2019: Can Seattle University Repeat Their Success?

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The 2019 baseball season has arrived Redhawk Nation!!

Seattle University was coming off a successful 2018 campaign with a final record of 34-23, nearly winning their conference tournament and making the college baseball playoffs. Seattle University’s roster returned several players from 2018, including 3B Austin Lively, P Jake Prizina and C/DH Justin Mazzone who were selected to the 2019 preseason first team all WAC conference, the first time all 3 players had made the team. This was quite an honor after such a strong 2018 campaign. Seattle also is welcoming 13 new Freshman to the squad making for an interesting ballclub. The experts still feel that Seattle University will make waves this season, predicting them to finish in 4th place in a strong WAC conference.

Seattle University opened their 2019 season in Las Vegas against UNLV. Game one was on Friday night as the Redhawks opened their season with ace lefty Jake Prizina on the mound and he didn’t disappoint. The teams exchanged goose eggs until the 7th inning as the Redhawks plated the 1st run of the ballgame on a RBI single by catcher Kyle Murphy. The score remained 1-0 until the 9th inning when Seattle University plated 3 more runs to go up 4-0. First baseman Jake Taylor would go yard with a solo shot. Three batters later, 3b Austin Lively would belt a 2-run shot to put the game out of reach. Jake shut down the Running Rebels in the 9th to secure his win and complete game shut-out that would later earn him player of the week in the WAC. Prizina struck out 5 batters and gave up only 1 hit and 1 walk. The Redhawks pounded out 15 hits to secure their first win of the season to go 1-0.

Game two was on Saturday afternoon. The Redhawks were hoping to ride the momentum from Jake’s shutout to win game 2 of the series. The game would go back and forth, which eventually saw the Redhawks take a 10-6 lead. Seattle University’s bullpen would fail in their attempt to close it out as UNLV would come back to tie the ballgame and win the game 11-10 in extra innings. Catcher Justin Mazzone hit a grand slam home run, RF Chase Wells hit a 2-run shot and LF Kyle Sherick belted a solo shot in the loss as the Redhawks had 13 hits in the loss.

For Game three, Junior Tyler Yeh pitched a quality start going 5 innings for the Redhawks. He left with his team being down 3-2. Seattle University did their best to stay in the game, but the bullpen couldn’t produce as UNLV pulled out an 8-5 victory to win the series. Once again, the Redhawks had double figure in hits, with DH Justin Mazzone hitting his 2nd home run in as many games. Seattle University got a little sloppy and finished with 3 errors for the ballgame which led to 4 of the 8 runs that UNLV plated as unearned. It could have easily been a different outcome for the game.

Seattle University is now 1-2 on this young season. For a team with 13 Freshman, they played relatively well. Their stars produced but there were too many errors and the bullpen gave up too many runs. Jake Prizina was the star of the series with his 5-hit shutout. The Redhawks will go back to work this Friday February 22nd with a 4-game series against Omaha at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Washington (Home of the Redhawks).

I like what this team has to offer. They are blessed with a great coaching staff lead by Head Coach Donny Harrel.

Be ready for an exciting season Redhawk Nation! They were told that they would finish 4th, but don’t be surprised if they finish near the top. The Redhawks are motivated and ready for the challenge. If you love baseball, there is no excuse not to be at the ballpark. Hope to see those seats filled.

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