SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In a game that started at 9:30 p.m. after a two and a half hour rain delay, Seattle U sophomore lefty Nick Meservey permitted just two hits and one walk with nine strikeouts over eight shutout innings to lead the Redhawks to a 3-0 win over Sacramento State.
Due to forecasted rain on Saturday afternoon the regular season finale has also been altered by the weather and moved up to an 11 a.m. start time.
With the loss and a win on Saturday by Utah Valley, Sacramento State (29-25, 16-10 WAC) is locked in as the No. 4 seed for next week's WAC Tournament in Mesa, Ariz. The Hornets will play in the first game of the tournament at 3:00 p.m. next Wednesday against the No. 5 seed, which will be either CSU Bakersfield or Northern Colorado depending on results on Saturday.
Seattle U (34-19, 20-6 WAC) will have a chance to win the regular season WAC title on Saturday. The Redhawks are tied with New Mexico State atop the league standings heading into the final day of the regular season. SU can clinch a share of the regular season championship with a win tomorrow but would also need a New Mexico State loss to earn the No. 1 seed for the WAC Tournament.
Meservey took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Friday, allowing just four base runners on two singles, one walk, and one hit batter. Sacramento State junior Sam Long matched Meservey as neither pitcher allowed a hit until the fifth inning.
Long allowed just two runs (one earned) on four singles and three walks over six innings. He struck out a career-high nine batters, topping his previous career best total by two strikeouts, but took a hard-luck loss.
The Redhawks got the first hit of the game with a one-out single from Jack Reisinger in the fifth inning and he would score on an RBI single by Dalton Hurd. Seattle U got another run in the sixth inning as the first two men reached on a single and a walk and Sean Sutton would score on a passed ball and a throwing error.
Sophomore Andrew McWilliam recorded the first Hornet hit with a one-out single in the seventh inning. Seattle U added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a Curtis Perrin RBI double, and sophomore PJ Floyd had a one-out double for the Hornets in the bottom of the ninth but was stranded.
Zach Wolf earned his WAC-leading 11th save of the season pitching the ninth inning for the Redhawks. Junior Austin Ragsdale kept the Hornets close allowing just one run and four hits in three innings of relief.
With his single McWilliam extended his on-base streak to 15 consecutive games. Friday's game had the latest start time for a home game in program history as it was just the third night game under the new lights at John Smith Field. The game was the 16th Hornet contest this season affected in some way by the weather.
Saturday will be senior day for the Hornets as they wrap up the regular season. Senior Grant Kukuk will start for Sacramento State and will be honored along with fellow seniors Josh Egan, Tyler Beardsley, and Chris Lewis after the game.