Redhawks Defeat Lumberjacks in Series Opener

NACOGDOCHES, Texas-  Seattle University defeated Stephen F. Austin, 11-9 in the series opener. SFA falls to 14-13 (3-1 WAC) while SU improves to 21-9 (2-2 WAC).

The Redhawks came into the series holding a record of 20-9 overall, marking the program’s best record through 29 games in their Division I history. The Redhawks showed why, in game one of their three game series with SFA.

Seattle was first to get on the board, following a Tai Wilson single that scored Olivia Viggiano. Seattle led 1-0 at the end of the first inning.  Brooke Gainous did a great job yielding only one run to the scolding hot Redhawks, through four innings of play.  However, Lily Garcia’s fourth inning RBI single would score Sydney Frankenberger on an unearned run. Seattle would strengthen their lead in the fifth inning, following a Madison Kahwaty RBI single that scored Olivia Viggiano.  The Redhawks led the ‘Jacks 3-0, after the top of the fifth.

Stephen F. Austin finally go the bats going, in the bottom of the fifth.  The Lumberjacks found their first run on a Camryn Middlebrook single that scored Emily Berryhill.  Madison Nguyen reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Mallory Webb.  Mackenzie Bennett’s RBI grounder to second base would score Madison Nguyen.  The Lumberjacks put an emphasis on the hot bats, following a two-run homerun that scored Arwin Callaway.  Emily Berryhill found the plate again, after another Madison Nguyen RBI.  The Redhawks finally stopped the fifth inning bleeding. Following a Sydnee Hebert walk that scored Mallory Webb.  SFA ended the fifth inning with a monstrous 9-3 lead over Seattle.

Skip AdThe Redhawks refused to roll over, beginning their own rally in the seventh inning. Stellar hitting and poor fielding from SFA yielded eight runs in the seventh, to seal an 11-9 comeback victory for Seattle. Five Redhawks recorded multi-hit games with Tai Wilson tying Seattle U’s single game hits record for the second time this season at four.  Alexis Telford (6-7) received the loss for the Lumberjacks, while Grace Luderer (6-2) received the win for the Redhawks.