Seattle University’s Magical Season Comes to an End!

Seattle University’s Magical Season Comes to an End!

Photo By: Darryl Webb/WAC

Seattle University entered the W.A.C. tournament looking to continue their magical run towards the NCAA field of 64. They entered the tournament as the fourth seed in the W.A.C. and they didn’t disappoint. The Redhawks faced Northern Colorado in their first game of the tournament. Ace Tarik Skubal took the mound and was dominant. He went 6 innings, striking out 10 batters while surrendering one run.

Tyler Yeh came in for the last 3 innings giving up 2 more runs as the Redhawks came away winners 8-3 to win game one in the tournament. Austin Lively lead the way with 3 hits while Cameron Sterne and Chase Wells each had two hits.

Day two of the tournament, the Redhawks faced the top-seeded Grand Canyon. The Redhawks were coming off getting swept by Grand Canyon in their last 3 home games of the season. Seattle University was looking for revenge, and revenge is what they got. It was the battle of the Jakes, Seattle University’s Jake Prizina versus Grand Canyon’s ace Jake Wong (who dominated the Redhawks the previous weekend).

The 2 Jakes brought their A games to the table. Wong went 8 innings striking out 11 Redhawks and gave up 3 measly runs. Redhawks ace Jake Prizina went 6 2/3 inning striking out 6 and gave up 1 run on 4 hits. Closer Zach Wolfe came in to close out with a 3-1 lead. He gave up a run in the 8th to make the game close but he tired Grand Canyon in order in the 9th to secure his 9th save of the season and the 26th save of his dominate career with Seattle University. Quite an achievement for a closer in college baseball. The Redhawks managed only 6 hits in the ballgame, but they were enough as they continued in the tournament with a 3-2 win to go 2-0 in the tournament to continue their magical run.

Day three in the tournament they faced a hot team in New Mexico State. The game was never close as the Redhawks lost 11-1 in 7 innings due to the 10-run rule. The bats went silent and the pitching wasn’t even close in comparison to New Mexico State.

Unfortunately, no one stood out for the Redhawks in the 11-1 loss with their only run coming on a sacrifice fly by catcher Jack Reisinger. Seattle University would still be in the tournament though as they found out they would face Sacramento State the next afternoon. If they would win that game than they would have to win 2 more games against New Mexico State.

Day 4 was on Saturday afternoon against Sacramento State. The game started out promising as Justin Mazzone and Dalton Hurd hit back to back home runs to take an early 2-0 lead. Closer Zach Wolfe made a rare start for the Redhawks. They had nothing to lose so they threw out their dominant closer. Zach couldn’t stop the hot-hitting Sacramento State baseball team as they scored 6 runs in 4 innings off him to take a 6-3 lead.

Sacramento State would score 4 more runs off the relievers as they took a 10-3 lead going into the bottom of the 8th. Sean Sutton and Jacob Prater would belt 2-run home runs to cut the lead to 10-7. They almost kept the rally going when they added two more runners, but they ended up stranding them. There still was a chance as they sent their ace Tarik Skubal to the mound in the 9th inning but Sacramento State woke up and plated two more runs to take the lead 12-7. In the bottom half of the 9th inning their season ended as they couldn’t produce any more runs after loading the bases. Cameron Sterne and Sean Sutton each had two hits in the ballgame, but it wasn’t enough.

Seattle University finished the season with a 34-23 record. It was the 2nd most wins ever in the history of their program. This was their 3rd thirty-win season out of the last four years, quite an achievement for an up and coming program.

As the seniors depart, there is still a great future for this program and they have many quality athletes coming into the program next season. Hats off to Coach Harrell and his staff for the great job that they did with this team. Seattle Sports Union and the fans of Seattle University can’t wait for the years to come. They will be fun to watch. Thank you Seattle University Redhawks! We will see you in 2019.

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.