MESA, Ariz. – (May 26) A valiant effort by Seattle U to come back through the elimination side of the bracket at the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Championship Tournament fell short Friday afternoon at Hohokam Stadium as the Redhawks fell 10-4 to second-seed CSU Bakersfield.
The Redhawks close out the season at 20-35-1 overall after going 1-2 in WAC Tournament play this week.
“It was a great effort level,” Head Coach Donny Harrel said of his team's performance over the past two days. “We're not very deep, so a lot of those guys were on the field all year for a lot of innings. But they never stopped fighting. We got down and got the lead back (today) but we just ran out of bullets. We had to extend some pitching and it wasn't about anything more than we ran out of time and not enough horse in the stable.”
CSUB (30-23) tied the game in the top of the third on a leadoff solo home run by Sergio Robles. It would ultimately be the first of two home runs for the ‘Runner, also his first two of the season. The latter would come in the final frame as his three-run shot built the final 10-4 spread.
The ‘Runners tacked on two more runs in the fourth to hold a 3-1 advantage, but Seattle U was not finished. In the home half of the fifth, the Redhawks put together a three-run rally to stake a 4-3 lead.
Chase wWells doubled to left to sent Dalton Hurd across home plate and Aaron Stroosma drove in Wells on a fielder's choice to knot the score at three apiece. Curtis Perrin doubled to right field to send Stroosma home for the go-ahead run.
But Bakersfield would reclaim the lead in the seventh, scoring three runs on three hits, a hit by pitch and a wild pitch.
The Redhawks got two runners on in the seventh, but couldn't push a runner across the plate. Bakersfield would go on to add four more runs in the top of the ninth.
Making his second start in three days, Jake Prizina struck out three, walked one and allowed four hits for three runs in five innings. Austen Hansen surrendered the three runs in the seventh, ultimately being tagged with the loss. Janson Junk and Tyler Oldenberg also each appeared late.
“What a great effort by these guys based on what we went through this year,” said Harrel. “We got a win in the tournament which is huge for the guys who will be back next year. You feel bad for the seniors, but they helped build this program to what it is. We'll miss those guys but we've got to reload and get better and play a little bit longer here next year.”