Seattle U comes up short in return home to lose to 1st place Grand Canyon

Seattle U comes up short in return home to lose to 1st place Grand Canyon

Seattle University returned home Thursday night to play 1st place Grand Canyon. The Redhawks came into the game with a record of 32-18 (13-8 WAC), only 3 games out of first with 3 games remaining. Starting Pitcher Tarik Skubal took the mound against Grand Canyon’s ace pitcher Jake Wong who was 8-2 with a 3.09 era. Little did the Redhawks know that Jake Wong saved his best game for when it most counted.

The Lopes of Grand Canyon quickly struck first. After a first pitch strike by Skubal, their leadoff hitter crushed a triple to left center and the next guy up lined a single to take a 1-0 lead for the Lopes. They ended up sending 8 to the plate and took an early 4-0 lead. Skubal threw a ton of pitches, sensing it would be an early exit for him perhaps?

In the bottom half of the first, Jake Wong completely dominated our top 3 hitters Mazzone, Lively and Hurd as the Redhawks went down quietly. The next inning was the same for Skubal. It was much easier, but the Lopes still plated another run to make it 5-0.
The bottom of the 2nd inning, the Redhawks quickly got two outs on them. The game had the feeling of a possible no hitter, or even a shutout as the Lopes pitcher looked unhittable. 2b Curtis Perrin quickly proved them wrong as he secured the Redhawks first hit. He crushed a long home run to right center as the lead was cut to 5-1. There was hope, as the Redhawks put 2 more runners on base. Jake Wong quickly squashed their plans as Prater went down swinging.

In the 3rd, the Lopes plated another run on a long home run to left. Skubal was still in after 3 innings despite continuing to pile up a high pitch count. In the bottom half, Redhawks record holder Dalton Hurd crushed a double and scored on a hit by 1b Sean Sutton. In the 4th inning, Skubal continued to struggle and allowed 3 more runs. This would be Skubal’s last inning as he finished with 95 pitches through 4 innings, giving up 9 runs. Seattle University Redhawks bats would go cold for the next 4 innings. Wong ended up going 6 inning and striking out 7.

Going into the 8th inning, the Lopes continued to lead 9-2. Grand Canyon would send 7 more men to the plate and score 3 runs, all unearned for pitcher Jarod Billing, as the Redhawks would get a little sloppy in the field. In the bottom half, their bats would light up, but they failed to convert as the lead was 12-3 going into the 9th inning and that is what it remained.

Seattle University’s conference title was lost but not their pride. Their record went to 32-19. The Redhawks play a 2pm game on Friday and finish the season on Saturday at 9am. Saturday is senior day. Lucas Denney, Austin Hansen, Dalton Hurd, Curtis Perrin, Jack Reisinger, Cameron Sterne, Sean Sutton, and Ky Dye make up the senior class. Come out and support your seniors at 9am and cheer them to victory before they head to the conference tournament next week in Arizona (May 23rd-May 27th).

Thank you to the seniors and thank you to the entire Seattle University baseball program for an outstanding season with lots of excitement. It’s not over yet for some, so if you can’t make it out to the last game, watch the box scores and follow them on twitter because you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to watch next month’s major league baseball’s draft because you are going to see more names than normal for the Seattle University baseball time because of all the talent.

Go Redhawks!!

 

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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.

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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.