Redhawks Offense Goes Missing!

Photo by John Shaffer

After a close loss to their cross-town rivals the Washington Huskies, Seattle University (4-7) was looking to start a new winning streak with the University of Texas-Arlington coming to town for a 3-game series. Redhawks ace Jake Prizina was on the mound, looking to extend his scoreless inning streak of 20 plus innings. This should be a guaranteed win for Seattle University, right? What could go wrong?

On a cold and windy evening with no threat of snow in the forecast, Jake Prizina took the mound and once again, pitched a masterpiece. The problem was, the Mavericks starter also pitched a masterpiece. Prizina retired the side in order around another Redhawk error in the first. The Redhawks would go down quietly as well. In the 2nd inning, the Mavericks’ would score the first run of the ballgame in rare fashion. The first 2 base-runners would reach by hit and hit-by-pitch. They would eventually plate one run on a double steal of 2nd and home, something you don’t see too much in baseball. In the bottom half on inning 2, the Redhawks would plate one run to tie the ball game. LF Kyle Sherick would hit a double and score on a base-hit by C Kyler Murphy. Inning 3 would see the Mavericks take the lead and never look back. Back-to-back runners reached base on another error by the Redhawks and that runner would score on a double. The lead would increase to 3-1 as that base-runner would score after a couple of ground outs.

That was it. The Redhawks offense would go dormant as both teams pitching staffs threw goose eggs the rest of the ballgame. Jake Prizina would go 8 innings allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 7 strikeouts. The Mavericks pitching staff would allow 5 hits the rest of the ballgame on zero runs. Kyle Sherick and Kyler Murphy would score two hits a piece in the loss as the Redhawks record soared to 4-8 on this young season.

Friday night the Redhawks were looking for redemption. Freshman Pitcher Alex Jernal took the mound hoping to stop the losing streak. He gave up 3 consecutive hits in the top half of the first inning to score 2 runs for the Mavericks as they took an early lead. Alex would shut down the Mavericks after that until inning six. In the bottom half of inning two, the Redhawks took their 1st lead of the ballgame as they scored 3 runs on 5 hits. Highlights of the inning were RBI singles by RF Kyler Murphy, 1b Michael Ciancio and DH Austin Lively. Both teams would go silent until the 6th inning when the Mavericks tied it 3-3. Starting pitcher Alex Jernal would leave after six with a quality start under his belt. He would allow 3 runs on 7 hits and strike out 5 Mavericks while walking zero batters. Alex would only throw 74 pitches on 56 strikes, another solid performance by a Redhawk starting pitcher. In the 7th inning, Seattle University would score again to take the lead 5-3. The Redhawk bullpen would fail the following 2 innings as they fell to the Mavericks 6-5.

Game 3 was on Saturday afternoon under the blue skies of Bellevue, Washington. Seattle University’s starting pitcher was the one and only Tyler Yeh! This would give us the chance to salvage a win at least before the Mavericks galloped out of Bellevue. If the offense would rise to the occasion, the Redhawks had a chance. Yeh would not disappoint Redhawk nation.

The game would be a pitcher’s battle from start to finish as both teams combined to allow 3 runs, with the defense making solid plays on both sides. Texas-Arlington would score the first two runs of the ballgame in the second inning. Yeh would give up 2 hits on the inning, but the defense surrendered 2 errors which allowed both runs to score. The rest of the ballgame would be a pitcher’s battle for both teams combined with some defensive masterpieces.

Yeh would go 6 1/3 innings allowing 2 unearned runs on 9 hits and 1 walk, another quality start. The bullpen would finish off the game with zero runs allowed. In the top half of the fifth, LF Kyle Sherick would sprint all the way from left-center field and slide as the ball went foul, and you know what, he caught the ball!!! Perhaps the defensive play of the year was by Kyle Sherick and the Redhawks were hoping that it would ignite the team. In the 9th inning, the Redhawks came to bat looking to tie and possibly win the ballgame. Austin Lively, who came off the bench earlier in the game, lead off with a single up the middle. C Justin Mazzone would belt a double into left-center field. With no outs, the Redhawks had runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. There was still a chance. The fans were sensing a walk-off victory here. The next batter Connor O’Brien would belt a sacrifice fly to cut the score to 2-1. Outfielder Kyle Sherick would secure a walk. With 1 out and 2 runners on, things were looking good. The Redhawks would go down after that with 2 ground outs as they lost 2-1 to go 4-10 on the season. To be swept by Texas-Arlington was unexpected.

Stars of the series were the starting pitching of Jake Prizina, Tyler Yeh and Alex Jernal. The hitting was quite ineffective, the bullpen was inconsistent and once again there were too many errors. Seattle University’s ball club is so close to turning this around Redhawks Nation! We can’t give up as conference play nears. There is too much talent on this team. It just needs to all click together.

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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.