BELLEVUE, Wash. - (Mar. 2) Seattle University baseball dropped its opening game of a four-game set against Sacred Heart, 6-3, at Bannerwood Park Thursday.
Two three-run innings by the Pioneers (4-4) did the damage as the Redhawks (2-6) managed just a single run in each of the first, seventh and eighth innings.
Janson Junk took the loss (1-2), surrendering 10 hits and two walks for six earned runs in five complete innings. Jake Prizina fanned two, walked three and allowed just two hits in the final four innings.
Sacred Heart got to Junk early as Ted Shaw led off the game with a single. The leadoff would then steal second and advance to third on a wild pitch. An Elijah Brown walk put runners on the corners for Keith Klebart, who delivered a single through the left side to score Shaw.
After Junk got his second out of the inning, the Pioneers would still rally, sending two more runs across the plate on RBI-singles. A fly out to right field finally ended the inning.
Aaron Stroosma sent in his team-leading ninth RBI of the season as his single through the right side sent Griffin Andreychuk home from second in the home half of the inning. Andreychuk reached by beating out a single to the shortstop and advancing to second on a Sean Sutton walk.
Seattle U would strand three in the frame, however, to trail 3-1 through one complete.
After a quick three innings, the Pioneers put together another three-run string in the fifth. A two-RBI double by Brown made it 5-1 in favor of the visitor and a bases-loaded single to Junk added SHU’s final run before the Redhawks ended things with a 5-4-3 double play.
The Redhawks got runners in scoring position in both the fifth and the sixth, but could not find the clutch hit.
Jack Reisinger led off the seventh with a solo shot over the left-field fence to make it 6-2, Pioneers.
A final rally in the bottom of the ninth started with back-to-back singles from Austin Lively and Reisinger. Pitch hitter Cameron Sterne drew a walk to load the bases and Curtis Perrin followed with a sacrifice fly to center. But Pioneer reliever Baylor Sundahl recorded back-to-back strikeouts as the Redhawks stranded eight total runners on the day.
Stroosma, Reisinger and Jake Taylor had two hits apiece for Seattle U. Shaw and Klebert had three each for Sacred Heart.
The teams are set to continue the series on Friday with a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. at Bannerwood Park.