BELLEVUE, Wash. - (May 16) Seattle University baseball held a 4-1 lead through six complete innings, but a four-run rally in the seventh by visiting Arizona State led to an eventual 6-4 setback for the Redhawks Tuesday afternoon at Bannerwood Park.
It was the final non-conference game of the season for Seattle U, which drops to 18-31-1 on the year. The Sun Devils improve to 23-26 overall.
Seattle U starter Nathan Bonck turned in his longest and strongest start of the season despite taking a no decision. The freshman lefty fanned two, walked one and allowed just four hits for one run in six complete innings.
Reliever Alden Huschle (0-3) would take the loss after giving up three earned runs to SAU in the top of the seventh.
ASU tied the score in the top of the second with a solo home run by Zach Cerbo, but Seattle U snatched the lead back with a pair of runs in the fourth. Chase Wells would score an unearned run as Blaine Wagner reached on a fielding error by the third baseman, while Jake Taylor scored one batter later on a Jeffery Morgan sacrifice fly.
The Redhawks pushed their lead to 4-1 in the sixth as Morgan knocked in his second run of the game, this time sending Taylor home on a double down the left-field line.
But things unraveled in the top of the seventh as Huschle surrendered a pair of walks and a single to load the bases. He was quickly replaced by Austin Hansen who gave up a two-RBI single to Jeremy McCuin and allowed Huschle's third runner to score on a wild pitch. The Sun Devils would take the lead on a bases-loaded, RBI-bunt single to third before Hansen could get out of the inning with a strikeout.
ASU added an insurance run in the ninth and the Redhawks would manage just one hit in the final three frames. Reliever Grant Schneider earned the win on the mound while Connor Higgins tallied his fourth save of the season.
Taylor finished with two hits and two runs scored for SU while six others had one hit each.
With spots in the six-team Western Athletic Conference Tournament still up for grabs, the Redhawks host Utah Valley University in a three-game set beginning Thursday at 5 p.m. at Bannerwood Park.