MESA, Ariz. – Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning Seattle U strung together five hits with Dalton Hurd's walk-off RBI single giving the Redhawks a 5-4 win over Sacramento State on Friday night in the WAC Tournament.
A fantastic start from junior Sam Long and strong relief work from senior Tyler Beardsley permitted just one run and only four hits through the first eight innings of the game, but the Redhawks opened the bottom of the ninth with three straight singles before Curtis Perrin had a two-run double, Griffin Andreychuk hit a sacrifice fly, and Perrin scored on Hurd's one-out single up the middle.
Sacramento State (30-27) lost when leading after seven innings for the first time this season (had been 23-0). The Hornets will play in an elimination game on Friday at 3 p.m. against the winner of the 11 a.m. game between New Mexico State and CSU Bakersfield.
The regular season conference champion and top seed in the WAC Tournament, Seattle U (36-19) moves on to face Utah Valley in the winners bracket tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Earlier on Thursday CSU Bakersfield eliminated Northern Colorado with an 11-6 win and Utah Valley beat second-seeded New Mexico State 3-2.
Long allowed just one run and only three hits with six strikeouts over six innings. He walked two men in the first inning and gave up a run on a Sean Sutton RBI single but that would be the only run he allowed. The Hornets tied the game at 1-1 in the third inning when PJ Floyd hit a two-out single before advancing to second and third on Seattle U errors and scoring on a wild pitch.
Redhawk senior Ted Hammond also had a strong start as he allowed just the one unearned run through six innings, but in the seventh inning the Hornets staged an uprising. With two outs and a man on first, the Hornets strung together four incredible at-bats against reliever Connor Moore.
All four of the ensuing at-bats went to full counts. Moore got a six-pitch strikeout before junior Trent Goodrich drew a six-pitch walk and senior Chris Lewis had a nine-pitch walk to load the bases. Sophomore Andrew McWilliam then had a nine-pitch at-bat, fouling off four straight pitches before doubling into left field to clear the bases and put the Hornets ahead 4-1.
Moore got the last out of the seventh inning and pitched the eighth and ninth to earn the win when the Redhawks rallied. Seattle U outhit the Hornets 9-4 while no player on either team had more than one hit in the contest and McWilliam and Perrin had the only multi-RBI lines.
McWilliam extended his reached base streak to 18 games, the longest by a Hornet this season, and has hits in six straight. Lewis had a single and two walks and has now had a hit in 12 straight WAC Tournament games.