BELLEVUE, Wash. – Justin Mazzone launched his fourth home run of the season to awaken the Redhawk offense and Jake Taylor provided the game-winning hit as Seattle University baseball rallied from a 5-1 deficit to win the series finale against visiting Omaha, 8-6, Sunday afternoon at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Wash.
The win moved the Redhawks to 3-4 on the season and gave them an even 2-2 record against the Mavericks (3-4) in the four-game set.
After managing just two hits over the first five frames, the Redhawks finally got things going in the sixth. Jacob Prater led off the innings by beating out a grounder to short. That brought Mazzone to the plate where he took the 0-2 pitch deep over the right-centerfield fence to make it a 5-3 ballgame.
Omaha would add a single run in the top of the seventh, making it 6-4, before Mazzone responded again in the home half of the inning, knocking an RBI-single to second to score Gavin Rork.
The comeback would be completed in the eighth as Wells, Connor O'Brien and Kyle Sherick loaded the bases with a pair of hits and a hit-by-pitch. With no outs and the infield playing in, Taylor smacked a bouncing shot just over the second baseman's head into shallow right-center for a bases-clearing double and the game-winning runs.
Tyler Yeh would close out the game on the mound for the Redhawks, inducing a 1-2-3 inning for his first save of the year as the Redhawks won, 8-6.
Redhawk starter Alex Jemal allowed three hits and two runs in four innings of work in a no-decision. Ethan Christianson tossed one inning before giving way to Alden Huschle in the sixth. The junior fanned three and allowed just three hits for one run in three innings of work.
"The win was much needed and Jewel threw well for his first start as a freshman," said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "We have some kinks to work out with our bullpen, but how about Alden Huschle coming in and looking the best he has in three years, which gave us a great opportunity to stay in the game."
"Mazzone's big blast woke our guys up and Jake comes off the bench and gets a great game-winning hit," Harrel continued. "And then Tyler had a tough start yesterday but his pitch count was low so we were able to bring him in as a closer today and it was a great way to end the weekend."
Mazzone and Wells finished the day with three hits apiece. Mazzone drove on three runs while Taylor drove in four on a 2-for-2 performance at the plate.
The Redhawks head back out on the road next week, traveling to Stockton, Calif., for a four-game series at Pacific.