LAS VEGAS – Senior Jake Prizina tossed a complete-game shutout and the Redhawk battery provided late scoring as Seattle University baseball opened the 2019 season with a 4-0 victory over UNLV Friday night under the lights at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas.
The game marked Prizina's first career complete game as the lefty fanned five, walked just one and scattered five hits on the night. He recorded three 1-2-3 innings and only allowed two runners - one in the first and one in the ninth - to reach third base.
"Jake Prizina threw the best game opening day start I have ever seen in my career," said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "He was at just 80 pitches entering the ninth inning with a shutout and while we did not want to extend him on opening weekend, he wanted to finish his masterpiece."
The Redhawks (1-0) tallied at least one hit in five of the first six innings, but could not get a real rally going until the seventh as UNLV starter Cameron Jabara gave way to his bullpen.
Jake Taylor got things going with a one-out triple to right-center field off of reliever Donavon McCrystal. Kyle Murphy followed with his second hit of the night, smacking a single through the right side to score Taylor. The Redhawks would collect two more hits in the frame, but leave a pair of runners stranded as they took a 1-0 lead into the home half of the inning.
After Prizina dispensed of the Rebels in the seventh and eighth, the Redhawks gave their starter some breathing room in the top of the ninth courtesy a Taylor solo home run and an Austin Lively two-run shot.
Carrying a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth, Prizina surrendered back-to-back hits to the Rebels before getting back-to-back outs on a strike out and ground out. With a pair of runners sitting in scoring position, Prizina induced Grand Robbins into a foul out to third to seal the win.
"Jake and Austin had big home runs, but Kyler Murphy cannot be overlooked for his huge RBI-single in the seventh to give us the 1-0 lead, and for catching a shutout. I'm very proud of these guys for getting the win – especially after not being on a field for the last 13 days due to the weather in Seattle."
Lively and Murphy finished with three hits apiece for the Redhawks, who tallied 15 total hits. Taylor and Connor O'Brien collected a pair of hits each, while freshmen Gavin Rork and Kyle Sherick each earned their first collegiate hits.
The Redhawks and Rebels (0-1) continue their season-opening three-game series Saturday with a 2:05 p.m. first pitch.