MESA, Ariz. – (May 24) Seattle University baseball never quite found its footing Wednesday night in its opening game at the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, falling 11-1 in seven innings to Sacramento State at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz.
The sixth-seeded Redhawks (19-34-1) will have a chance to rebound in the double elimination tournament when they face fourth-seed Utah Valley at 11 a.m. Thursday. Third-seed Sacramento State (29-27) advanced into the winners bracket with the win.
Seattle U starter Jake Prizina (5-3) struggled early, giving up three runs in the first and three more in the third before being pulled to start the fourth. The sophomore lefty did not record a strikeout as he walked one and allowed six hits for six earned runs.
The Redhawk offense, meanwhile, could get little going against Hornet starter Justin Dillon, who ended up pitching a six-strikeout complete game.
Dillon did let up in the fourth as he issued a walk to Austin Lively to lead off the inning, then hit Griffin Andreychuk on the arm to put runners on first and second. But Sean Sutton would ground into a double play, while Andreychuk was also called out for interference, which kept Lively at second.
The freshman would advance to third on a wild pitch, then scored on another wild pitch for what would remain the Redhawks lone run of the night. Chase Wells would reach on a walk after Lively crossed home plate, but Dalton Hurd would fly out to center to end the inning.
Sacramento State put an end to the night early, posting four runs in the seventh off a pair of two-run home runs.