Seattle University jumped on top early, but could not take advantage of several opportunities to score more runs, and Saint Mary’s College was able to come from behind to defeat the Redhawks, 10-5, Friday afternoon in the 2016 opener for both collegiate baseball teams at Louis Guisto Field.
Seattle U got the game and the season off to a roaring start, as Dalton Hurd (Bend, Ore.), Michael McCann (Vancouver, Wash.), and Sheldon Stober (Kent, Wash.) all singled, although Hurd was thrown out at the plate on Stober’s single. With two runners in scoring position, Brock Carpenter (Milton, Wash.) doubled to left-center field, driving in both McCann and Stober, and Sean Sutton (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) followed with his first career home run, a two-run shot over the right-center field wall, to extend the Redhawk lead to 4-0.
Ted Hammond (Shoreline, Wash.) earned the start for the Redhawks and worked his way out of a jam in the second inning, striking out Logan Steinberg with runners on second and third and two outs. Seattle U loaded the bases with nobody out in the third inning as McCann and Stober singled, followed by a walk by Carpenter, but Saint Mary’s starter Corbin Burnes struck out the next three hitters to prevent the Redhawks from adding to their lead.
Saint Mary’s broke through in the fifth inning, starting when Joey Fiske singled up the middle, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and eventually scored on back-to-back groundouts. With two outs, Edward Haus singled to left field, Anthony Gonsolin was hit by a pitch, and Zach Kirtley sent a Hammond pitch over the wall in left-center field for a three-run home run that tied the game at 4-4.
Seattle U struck right back in the top of the sixth inning, starting with a one-out walk drawn by Sutton, followed by Cash McGuire (Kent, Wash.) being hit by a pitch to reach base. With two outs, Kyler Murphy (Peoria, Ariz.) sent a single into right field, scoring pinch runner Curtis Perrin (Vancouver, Wash.) with the go-ahead run.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Haus led off with a single through the left side of the infield and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gonsolin. After Ryan Freitas (Clayton, Calif.) came on in relief of Austin Hansen (Mukilteo, Wash.), Kirtley sent a double down the left-field line that drove in Haus with the game-tying run. Kirtley would advance to third on a groundout and score the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
The Redhawks put together a two-out rally in the top of the eighth inning when Murphy singled to left field, Hurd reached on an infield single, and McCann drew a walk that loaded the bases. However, Saint Mary’s reliever David Dellaserra induced a fielder’s choice groundout by Stober that ended the Redhawk threat without any runs scoring.
Saint Mary’s (1-0) added some insurance in the bottom of the eighth, as Fiske was able to reach second base on a Redhawk throwing error, and then he stole third base when Steinberg drew a walk. Freitas committed a balk to force in Fiske, Steinberg came around to score on a double by Haus, Gonsolin hit a double to left-center field that scored Haus, and Kirtley picked up another RBI with a single through the right side of the infield that drove in Gonsolin.
Five Seattle U batters earned two hits apiece as the Redhawks totaled 11 hits in the game. Hammond allowed six hits and four runs in five innings of work, striking out five batters as he threw 86 pitches. Freitas took the loss after giving up four hits, a walk, and five runs, just one of them earned, in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Kirtley led the Gaels offensively, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and five runs batted in, while Haus and Fiske also picked up three hits apiece. Burnes also pitched five innings as the Gaels’ starter, allowing seven hits, one walk, and four runs while striking out eight batters. Ty Madrigal was credited with the victory for Saint Mary’s, giving up two hits, two walks, and one run in two innings of relief.
Seattle University (0-1) continues the four-game series at Saint Mary’s with a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m. Links to live stats, live audio, and live video can all be found on the baseball schedule page of GoSeattleU.com.