BELLEVUE, Wash. – An early defensive showing from Seattle University baseball came up short as Western Athletic Conference leading New Mexico State took a 16-3 decision Sunday afternoon at Bannerwood Park.
The senior Redhawk core of Michael Ciancio, Kyler Murphy, Jacob Prater, Jake Prizina, Jake Taylor, and Max Werner were honored before the game, with Prizina taking the mound in his final home start as a member of SU program. Prizina dealt early with help from his defensive cast, allowing just two runs and five hits in the opening three frames to stifle the nationally ranked Aggie bats.
"Obviously, the seniors and their families were the highlight of the day and we can't thank them enough for what they've helped build here," said Head Coach Donny Harrel.
After falling behind 7-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, designated hitter Justin Mazzone knocked in a three-RBI double down the left-field line that scored Prater, Murphy, and Kyle Sherick to make the game interesting at 7-3. The Redhawks (12-37, 7-17 WAC) also forced the visitors into two errors, the first time the Aggies (36-12, 18-6 WAC) have conceded two in a game all season.
Walks and hot New Mexico State hitting came back to bite Seattle U yet again as the Aggies pounced on a total of 11 walks given up by Redhawk pitching to extend the lead to 16-3, giving the visitors a game three victory as both sides head into the final series of the WAC regular season.
"New Mexico State was the better team," said Harrel. "It wasn't about effort. They're an older club and more skilled, and they have a chance to do some damage in the postseason. They're a great representative of our conference and it gave our young guys a good reflection of what it looks like to be a championship team."
Seattle U heads out on the road for a three game set against Northern Colorado beginning Thursday, May 16 with first pitch set for 3 p.m. Mountain, 1 p.m. Pacific.