BELLEVUE, Wash. – (Apr. 1) Seattle University continued a three-game Western Athletic Conference set against New Mexico State University (16-12, 2-0 WAC) at Bannerwood Park on Saturday afternoon. The Redhawks (8-17, 1-4 WAC) couldn’t overcome an early deficit and took the loss, 8-5.
The Redhawks got into trouble early in the second inning, when starter Janson Junk allowed a deep double to center field to put runners on second and third with no outs, before letting up a two-run single. He continued to struggle in the inning, giving up back-to-back triples to let in another three runs, giving the Aggies a 6-0 lead before getting out of the inning.
The Redhawks came back in the bottom of the second, scoring two runs on a bomb to right field by Max Modeste, his fourth home run of the year.
Junk couldn’t get into a groove, giving up a home run to the leadoff batter in the third inning, stretching the Aggies’ lead to 7-2. He settled down for a couple of innings, but gave up a two-out triple to put the Aggies up by six runs.
Seattle U put runners at the corners in the fifth inning before New Mexico starter Marcel Renteria balked a run home. Austin Lively then came up and hit an RBI-single down the right field line to bring the score to 8-4.
Tyler Oldenberg came on in relief of Junk in the sixth inning and had a strong outing, striking out four and giving up just one hit in 2.2 scoreless innings. Junk (3-4) struck out four in five innings, but gave up eight runs, five of them earned.
The Redhawks made things interesting in the ninth inning by loading the bases with one out and Lively up to bat. Lively walked in a run to make it a three-run game and keep the bases loaded for Aaron Stroosma. But he grounded into a double play to end the game. Seattle U had trouble matching the Aggies’ offense, finishing with five runs on five hits.
Seattle U wraps up the series on Sunday, with first pitch set for 12 p.m.