Despite a 1-4 Home-stand, Things are Looking Up for the Redhawks!
Connor O’Brien had three hits and two RBIs Saturday. Courtesy: John Shaffer

Seattle University returned home last Tuesday to face off against the University of Portland for a partial double-header. After another tough road-trip, the Redhawks were looking for some sort of spark to turn this season in the right direction. Game one versus the Pilots was a continuation of the road game the previous week. The Redhawks were the visitors on their home field. Game two would be shortly after with the Seattle University Redhawks as the home team. The weather was partially sunny as both teams approached game time.

Both teams last left off in the bottom of the fifth with the Pilots of Portland amid a huge rally. Seattle University was up 13-12 with 2 outs when the game was postponed. Jake Prizina took the mound as the game resumed, a rare occasion where the ace of the staff was pitching out of the bullpen. They were able to get out of the inning unscathed. Priz would go 1 1/3 innings of no-hit ball as both teams went to the seventh inning.

In the top of the 7th, Jake Taylor would secure a RBI double to put the Redhawks by two runs. In the bottom half of the inning, reliever Alex Jemal took over. Portland lit up Alex for 4 runs to go up 16-14. Both teams would go scoreless over the remainder of the ballgame with Portland taking game one.

Stars of the game for the Redhawks were DH Justin Mazzone and 1B Jake Taylor as the had 3 hits apiece. Jake Taylor would also drive in a whopping 6 runs but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.

Game two we saw Freshman Desmond Parisotto take the mound for the Redhawks, only finding out literally 15 minutes before the ballgame that he was game two’s starting pitcher. Desmond not only pitched a quality start; he was phenomenal!! Desmond would go five innings allowing 3 hits, 1 walk and 0 runs!!

This was perhaps the spark that the Redhawks needed. Another incredible stat was that Desmond Parisotto threw only 58 pitches in 5 innings. Redhawk Nation this kid was spectacular and he’s only a Freshman. The future is bright for Seattle University baseball.

Seattle University would score three early runs on RBI singles by Julian Kodama and Kyle Sherick, both Freshman. The bullpen would take over in the 6th inning for the Redhawks. Freshman pitchers Max Cuenca, Ethan Christianson and Marcus Guarin would throw over the final 4 2/3 innings (Sophomore Brayden Weyer would get the final out). Max and Ethan would allow 4 runs over the next two innings to allow the Pilots to take the lead. A big error by SS Connor O’Brien would allow the 7th inning to continue, otherwise the score might have been 3-1 Redhawks after 7 innings. Seattle University would tie it at 4 in the ninth inning on an error by the Pilots to allow the Redhawks to tie it up at 4-4. Marcus Guarin entered the 10th inning, perhaps an inning to long as he fell apart and allowed 4 runs. Portland would go up 8-4 and win the ballgame 8-4. It was another tough loss by the Redhawks, so close yet so far.

Star of the ballgame was Desmond Parisotto for his exceptional performance. Kudos to the offense for belting out 12 hits.

Friday afternoon fellow WAC opponent California Baptist came to town for a 3-game series. California Baptist had a record of 18-10 (3-3 WAC) while Seattle University’s record was 6-21 (2-4 WAC). Jake Prizina took the mound for the Redhawks, the perfect choice to open the series. His counterpart was Logan Rinehart who was 2-0 on the season. Both pitchers would go 7 1/3 innings but who would come out on top?

The Lancers would take an early 1-0 lead after one inning, but Seattle University would come back. In the third inning, they would plate 2 runs on 3 hits. The Lancers would come back with 2 runs in the 4th inning to take the lead, including the first home-run of the year allowed by the Priz. Both teams’ bats would go silent until the 8th inning (the Redhawks would get their 4th hit of the game in the seventh inning but failed to score). After getting the first out, Jake would allow back to back hits as the Lancers took the lead 4-2. Alex Jemal came in to stop the bleeding and would pitch a scoreless night.

