BELLEVUE, Wash. - (May 19) Seattle University baseball dropped the second game of a Western Athletic Conference series against Utah Valley, 3-2, in extra innings.
Before the game, seniors Griffin Andreychuk, Connor Moore and Aaron Stroosma were honored as a part of Senior Day. Student Assistant Coach Nelson Taylor, who played two years for the Redhawks, was honored as well.
Andreychuk entered the night needing one hit in order to move ahead of Brian Olson as the Redhawks' all-time hit leader since the program returned in 2010. He wasted little time collecting number 213, driving a grounder past the second baseman on the right side for a single, in the first inning.
"What an accomplishment." said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "I thought Brian Olson was the best hitter we've had here, but (Griffin) has been grinding it out for four years now. He has been a catalyst for us since he's been here and his work ethic is fantastic. He is a Redhawk for life, one of the best we have had, and it is a great compliment to him for getting that record."
One batter later Sean Sutton hit a home run to right field to give the team an early 2-0 lead. Sutton went 2-4 and drove in the only runs of the game.
Moore made his seventh start of the season, pitching 6.2 innings, striking out a season-high seven, and giving up two runs.
"It was a great job by Connor Moore, especially on Senior Day," Harrel said.
The Wolverines (17-34, 10-13 WAC) tied up the game at two apiece in the third inning with a two out, two-RBI single off of Moore. Moore got into trouble again with two outs in the top of fifth when he put runners on first and second, but got a strike out to end the inning.
"We left a lot of guys on today," said Harrel. "One pitch can change a game and unfortunately they took advantage of the high fastball. We came out on the short end of a really good baseball game."
Moore exited after giving up back-to-back singles with two outs in the seventh inning. He was relieved by Austin Hansen who struck out the first batter he faced to get the Redhawks out of the inning unscathed.
After the third inning, both teams put up zeroes until Utah Valley's Jake Berry hit a solo home run off of Hansen in the top of the 10th to give the Wolverines a 3-2 lead. Janson Junk replaced Hansen a batter later.
The Redhawks (19-32-1, 8-15 WAC) couldn't score in the bottom of the 10th and took the loss, setting up the rubber match on Saturday.
"We need to come out and fight (tomorrow)." Harrel said. "We need to take care of our business. I know they're going to come out ready to go."
Seattle U plays its final game of the regular season on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. The game will be played at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Wash.
Multiple scenarios can put the Redhawks into the WAC Championship Tournament:
• Redhawks earn the fifth seed with win AND Northern Colorado loss.
• Redhawks earn the sixth seed with win AND Northern Colorado win, OR loss AND UTRGV loss AND Chicago State loss
• Redhawks do not make the tournament field with loss AND UTRGV win, OR loss AND Chicago State win