STOCKTON, Calif. – Seattle University baseball dropped the first of a four-game series at University of the Pacific Friday night as the Tigers rallied for a 6-5 win at Klein Family Field in Stockton, Calif.
The Redhawks (3-5) used a huge five-run fifth to break open a pitchers' duel, but the Tigers (8-1) would rally to score twice in the seventh, twice in the eighth and twice in the ninth as a Carte Hayes two-RBI double sent home the game-winning runs.
Jake Prizina was solid in his third consecutive start, stretching his scoreless streak to 20 innings to open the season. The senior southpaw fanned five while allowing two hits and one walk in six complete innings.
Prizina gave way to Alden Huschle to start the seventh, but the reliever would last just 0.1 innings as he walked a pair and allowed two runs. Jarrod Billig surrendered the two runs in the eighth and Tyler Yeh would be strapped with the loss after conceding the walk-off winner.
The Redhawks big fifth inning began with Kyle Sherick beating out a single to third. Jake Taylor followed with a two-run homer to left field. Kyler Murphy kept things going with a single through the right side, Gavin Rork draw a walk and, two batters later, Jacob Prater reached on an error that allowed Murphy to score. Justin Mazzone kept the rally going with a two-RBI double to right field and Chase Wells draw a walk as the Redhawks finally chased starter Rick Reynoso from the game.
Seattle U and Pacific will continue the series Saturday with a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Klein Family Field.