Seattle University Baseball Comeback Falls Short: Northern Colorado Wins the Finale 7-6 under the Rainy Skies at Bannerwood

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Seattle University Baseball Comeback Falls Short: Northern Colorado Wins the Finale 7-6 under the Rainy Skies at Bannerwood

Seattle University Redhawks came into the game Saturday against Northern Colorado looking for the series sweep after beating the Bears in a doubleheader the day before. The Redhawks were looking to build on their 18-9 record which included 6-2 in the WAC. Little did they know that they were in for a battle, not only with the Bears but with the weather.

The game got moved up due to the in-climate weather. After a 30-minute delay they finally had their first pitch. Lefty Nick Meservey was on the mound for the Redhawks. He quickly retired the side in order on a groundout and two swinging strike outs. It was quite an impressive outing for the Jr Lefthander coming back from Tommy John surgery. In the bottom half of the inning, 3b Austin Lively lead off with a single but was quickly stranded as the Red Hawks went down quickly.

Pitcher Dawson Day came in and pitched the next two innings, giving up a run in the top half of the 3rd. The Redhawks bats went scoreless until the 3rd inning when their bats lit up the gray skies at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, all with two outs. Austin Lively laced a triple down the right field line, securing his 2nd base hit of the ballgame. He would later score on a wild pitch to tie it up. After a walk to 2b Curtis Perrin, who stole second base, SS Jake Cosgrove drove him home with a single to take the lead 2-1. After another base hit by 1b Sean Sutton, CF Dalton Hurd would single home Cosgrove. DH Justin Mazzone would finish off the hit parade and line a double to score Sutton and Hurd. The Redhawks lead 5-1 after 3 innings.

The lead would be short-lived as in the top half of the fourth inning, the Bears bats would come alive and plate 6 runs on 3 hits and some sloppy pitching by the Redhawks as they would go through 3 pitchers in the inning alone. Pitcher Nathan Bonck came in to stop the bleeding with some impressive pitching as the Bears from Northern Colorado took a 7-5 lead.

Nathan Bonck and pitcher Tyler Yeh would shut down the Bears over the next 4 innings with some strong pitching performances. The Redhawks bats would go quiet as well. In the 9th inning, Redhawks closer Zach Wolfe came in the game to keep the game in check. The Bears would threaten but would not score.

The bottom of the 9th, one could sense a comeback in the making. Seattle University didn’t disappoint. They quickly loaded the bases with one out with their leadoff hitter Austin Lively at the plate. He had two hits already in the ballgame, why not a third? He flew out to left and scored one run. With the lead cut to 7-6, Curtis Perrin came to the plate. Unfortunately, he would make the final out and the Seattle University Redhawks would go down 7-6 in a hard-fought ballgame.

SSU takeaways on the Seattle University Redhawks baseball team:

Stars of the ballgame were pitchers Nick Meservey, Nathan Bonck, Tyler Yeh, and 3B/SS Austin Lively for his bat.

What a gutsy performance by Meservey who is coming back from Tommy John surgery. He was spot on with his command. Bonck and Yeh came in and shut down the Bears from turning this ballgame into a laughing stock. Austin Lively had 2 hits including starting the 3rd inning rally and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. He played stellar defense as well.

Seattle University has a great mix of players on their team from seniors down to freshmen.

Watching this talented team for my first time in person, I was in awe with the mix of players they had on their ballclub. They are a young team with impressive athletes from top to bottom. They are not only going to be fun to watch for the rest of the season but for years to come but also are going to be extremely competitive.

Do the Redhawks have a chance to win their conference?

Absolutely they do. They currently sit at 6-3 in the conference only 2 games back. The season still has a way to go. This will be fun to watch the Redhawks progress and fight their way for the rest of the season. If Saturday’s game was a preview to come for the rest of the year, these young men are going to be a joy to watch. They had energy, enthusiasm, and most of all, they never gave up.

Next up for the Redhawks, they play Air Force on Tuesday April 10th at 5pm at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, WA. If you want to see some great college baseball, come root them on this Tuesday and for the rest of the season. You will not be disappointed. Go Redhawks!

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