The Seattle University Men’s Baseball team slammed out five wins last week against Air Force and Alcorn State, bringing their record to 23-10. Confidence seems to be key to the team’s success.
“Recently we have been having a lot of team confidence,” senior Business Econ and Finance major Sean Sutton said. “We have played a lot of games together, being an old team. We are always so happy and excited and feel like we are going to win.” The team won indeed, and Sutton equated this to strong performances from his teammates across the board.
“We have been really hot offensively, it is always important to get off to a good start,” Sutton said. “When we have been scoring, our pitcher has been doing a good job of putting up zeros after that inning and that’s a good thing to keep the momentum on our side.”
Not only did the Redhawks win their games last week, a special spotlight was on senior Dalton Hurd because the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) named him hitter of the week. Hurd set the school record for overall hits during this past week and became the Redhawks’ all-time hits and runs scored leader.
Senior Mechanical Engineering major Cameron Sterne has been playing baseball for the Redhawks for four years now, and he feels that he has improved in his time on the team.
“I think this is the best it has been out of the four years I have been on the team,” Sterne said. “This is definitely my best year I’ve had at Seattle U, I’m staying healthy and hitting pretty well.”
Sterne and Sutton are looking forward to the rest of the season’s games and have hopes that the team will be able to win the WAC championship this year. However, it is not all about winning according to them, it is about enjoying the game and being with fellow teammates.
“For me, it’s just having fun really,” Sutton said. “Last year going into the season, I was hoping to get drafted but I got off to a bad start and things just kind of started to spiral on me, and this year instead of focusing on the next step I’m focusing on now and taking it one game at a time and trying to have as much fun as I can, because this could be my last year playing baseball.”
Whatever the future holds for the team and the individual players, Sterne is ready for it.
“It doesn’t matter where we are, we never think we are not going to win the game, we have a lot of confidence overall,” Sterne said.
Seattle U Baseball will have four more home games this week as they take on the University of Washington Huskies and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
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