BELLEVUE, Wash. – A third-inning comeback fell short as Western Athletic Conference leader New Mexico State defeated Seattle University baseball by a score of 17-5 in eight innings at Courter Field in Bellevue, Wash., Saturday afternoon.
The Aggies (35-12, 17-6 WAC) grabbed an early 6-0 lead after two innings, taking advantage of early walks to load the bases. However pitching from relievers Ethan Christianson and Tyler Yeh kept the visitors at just four hits during their time on the mound, throwing through the fifth frame.
Life was injected into the Redhawks (12-36, 7-16 WAC) offense in the home half of the third. Kyle Sherick hit a three-run homer to deep right field that brought Kyler Murphy and Jacob Prater around the bases who were both walked in their at-bats. Gavin Rork had an RBI single earlier in the inning that scored Julian Kodama who doubled just prior. Seattle U found itself behind just two at 7-5 going into the top of the fourth.
"Between errors and walks and hit batters, we didn't give ourselves an opportunity to play a full baseball game today," said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "I'm really proud of our offense when for the five spot they put up. That closed it back to two runs, but the same thing happens out of our bullpen – and we give up too many opportunities for a really good offense."
The visitors continued their nationally ranked offensive form by pouncing on walks issued by Redhawk relievers, accumulating 14 total and causing two SU turnovers. The Aggies knocked in 10 runs in the final four innings of play to put the game out of reach for Seattle U, ultimately taking game two of the series.
SU marches on to the series finale on senior day against New Mexico State Sunday, May 12 at Bannerwood Park. First pitch is scheduled for noon. Seattle U's senior class of Michael Ciancio, Kyler Murphy, Jacob Prater, Jake Prizina, Jake Taylor and Max Werner will be honored in a pregame ceremony beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m.
"Tomorrow is a big day," Harrel said of the Redhawks' home finale. "These seniors deserve a good baseball game in their final game at Bannerwood."
It will also be the Redhawks' Bark in the Park game. Dogs are invited into Bannerwood Park (must be leashed and owner must sign a waiver form at the main entrance) and will receive a free SU bandana. Sunday is also Mother's Day! All moms will receive flowers upon entry and the moms of the Redhawk senior class will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.