Senior Day brings lots of emotion as the Redhawks get swept by 1st place Grand Canyon
Saturday morning, Seattle University gathered at Bannerwood Park to honor their eight amazing seniors on the field before their final home game of the season. It was quite an emotional ceremony with their family and friends as each senior was showered with gifts and love from the University and their families. The players even got to catch the first pitch from their Moms and Dads. How special was that!
Shortly after that, the first pitch was under way. Redhawks pitcher Nick Meservey took the mound. Grand Canyon quickly scored a first inning run for their third straight game to take an early 1-0 lead. In the bottom half of the first, the Redhawks made the Lopes pitcher work, loading the bases with only one out. Justin Mazzone came to the plate, he hit it solidly up the middle, exciting the Seattle University crowd. Unfortunately, the Grand Canyon 2nd baseman was in the right place and promptly turned it into a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the inning. This seemed to be a theme throughout the day because the Lopes made great play after great play the entire ballgame.
Starting pitcher Nick Meservey pitched the first four innings, giving up another run on six hits. The Redhawks bats quiet as the Lopes had a 2-0 lead going into the top of the fifth. Always reliable pitcher Tyler Yeh took the mound for the Redhawks. The fifth inning didn’t like him very much as he faced 5 batters, giving up 3 runs. Nathan Bonck came in and got the final two outs but not after the Lopes took a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Redhawks finally plated a run on an RBI single by senior Sean Sutton to cut the lead to 5-1. In the sixth inning, the Lopes scored their 6th run of the game as they knocked Bonck from the game. Seattle University scored a 2nd run in the bottom half on a RBI double by senior Cameron Stearn.
In the 7th inning, the Redhawks scored 3 more runs to cut the lead to 6-5. There still was a chance against these fierce Lopes of Grand Canyon. Closer Zach Wolf came into pitch the final two innings to keep the game in check and was dominating despite giving up a 7th run in the 9th inning. Seattle University Redhawks did their best but couldn’t plate another run as they fell to Grand Canyon 7-5.
Seattle University finished the regular season with a solid 32 wins and 21 losses. They went 13-11 in the conference to finish the year in 4th place in the W.A.C., 6 games out of first place. The conference tournament begins next week in Mesa, Arizona where Seattle University will play 5th seeded Northern Colorado. Grand Canyon looks like the team to beat, but the Redhawks have the talent to pull of the upset. Redhawks first game is Wednesday afternoon at 3pm. We will be rooting you on from afar but know you all will do amazing and make us proud no matter what happens.
Seattle Sports Union Stars of the Game:
- SS Austin Lively had four hits to keep his average of .300 for the season.
- Seattle University’s 8 seniors. They finished out their careers on a high note and made a huge impact. Seattle University is proud of these 8 ballplayers and are thankful to be a part of their lives. We, the fans, are blessed to have watched you play. Thank you, Dalton Hurd, Curtis Perrin, Cameron Sterne, Jack Reisinger, Austin Hansen, Sean Sutton, Lucas Denney and Ky Dye. Together We Soar!!
It’s been a please covering the Seattle University Redhawks this season. If you didn’t make it out this season, then hopefully you will make it out for next season. The team has lots of returning players next year plus another spectacular fresh-men class coming in.