BELLEVUE, Wash. – (Mar. 19) After cancelling two days of play due to rain, Seattle University baseball finally got back out on the diamond Sunday in a doubleheader against UC Irvine (11-6) at Bannerwood Park. The Redhawks (7-11) split the games, dropping the first game, 3-2, and winning the second, 8-2.
The first game looked to be a pitcher’s duel with both teams putting up zeroes on the scoreboard until the sixth inning.
Jake Prizina started the game for the Redhawks, pitching 5.2 strong innings, before ending with two earned runs to go along with three strikeouts.
The Anteaters struck first in the sixth inning with a two-run homer down the leftfield line by Alex Guenette to make it a 2-0 game. The home run knocked Prizina out of the game as Zach Wolf came on in relief.
“I thought Jake really battled today,” said SU Head Coach Donny Harrel. “We stayed right in there the whole game.”
The Redhawks came back in the seventh inning to answer the Anteaters, with Michael Ciancio slicing a ball to right-center field to drive in two runs and tie up the game, but they could not take the lead.
Seattle U left eight runners on base, which would prove to be costly as UC Irvine scored what would be the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning. Jack Reisinger finished with two hits for the game and Ciancio finished with one hit and two RBIs.
Wolf (0-4) took the loss in 3.2 innings of relief after surrendering the late-inning run to UCI. Anteater reliever Andre Pallante picked up the win after tossing two scoreless innings while Calvin Faucher earned his eighth save of the year.
Janson Junk (2-3) was the starting pitcher for the Redhawks in the second game of the day, tossing 6.2 innings, while striking out four batters and giving up two runs on his way to his second win of the year.
It didn’t take Seattle U long to get some runs in the second game as Chase Wells drove in a pair in the first inning with a double down the first base line.
The Anteaters cut the deficit to one in the top of the fourth inning with an RBI single.
The Redhawks responded quickly in the bottom of the fourth by loading the bases with one out. Kyler Murphy came to the plate and drew a walk to send a run home and make it a 3-1 ballgame. Reisinger hit a deep ball to right field that allowed Austin Lively to tag up from third and score with an elusive slide into home plate.
“Boy Lively and Wells really had a game,” said Harrel. “Those young guys are really coming along and pumping the team up. Lively doesn’t let failure set him down, he just sees the ball and hits the ball.”
Seattle U kept the offense going in the fifth inning pushing the score to 6-1. After loading the bases with one out, Lively singled to right field to drive in two more runs.
Junk was pulled from the game with runners on the corners for reliever Tyler Oldenberg who gave up an infield single to make it a four-run game, 6-2. That is all they would do as Oldenberg induced a groundout on the next batter.
Oldenberg blew through his 2.1 innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out two.
Lively led the way going a perfect 4-for-4 while also scoring two runs and driving in another two. Wells also had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs batted in.
“The guys did a good job in the second game,” said Harrel. “The ninth in particular we did a good job on the fundamentals and moving guys over. That is the way we want to play.”
The Redhawks are back in action on Tuesday and Wednesday, traveling to face Portland in a pair of non-league contests.