GREELEY, Colo. – Seattle University baseball dropped the opening game of its Western Athletic Conference series at Northern Colorado, 12-6, at Jackson Stadium in Greeley, Colo.
The Redhawks fall to 12-38 overall and 7-18 in WAC play, effectively ending their chances of advancing to the six-team WAC Tournament, contested in next week in Mesa, Ariz.
A walk and passed ball in the top of the first allowed leadoff batter Jacob Prater to move into scoring position and eventually cross home plate for an early unearned run.
But the Bears (11-34, 7-18 WAC) would respond with four runs on three hits, a fielding error and a wild pitch in the home half of the inning.
With UNC leading 6-2 in the sixth, Seattle U broke out for a five-run inning, due in large part to a grand slam by Chase Wells. But once again, the home team would respond, posting a five spot of their own in the bottom of the inning. Northern Colorado would tack on one more in the eighth for the final balance.
Pitching - the Redhawks' Achilles heel all season long due to their youth, struggled as starter Jarrod Billig lasted just three innings, allowing six runs (four earned) while reliever Josh Thompson was struck for the five in the sixth. The rookie did also fan five batters without allowing a walk.
The Redhawks and Bears continue their season-finale series on Friday with a 2 p.m. local and 1 p.m. Pacific start. For the most up-to-date information on game day, be sure to follow the Redhawks on Twitter at @seattleubase.