BELLEVUE, Wash. – A rollercoaster Western Athletic Conference rubber match between Seattle U and California Baptist would ultimately go to the Lancers in a 12-10 final Sunday afternoon at Bannerwood Park.
The series finale featured five lead changes as each batter sparked big runs in the game.
The Redhawks (7-23, 3-6 WAC) chased CBU starter Travis Booth from the game just 1.2 innings in as he gave up three runs on four hits and a walk. Seattle U would lead 3-1 through two complete frames.
"It was a good start by our offense," said Harrel. "We ran their starter out quickly, but on the flip side, Tyler just didn't give us a quality start. We get into a very young bullpen way too early and gave up too many crookeds throughout the whole nine innings."
CBU built a 7-3 lead heading into the home half of the sixth. It was then that the Redhawk bats really came alive as they batted all the way through the order and then some on their way to posting a seven-spot.
Kyler Murphy drove in a pair, two runners scored on a Kyle Sherick single, Connor O'Brien singled in a run and Austin Lively drove in two before his attempt to stretch a double into a triple resulted in the final out of the inning.
"Our offense, tip their cap, they had the big seven run inning and gave us an opportunity to win with just six outs to go," Harrel said. "But then CBU gets four and all of a sudden it implodes and we can't make plays. We've got to get back on track and play a little better baseball on Tuesday."
Alex Jemal worked a clean seventh inning on the mound for the Redhawks, but ran into trouble in the eighth, surrendering a solo home run and three unearned runs after the inning was extended due to a passed ball following a strikeout swinging.
CBU would tack on one more run in the ninth, while the Redhawks could get nothing going against Andrew Bash, who earned his first save of the season for the Lancers.
Lively finished the day with four hits, two runs and two RBIs. Sherick and O'Brien added a pair of hits each to lead SU.
The Redhawks head east to Pullman, Wash., on Tuesday for a non-conference match-up with Washington State. They'll head back home next weekend for a three-game series against Sacramento State.