Seattle University would fail to secure another hit or score another run. The final score was 4-2 as Jake Prizina’s record fell to 4-2 on the season. Jake would go 7 1/3 innings allowing 4 runs on 11 hits, a solid but not spectacular performance. Logan Rinehart would go 7 1/3 innings for California Baptist allowing only 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out six Redhawks.

Stars of the ballgame were outfielder Chase Wells and catcher Kyler Murphy who reached base twice during the game.

Saturday afternoon was a difference story as someone sprinkled magic dust on the RedHawks’ bats. Seattle University would pound out 17 hits and score 11 runs. Besides the huge amount of hits, they would also reach base by the Lancers four walks, one error and one hit by pitch.

Redhawk Nation had been waiting for a performance from their offense for quite a while. Sophomore pitcher Jarrod Billig took the mound. He pitched another quality start as he went 6 2 /3 for the Redhawks. He gave up 3 hits and 3 walks while allowing only 1 run. Freshman Max Cuenta closed it out for the Redhawks. With a final score of 11-1, the Redhawks raised their record to 7-22 (3-5 WAC). Stars of the ballgame, besides the pitching staff, were the following players:

  • 2B Jacob Prater 2-5 with 3 RBIs.
  • SS Connor O’Brien 3-5 with 2 RBIs.
  • RF Chase Wells 3-4.
  • 1B Jake Taylor, DH Kyler Murphy and LF Julian Kadama who combined for 6 hits/ 5 RBIs.

It was an impressive all-around performance by the offense and defense. The Redhawks hoped to carry that momentum into Sunday for their game 3 finale.

Tyler Yeh took the mound for the Redhawks, hoping to turn around his season with a positive performance. The Lancers would take an early 1-0 lead. Seattle University said “so what” as they quickly tied it up 1-1 on a triple by Freshman Kyle Sherick and a RBI single by Justin Mazzone. Redhawk Nation would see their team put up two more runs in the 2nd inning on a 2-run home run by 1B Jake Taylor. Seattle University lead 3-1 as the they went to the top of the third. Tyler Yeh would not record an out as the Lancers would plate 3 more runs to take the lead and end Tyler’s day.

Freshman Desmond Parisotto would come in and stop the bleeding. The Lancers would increase their lead over the next 3 innings to go up 7-3. In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Redhawks bats came to life as they plated 7 runs on 6 hits to take a 10-7 lead. Some of the highlights of the inning were 2 hits and 2 RBIs by 3B Austin Lively and a 2-run single by Kyler Murphy. With a 10-7 lead, things seemed to be looking up for the Redhawks, 0but they saw their bullpen allow 5 runs over the last couple of innings. Seattle University’s offense went quiet as the Lancers won the game 12-10 and the series two games to one.

Stars of the game were 3B Austin Lively with 4 hits, OF Kyle Sherick with 2 hits and SS Connor O’Brien with 2 hits.

There are lots of positives for this squad Redhawk Nation. They have been in nearly every game. The problem is consistency. One night it’s the offense, the next night it’s defense and pitching, the next night the bullpen. Seattle University is a young team with lots of talent. The starting pitching has started to come together (It’s not just Jake Prizina anymore), the offense is becoming more consistent. There are too many errors on defense. If the young bullpen could have back to back positive performances, things will be looking up.

Kyler Murphy is currently leading the team with a .361 average. Freshman Kyle Sherick is hitting .314 and Jacob Prater is hitting .308. The team alone is hitting .278 on the season. Jake Prizina, Jarrod Billig and Desmond Parisotto have become a strong three starting pitchers.

Seattle University travels to Pullman on April 8th to take on Washington State before returning home next Friday for a 3-game series versus conference rival Sacramento State. It’s time for Redhawk Nation to come out to Bannerwood Park and root on their Redhawks because things are looking up!

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Brian joined the SSU in 2017 and covers the Everett AquaSox. I'm a graduate of Washington State University and I'm a die-hard baseball fan.