BELLEVUE, Wash. – A few letdown moments were key for the Redhawks Tuesday at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue as Seattle U baseball dropped a 6-3 decision to visiting Washington in the first of two midweek meetings between the two teams.
Seattle U fell to 4-7 on the season while the Huskies improved to 8-2 overall.
Freshman Will Smith had his best start of the young season, quickly bouncing back from a rough performance at Pacific last weekend. The rookie fanned five, walked two and scattered six hits for four runs, only two of which were earned, in six innings of work.
After holding the Huskies in check for the first two frames, Smith would finally surrender an unearned run in the third as Ben Baird would lead off with a single and eventually score on a passed ball.
UW would add another unearned run in the fourth on another two-out passed ball before breaking open with two runs on three hits in the sixth to take a 4-0 lead.
Seattle U cut the lead in half in the seventh as freshman Matt Boissoneault sent an opposite-field homer over the right-field fence for his first collegiate hit.
"We got a much better start from Will Smith, which was great to see," said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "He kept us in the game and did what he was supposed to do. Boissoneault had the big hit to get us back in it, but then we just had some loss of focus.
"We got ourselves into a situation where we feel like it's the things we can control that we're giving up. Freebees, whether its walks, hit-by-pitch or passed balls. And then all of a sudden (UW) get a big hit, and that's what good teams do."
In the eighth, the Huskies took advantage of a pair of hit batters and a walk by Seattle U reliever Josh Thompson. With the bases loaded, UW's Nick Roberts delivered a two-RBI single into left-center field that opened the game back up, 6-2.
The Redhawks got one run back in the ninth, but could not add to the late rally.
Jarod Billig closed out the final 1.1 innings on the mound for the Redhawks, striking out a pair while not allowing a hit or walk.
Austin Lively led the Redhawk battery with a pair of hits while Boissoneault collected all three RBIs.
The Redhawks continue their five-game homestand on Thursday, beginning a three-game series against UT-Arlington. First pith is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Bannerwood Park.