Will Smith Comes to the Rescue too Little too Late!

Photo by John Shaffer

Seattle University returned home Tuesday evening to face off against their crosstown rivals, the Washington Huskies. The Dawgs were coming in with a record of 7-2. Seattle University was returning home for a 5-game home stand with a record of 4-6. The Redhawks were slowly coming together as a team. To face off against the Dawgs would be a challenge, but a challenge that could launch this team in the right direction. Fellow Washingtonian Will Smith took the mound and by the end of the night the Redhawks had found a true legend, perhaps the spark that their pitching staff needed. Will Smith came to play, and he proved the Dawgs wrong from the start.

Will Smith was en fuego from the start. In inning one, he struck out two batters around one hit he allowed. The Redhawks threatened in the bottom half with 2 base runners but failed to produce. In the 2nd, Will Smith continued to dominate the Dawgs as he retired the side in order with 2 more strikeouts in the process. Once again, the Redhawks failed to bring a run home as Austin Lively was stranded on 3rd base. In the 3rd, the Dawgs produced their first run of the ballgame as they scored on a pass ball by catcher Justin Mazzone. Both teams’ bats would continue to be dormant until the 5th inning. The Dawgs loaded the bases with no outs. Will Smith proceed to induce a 1-2-3 double play. With 2 outs, catcher Justin Mazzone committed another passed ball. Suddenly, the score was 2-0 Huskies. Will would eventually secure the 3rd out of the inning to limit the scoring.

After 5 innings of 3-hit ball, the score was only 2-0. Will Smith was the spark that the Redhawks needed with this pitching staff. In inning 6, Will Smith came out as strong as ever but he had his real only bad inning of the evening. He would allow 2 runs and leave after 6 innings with the score of 4-0. Will’s stats of the evening were as followed: 6 innings, 88 pitches, 5 strikeouts, 2 walks, 2 hit batters, 4 runs, 2 earned runs. Like previously mention, Will Smith was the star of the night. This was the spark that the starting pitching staff needed. Too bad the offense couldn’t show up. In the 7th, the bullpen took over and shut down the Huskies. In the bottom half, the Redhawks cut the lead to 4-2 on a 2-run home run by 1B Matt Boissoneault, his first hit of his college career. The bullpen would allow the Dawgs to score 2 more runs in the 8th inning to increase the lead to 6-2. Seattle University would score one late run with a RBI ground-out by Matt Boissoneault, his 3rd RBI of the evening. Too little too late though as the Redhawks would fall 6-3 to their rivals from across the water.

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Seattle University saw their record fall to 4-7. Seattle University will look for redemption against the Dawgs in Seattle on April 30th.

There were not many positives from today’s games. First, Will Smith save the day and perhaps what the starting rotation needed. He pitched an absolute master performance and quality start. He should not be disappointed as he faced a top division one team and nearly shut them down the entire 6 innings, he was in. 1B Matt Boissoneault had a breakout game, driving in all 3 runs. Austin Lively had two hits, hopefully a sign that he is coming out of his slump.

Seattle U now starts a 3-game series versus University of Texas-Arlington. Senior Jake Prizina is expected to get the start. Come on out to Bannerwood Park and see perhaps the best pitcher in college baseball take the mound. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

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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.