BELLEVUE, Wash. – Seattle University baseball dropped a 3-2 decision to Minnesota Monday afternoon at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Wash.
The Redhawks (4-11) led 1-0 early, and later rallied to twi the game 2-2 in the sixth, but the Gophers (3-11) would knock in the game-winner in the top of the ninth.
Seattle U reliever Alden Huschle (1-1) was strapped with the loss after his hit batter eventually came around to score the go-ahead run.
Will Smith had a rocky start on the mound, giving up four walks, a wild pitch and two hit batters in 2.2 innings. But he was able to keep the damage to just one run.
Jarrod Billig followed with 5.1 solid innings, striking out four and scattering four hits for one earned run.
"We didn't get a quality start and we're lucky to have gotten out of there being down just 1-0," said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "Jarrod Billig came in and did exactly what he's been doing, so the consistency there is very, very good."
"We should have been better offensively," Harrel continued. "Their guy had a big ERA, we had big swings, but we're just not staying within ourselves just to get singles connected together for long innings."
Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, Seattle U again took advantage of a walk, this time by O'Brien. The sophomore advanced to second on a failed pick off attempt, then scored on a Jake Taylor double down the left-field line to tie the score, 2-2.
But the Redhawks' Achilles Heel would strike yet again as the hit-by-pitch batter in the ninth would come around to score the winning run.
Five Redhawks finished with one hit apiece while the battery also drew six walks.
Seattle U hits the road for its next four games, beginning Wednesday, Mar. 13 at Portland. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.