Seattle University Looks to Extend Winning Ways vs the Pacific!

Photo courtesy of John Shaffer

Friday night lights in Stockton, California had the Seattle University Redhawks taking on the University of Pacific. The Redhawks were looking to even their record at 4-4 on the young season. Senior sensation Jake Prizina was on the mound to open the 4-game series versus Pacific, so the chances were good that it would happen. All of Redhawk nation was getting excited as game time grew close.

Jake was dominating from the beginning and didn’t disappoint as he pitched six scoreless innings to extend his streak to start the season at 20 innings with no runs allowed. He struck out 5 batters and gave up only 2 hits. The game would remain scoreless until the fifth inning as the Redhawks would break open the ballgame with a 5-run fifth inning. The highlights of the inning were a 2-run home run by 1B Jake Taylor and a 2-run double by DH Justin Mazzone. The sensational Jake Prizina would leave after 6 innings with a lead of 5-0. Win number 4 for the Redhawks was in its grasps with only 3 innings to go. The Redhawks bats would go silent and the bullpen blew another one as Pacific came back and scored 6 runs over the final 3 innings to walk off in victory. The reliable Tyler Yeh came out of the bullpen in the 8th to try and stop the bleeding. Unfortunately, Friday night lights wasn’t his cup of tea as he was saddled with the loss. Redhawk Nation would watch their teams record go to 3-5 as Pacific celebrated in victory.

Saturday night was a “Twi-night” double header. Game one would be 9-innings and game two would be 7 innings. Game one the Redhawks fell behind early 2-0. They quickly would make up the deficit to go ahead 3-2. After that, the game was all Pacific. Seattle University used 4 pitchers who gave up 9 runs on 5 hits, 6 walks and 5 hits-batsmen. The trend continued for the Redhawks as the continued to look for help on the mound and they didn’t produce. The bats produced 3 more runs late, but it wasn’t enough. At the end, the Redhawks fell 9-6 to go 3-6 on the season. The star of the game was SS Connor O’Brien who had 2 hits and 2 RBIs.

Game two was unfortunately cancelled due to weather.

Game 3 was on Sunday morning under the cloudy skies of Stockton, California. The always reliable Tyler Yeh took the mound as the starting pitcher of the Redhawks. Tyler came to play and so did the offense as they pounded out 11 hits and 6 walks. Redhawks scored first on a Connor O’Brien RBI single. In the fifth inning Seattle University would plate 4 more runs to go up 5-0. The highlights of the inning were a 2-run double by Connor O’Brien and a 2-run single by Freshman sensation Kyle Sherick. Meanwhile pitcher Tyler Yeh pitched another dominating 5 innings striking out 7 batters and giving up 1 hit and 5 walks. Seattle University’s bullpen finally had a quality finish as they closed out the final four innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits while walking only 1 Pacific Tiger. Freshman pitcher Desmond Parisotto threw 3 innings of 1 run ball giving up the 3 hits. Sophomore Brayden Weyer came in to close the door. Seattle University would score 3 more runs late to seal the victory.

Seattle University goes to 4-6 on the young season. They played a good series against Pacific that saw them lose the first two ballgames. The bullpen continues to be inconsistent and the Redhawks continue to look for pitching behind Prizina and Yeh. The Redhawks defense committed less errors over the weekend but the pitching staff hit nearly 10 Pacific Tigers while giving up several walks. Something must give with this pitching staff when they get into conference play.

The Redhawks return home March 5th for a five-game home-stand at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Washington. Tuesday’s game is against the University of Washington. Please come out and support your Redhawks against the Dawgs. It should be a fun-filled ballgame with the fans filling the stands. Hope to see you there. I know I will be attending.

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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.