GREELEY, Colo. - (Apr. 9) Seattle U’s bats stayed hot for a fifth straight game and the pitching also held strong for nine complete innings as the Redhawks’ baseball team earned a 10-1 win over Northern Colorado Sunday, taking the Western Athletic Conference series, 2-1.
The victory gave Seattle U its first series victory of the season as it improved to 11-19-1 overall and 3-6 in WAC play. Northern Colorado dropped to 12-17 overall and 4-5 in WAC play.
Two freshmen and a sophomore starred on the mound for the Redhawks. Rookie Lucas Chapman earned the win in his first start, going 5.1 strong innings. He fanned five, walked one and scattered five hits for one run. Nathan Bonck struck out three in 2.2 innings of relief and Zack Wolf closed out the ninth with a pair of strikeouts.
The Redhawk battery used three big innings to build their lead, scoring three times in the fourth, five times in the seventh and twice in the eighth. With the bases loaded in the fourth, Jeffery Morgan knocked a three-RBI single to center to put SU on top 3-1.
Sean Sutton made it 5-1 in the seventh with a pair of RBI's while reaching on an error. Griffin Andreychuk added an RBI-triple and Michael Ciancio knocked a two-run homer over the left-center field fence, pushing the lead to 8-1. Sutton would drive in two more runs in the eighth, finishing the day 4-for-5 with four RBI’s and two runs scored.
The Redhawks are back on the road again next week, traveling to Edinburg, Texas, for a three-game WAC series against UTRGV. Game one is set for Thursday, Apr. 13 at 7 p.m. Central, 5 p.m. Pacific.