving up nine hits for seven runs.
Gopher reliever Alex Farley earned the win while closer Brian Glowicki earned his third save of the year.
Seattle U returns home to begin a 13-game home stand on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The Redhawks host Portland at 5 p.m. at Bannerwood Park.