Redhawks Knock NMSU Out of the Park


Jessie Koon

Jessie Koon • The Spectator

A six run deficit wasn’t enough to curtail the Redhawks as their win streak improved to seven with a series sweep over New Mexico State this past weekend.

Their success against other Western Athletic Conference teams has been impressive as their WAC record to 11-1, and 19-15 overall. They have been swinging the bats well, with five players batting over .300 and the offense outscoring opponents 42-21 over the last seven games.

Jessie Koon • The Spectator
Jessie Koon • The Spectator

On Sunday, Seattle U opened the scoring in the second after Michael McCann reached on a fielding error by the Aggie first baseman. McCann then advanced to third on a double off the bat of Jack Reisinger. Colin Peterson proceeded to groundout to second on a fielders choice, allowing McCann to score on the play.

New Mexico State would answer with two runs of their own in the top half of the third thanks to a home run over the left field fence. Those would be the only runs allowed by Seattle U starter Tarik Skubal, who went five innings, allowed six hits, struck out four and walked two in that frame.

The Aggies would go on a tear in the sixth inning, scoring five earned runs off four hits, including a two run blast off the bat of Cameron Haskins.

Down 7-1 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Redhawks’ rally started thanks to a solo bomb by Griffin Andreychuk, the first of his collegiate career. Dalton Hurd followed with a double to left field, stole third base, and scored on a single by Sheldon Stober to close the score gap to four runs.

Then the walks piled up to load the bases for Seattle U. Colin Peterson scored Brock Carpenter on a hustle play, beating out a relay throw from second base, driving in Carpenter and putting runners at the corners with one out. A stolen base and another walk later, the bases were once again loaded for the Redhawks. Then Griffin Andreychuk hit a two run single and Seattle U proceeded to outsmart the Aggies for the tying run when Dalton Hurd laid down a safety squeeze that scored Curtis Perrin.

Jessie Koon • The Spectator
Jessie Koon • The Spectator

“The run that our guys are on right now is really impressive, and we just find different ways to win games. Today was a reflection of our team never giving up and continuing to battle despite the score,” Seattle U head coach Donny Harrel said. “Chris did a great job of coming in and keeping us in the game, and then Kyle was great in finishing things up.”

Cameron Haskins sealed the deal with a two run moon shot over right field.

This weekend the Redhawks will look to continue their hot streak in a home series against North Dakota at Bannerwood Park.

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