The Seattle University baseball team received solid starting pitching, but could not support those performances with timely hitting as Saint Mary’s College took both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader, 1-0 and 5-2, at Louis Guisto Field.
“We are definitely disappointed on how the season has started. We have not been able to bridge good starting pitching with our bullpen to keep leads and have given up too many free bases to a team that capitalizes on opportunities,” Seattle U head coach Donny Harrel said. “Our offense needs to create more pressure on their defense, and our key hitters have to start driving in runs.”
Game One: Saint Mary’s 1, Seattle U 0
Saint Mary’s (3-0) struck first in the bottom of the fourth inning as Joey Fiske led off with a walk and stole second base. Fiske would score when a double down the right-field line by Brett Rasso was mishandled, but Redhawk starter Nick Meservey (Scottsdale, Ariz.) left Rasso stranded at second base by inducing a foul out and a groundout.
That would be the only run in the game, as the two teams combined for just eight hits. Meservey allowed three hits, four walks, and the one unearned run in five innings, striking out three Gael batters along the way. Grant Gunning (Snohomish, Wash.) came on in relief and gave up one hit and three walks in three innings.
Johnny York started for Saint Mary’s and scattered four hits in eight innings, striking out seven Redhawk batters without allowing a walk as he threw 94 pitches, 62 of them for strikes. Anthony Gonsolin came on to close the game in the ninth inning, but created trouble as he walked Dalton Hurd (Bend, Ore.) and Griffin Andreychuk (Nanaimo, B.C.). However, shortstop Conor Thane made a diving catch on a flare to shallow left field hit by pinch hitter Lucas Denney (Goldendale, Wash.) to prevent the tying run from scoring.
Game Two: Saint Mary’s 5, Seattle U 2
Similar to the first game, the second game of the doubleheader remained scoreless early until Seattle U strung a series of hits together in the top of the fifth inning, as Andreychuk, Denney, and Chase Ridder (Lake Stevens, Wash.) all singled to load the bases with nobody out. Cameron Sterne (Shoreline, Wash.) followed with a single to center field that scored Andreychuk, and then Michael McCann (Vancouver, Wash.) drew a one-out walk to force in Denney with the second run of the inning.
In the sixth inning, Nate Nolan led off with a double and advanced to third on a single by Fiske. Pinch hitter Charles Zaloumis drew a walk to load the bases and, after Jake Prizina (Sparks, Nev.) came on in relief of Seattle U starter Janson Junk (Federal Way, Wash.), pinch hitter Brett Rasso laced a double into the left-center field gap, clearing the bases and putting the Gaels on top, 3-2.
The Gaels added some insurance in the eighth inning as Gonsolin hit a one-out double to right-center field. With two outs, Anthony Villa was hit by a pitch and Nolan reached on an infield single, loading the bases. Fiske earned an infield single that drove in Gonsolin, and Villa was able to come around and score on a Redhawk error.
Junk took the loss for the Redhawks as he allowed seven hits, four walks, and three runs in 5 1/3 innings of work. Jonathan Buckley came on in relief of Saint Mary’s starter Cameron Neff and picked up the victory, giving up just three hits in three innings while striking out four batters, while David Dellaserra picked up the save after coming on in the ninth inning with two runners on and nobody out and picking up a strikeout and a double play groundout.
Seattle University (0-3) concludes the season-opening series at Saint Mary’s Sunday, Feb. 21, starting at 12 noon. Links to live stats, audio, and video are available on the baseball schedule page of GoSeattleU.com.
“We still have a very good team and we need to get that first win of the season tomorrow and carry the momentum back home,” added Harrel.