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SEATTLE – Seattle University baseball plays its final home games of the 2019 season this weekend, hosting New Mexico State in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series. The Redhawks and Aggies will open play on Friday at 4 p.m. at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Wash. Saturday's 1 p.m. start will be contested at Bellevue College, while Sunday's noon finale will be back at Bannerwood Park. For the most up-to-date information on game day, be sure to follow the Redhawks on Twitter at @seattleubase.

SUNDAY CELEBRATION
Sunday's Redhawks' baseball game will be full of celebration, sun and fun. The Redhawks host their second annual Bark in the Park. Dogs are invited into Bannerwood Park (must be leashed and owner must sign a waiver form at the main entrance) and will receive a free SU bandana. Sunday is also Mother's Day! All moms will receive flowers upon entry and the moms of the Redhawk senior class will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Finally, Seattle U's senior class of Michael Ciancio, Kyler Murphy, Jacob Prater, Jake Prizina, Jake Taylor and Max Werner will be honored in a pregame ceremony beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m.

SUNDAY LYFT
The Seattle U community can take advantage of free shared Lyft rides to Bannerwood Park and back to campus on Sunday, May 12. Just use the code SUBASE512 and catch a ride to Sunday's game for free! 

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THE MATCH-UPS
PROBABLE STARTERS
Friday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. PT
SU: LHP Jarrod Billig (4-3, 3.58 ERA) vs. NMSU: RHP Brock Whittlesey (6-1, 4.39 ERA)
Saturday, May 4 at 1:00 p.m. PT
SU: RHP Josh Thompson (1-4, 5.50 ERA) vs. NMSU: RHP Justin Dehn (7-3, 5.71 ERA)
Sunday, May 5 at 12:00 p.m. PT
SU: LHP Jake Prizina (4-2, 2.93 ERA) vs. NMSU: RHP Chance Hroch (9-0, 2.89 ERA)

SERIES HISTORY
The Redhawks are 10-13 all-time against New Mexico State, including 6-7 at Bannerwood Park. The Aggies won last year's series 2-1. Seattle U won the opener, 5-4, before falling in the second two games in Las Cruces, N.M.

REDHAWK REPORT

  • Seattle U sits at 12-34 overall and 7-14 in Western Athletic Conference play after sweeping a key three-game series from Chicago State last week. The Redhawks enter the weekend sitting in a three-way tie for sixth in the WAC standings. All nine eligible teams are still mathematically in the running to advance to the WAC Tournament (top six advance).
  • Freshman Julian Kodama had a big weekend against the Cougars, going 6-for-12 (.500) with a double and three RBIs. The rookie added a walk-off, RBI-single in game two of the series, propelling the Redhawks to a 5-4 victory.
  • Jake Prizina made his first appearance back on the mound on May 5, exactly one month since he had last appeared after suffering an injury off a batted ball. In his 10 appearances, including nine starts, Prizina has a 2.93 ERA while also holding opponents to a .233 batting average. The senior southpaw has struck out 40 while walking just 11 in 58.1 innings.
  • For the season, Kyler Murphy continues to lead the Redhawks with a .330 batting average, going 36-for-109 in 36 games played.
  • Freshman Kyle Sherick is batting .326 with a team-high 57 hits, while Austin Lively is hitting .298 with 42 hits, but has not recorded an at bat since April 20 due to a wrist injury.
  • Sherick currently holds a team-best 10-game hit streak while Murphy sits at nine straight games.
  • Jacob Prater has reached base in 11 consecutive games, two games shy of his personal season-long streak.
  • Jake Taylor leads the Redhawks with 40 RBIs. Taylor also has a team-high 11 doubles. Justin Mazzone is not far behind with 31 RBI, aided by seven doubles and a tie for the team lead with five homers.
  • In the series finale against Sacramento State on April 13, the Redhawk pitching staff fanned 16 batters, a season high. Josh Thompson collected 10 of those strikeouts over the course of just four innings of work.
  • Prizina is climbing up the list in a number of program all-time records. Entering this week, he already holds the all-time records strikeouts (238), innings pitched (303.1) and starts (44). He also ranks second in wins (19) and eighth in total appearances (68). Tarik Skubal (2015-16, 18) holds the career record for wins with 21 while the all-time appearances record is held by Garrett Anderson (2012-15) with 83.
  • Prizina was named WAC Pitcher of the Week and PerfectGame.org National Pitcher of the Week following his complete-game shutout of the Rebels on opening day. The senior southpaw scattered five hits and struck out five while walking just one to earn the win. It marked the first nine-inning complete game for the Redhawks since 2014 and just the third overall since Seattle U resurrected its baseball program in 2010.
  • The 2019 season marks the 10th year of Redhawk baseball since the program was resurrected in 2010 as part of the University's return to NCAA Division I athletics.
  • One of the youngest teams Head Coach Donny Harrel has managed in his 10 seasons at Seattle U, the 2019 Redhawks' active roster features 13 freshmen, seven sophomores, six juniors and six seniors.
  • The Redhawks return 17 letterwinners from 2018, a squad that went 34-23 – the second most wins in Redhawk program history.
  • Senior LHP Jake Prizina, junior third baseman Austin Lively and sophomore catcher/designated hitter Justin Mazzone all earned a spot on the 14-man Preseason All-WAC Team. It is the first such honor for all three Redhawks.
  • Prizina is the Redhawks' top returning starting pitcher after back-to-back stellar seasons as a sophomore and junior. The Sparks, Nev., native went 8-1 with a 3.82 ERA in 2018. He fanned 92 while walking just 16 in 99 innings.
  • Lively was one of four players to start all 56 games in 2018. He hit .316 while collecting 65 total hits - second most on the team. He added 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs, eight stolen bases and a team-high 48 runs scored.
  • Mazzone collected a team-high .339 batting average during his rookie campaign for the Redhawks. He started 29 games and appeared in 49. In 115 at bats, the Huntington Beach, Calif., native had 39 hits, including five doubles and three home runs, while driving in 19 runs and scoring 17 times.
  • The Redhawks earned 54 points and were selected fourth in the WAC preseason poll, as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches. Grand Canyon was the preseason favorite to win the 2019 WAC title with five first-place votes and 75 points, while the Lopes' Quin Cotton and New Mexico State's Brock Whittlesey were selected as the preseason Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The Aggies earned three first-place votes and 74 points, while Sacramento State had two first-place votes and 69 points.

GET YOUR TICKETS!
Single game tickets are available for all remaining Seattle U baseball home games during the 2019 season. For more information, visit goseattleu.com/tix or contact the SU Athletics Ticket Office at 206-398-GOSU or seattleutickets@seattleu.edu.