In a reverse of the first game of the series, it was Seattle University posting the early offense as the Redhawks jumped out to an early lead on their way to a 7-2 victory over the Dallas Baptist Patriots Friday afternoon in a Western Athletic Conference baseball game at Horner Ballpark.

After both teams were retired in order in the first inning, Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) led off the second inning with an infield single, Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.) drew a walk, and Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) singled through the left side of the infield to load the bases with nobody out. With one out, Zach Aaker (Ravensdale, Wash.) drove in Narby with a sacrifice fly, and Nick Latta (Tacoma, Wash.) followed with a three-run home run to left field, his first homer of the season, to give the Redhawks a 4-0 lead.

In the top of the third inning, Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) singled up the middle, advanced to third on a double by Somers, and stole home for the Redhawks’ fifth run of the game. After Olson drew a walk, Cash McGuire (Kent, Wash.) singled to left-center field, scoring Somers to extend Seattle U’s lead to 6-0.

Dallas Baptist (19-16, 6-5 WAC) would break through in the bottom of the third when Nash Knight led off with a double and scored on a single by Ronnie Mitchell. Seattle U starter Garrett Anderson (Kennewick, Wash.) would set down the next eight Patriot batters in order before Mitchell led off the sixth inning with a single and eventually came around to score on a single by Duncan McAlpine.

Roberts led off the seventh inning with a home run to left field, his second long ball in as many games. Meanwhile, Anderson would enjoy his longest outing of the season, going 7 2/3 innings before giving way to Will Dennis (Saratoga, Calif.), who retired all four batters he faced to close out Seattle U’s first conference victory since March 25 at Louisiana Tech.

Roberts and Somers led the Redhawk offense with two hits and two runs scored apiece. Mitchell was the only Patriot with more than one hit in the game, going 2-for-4 as Anderson and Dennis held Dallas Baptist to six hits. Cy Sneed took the loss for the Patriots, allowing seven hits, two walks, and six runs in 2 2/3 innings of work.

Seattle University (12-21, 3-7 WAC) will look to win its second WAC series of the season in the rubber game against Dallas Baptist Saturday, April 13, at 12 noon Central time (10 a.m. Pacific time). The Redhawks will then return to Seattle for a game at the University of Washington Tuesday, April 16, at 5 p.m., before hosting UT Arlington in a weekend WAC series April 19-21.

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