BELLEVUE, Wash. - (Mar. 8) Jake Prizina starred on the mound for Seattle U baseball, tossing eight scoreless innings as the Redhawks earned a 4-0 shutout of visiting Indiana State Wednesday afternoon at Bannerwood Park.
The sophomore lefty turned in the best start for a Redhawk pitcher this season as he fanned four, walked one and allowed just three hits in eight scoreless innings. Zach Wolf finished things off in the ninth.
Seattle U’s offense gave Prizina all the support he needed. They snapped a scoreless tie by pushing a pair of runs across in the second inning, then added solo runs in the sixth and eighth for insurance.
The key was Prinzia from the get-go. The Sparks, Nev., native retired three straight Sycamores (5-7) in both the first and second innings. The first base runner would reach on the third inning on an error. But Prizina would clean things up with back-to-back outs, leaving a runner stranded on second.
The Redhawks (5-7) would break through in the fourth as Aaron Stroosma led off with a single up the middle. He would steal second and then score when Dalton Hurd reached on a dropped fly ball to left field. Austin Lively followed with a single up the middle to send Hurd across home plate for a 2-0 advantage.
Prizina would finally surrender a pair of hits in the Indiana State sixth. But he got Dominic Bifano to ground into a double play to end the inning.
In the home half of the sixth, Lively tallied his second RBI of the game with a ground out to short that sent Hurd home from third. Hurd had led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jack Reisinger.
The Redhawks added their final run in the eighth on a Reisinger RBI-single.
Stroosma finished the game with a pair of hits while five other players had one hit apiece.
Seattle U heads on the road this weekend in a last-minute schedule change. Due to expected inclement weather, the Redhawks’ four-game series against Pacific has been moved to Stockton, Calif., beginning Friday, Mar. 10. First pitch Friday night is scheduled for 6 p.m.