LAS VEGAS – Battling from behind all afternoon long in Sunday's rubber match against UNLV, the Seattle University baseball team could not get over the hump in a 8-5 defeat to the Rebels at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas.
The Redhawks close out the weekend at 1-2 while the Rebels take the series, 2-1.
In just his second career start after spending much of the past two seasons coming out of the bullpen, Tyler Yeh had a quality five innings of work. The junior fanned four, walked two and scattered four hits for three runs, two of which were earned. He surrendered a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, but then settled in to work through three scoreless frames. The Rebels would score an unearned run off Yeh in the fifth before he gave way to the bullpen in the sixth.
"I'm very happy with how the guys competed this weekend," said Head Coach Donny Harrel of the team's overall performance. "Our offense clicked and many of our hitters had a really good series. We got quality starts in two of the three games, but we need to be better out of the bullpen."
Another Redhawk fielding error in the sixth allowed UNLV to score three unearned runs off of Alex Jemal, giving the home team a 6-3 advantage. Seattle U would score once each in the seventh and eighth, but the Rebels tacked on two more in the home half of the eighth for the final 8-5 spread.
"We had a lot of nervous young arms go to the mound for their first DI experience - so it should improve as they gain more experience," Harrel said. "Our defense needs to improve as well, and it will as we get back to normal practices outside."
Gavin Rork and Jacob Prater delivered RBI-doubles in the fifth to put the Redhawks on the board. Jake Taylor sent a runner home in the sixth and Justin Mazzone collected his second home run of the season to lead off the seventh. The Redhawks would score once more in the eighth, courtesy an Austin Lively RBI-double.
Jemal was tagged with the loss for Seattle U after surrendering the go-ahead runs in the sixth. UNLV's Tallon Thomason came out of the bullpen to earn the win while Jackson Cofer picked up the save.
The Redhawks return to Seattle for their home opening series Feb. 22-24, hosting Omaha in a four-game set.