Seattle University’s game against the Air Force Academy turns into a double header and they win them both!

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Seattle University’s game against the Air Force Academy turns into a double header and they win them both!

Tuesday afternoon, Seattle University woke up thinking they were playing a game at 5pm against the Air Force Academy. Hours later they were informed that due to the wonderful threat of rain that day and the next, this had now turned into a double header. Both teams had little time to adjust as 3pm approached rather quickly.

The weather at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Washington was immaculate as the skies cleared up and the temperature was in the mid-fifties. RHP Tyler Yeh requested to take the ball to start the game and he was granted the opportunity to start his first game of the season. Yeh didn’t disappoint his coaches.

Air Forces went scoreless the first two innings. In the bottom half of the 2nd, left fielder Cameron Sterne drove in a run as Seattle University took an early 1-0 lead. In the 3rd, Yeh held Air Force scoreless again. The Redhawks plated two more runs in the third on an rbi double by 1b Sean Sutton and an RBI by Justin Mazzone as the Redhawks went up 3-0. Tyler Yeh continued to dominate as he gave up two hits in the fourth inning but quickly got out of the jam. In the fifth, Air Force knocked Yeh out of the game, but pitcher Jake Prizina quickly came in to shut down the rally.

Air Force was only able to score only run. In the bottom of the 6th inning, catcher Jack Reisinger added an insurance one when he crushed a solo home run to left field to give the Redhawks a 4-1 lead. In the 7th inning, Jake Prizina quickly shut down Air Force to secure his 1st save of the season and the Seattle University Redhawks were now only one win away from achieving 20 wins this season. Jake was dominant as he struck out six batters in 3 innings of work.

Pitcher Jarrod Billig started game 2 for the Redhawks. He wasn’t very effective as Air Force scored only one run in the first when It could have been more. In the bottom half, the Redhawks bats came alive. They scored 3 runs, the highlight being a 2-run home run by 1b Sean Sutton. In the 2nd Air Force went scoreless but drove Billig from the game. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Seattle University scored 5 more runs on 6 hits to take an 8-1 lead. The highlight of the inning was when 2b Curtis Perrin belted a 3 run home run to right field, an absolute mammoth shot.

Over the next few innings, Air Force scored 3 more runs to cut the lead to 8-4 as we went to the bottom of the fifth. The Redhawks manufactured 3 more runs to take an 11-4 lead. Over the next four innings, Seattle University brought in their stoppers as Nathan Bonck and closer Zach Wolf combined for 4 strikeouts, 1 hit and 1 run as Seattle U won the game 11-5. They not only swept the doubleheader, they achieved 20 wins.

SSU takeaways on their performance against the Air Force Academy

  • Stars of the double-header were pitchers Tyler Yeh, Jake Prizina, Nathan Bonck, Zach Wolf, catcher Jack Reisinger, and 1B Sean Sutton, 2B Curtis Perrin, SS Austin Lively and CF Dalton Hurd.
  • Game one, the pitching was the star of the game but so was catcher Jack Reisinger. Pitchers Yeh and Prizina combined for one run 8 hits, 7 Ks and most importantly no walks. A dominating performance by the duo. Hats off to catcher Jack Reisinger for his clutch home run late in the ball game. I was more impressed by the game he called behind the plate because he was a huge reason his pitchers were so successful. Nice job Jack!

  • Austin Lively, Perrin, Hurd and Sutton batted 1-4 in the order both games and they were productive. They were a combined 9-29 with 6 rbis and 9 runs scored and played some stunning defense on the field.

  • Their record is now 20-10 as Alcorn State will be coming to town on Friday the 13th for a 3-game series vs the Redhawks. Game 1 is at 5pm at Bannerwood Park. It should be a great series so let’s pack the stands and show Alcorn State how dominate we truly are. Go Redhawks!

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