Sophomore Tarik Skubal (Kingman, Ariz.) picked up right where he left off last season, setting a new Seattle University baseball single-game record for strikeouts to lead the Redhawks to a 4-1 victory over Saint Mary’s College Sunday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field.
Skubal allowed just three hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out 13 Gael batters, breaking the Redhawk record for strikeouts in a single-game of 11 set three times last season, including once by Skubal May 10, 2015, against Chicago State. He threw 98 pitches, 63 of them for strikes, as he retired the first 11 batters before giving up back-to-back singles and a stolen base in the fourth inning to put runners on second and third, but he stranded both Gaels with an inning-ending strikeout.
With one out in the top of the third inning, Dalton Hurd (Bend, Ore.) sent a single up the middle, and Michael McCann (Vancouver, Wash.) followed with a walk. With two outs, Sean Sutton (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) drove in Hurd with a single to center field, and Griffin Andreychuk (Nanaimo, B.C.) followed with a single to right field that scored McCann.
Hurd started another rally in the fifth inning as he reached on a Saint Mary’s error and stole second base. Sheldon Stober (Kent, Wash.) was hit by a pitch, and Sutton walked to load the bases with one out. Andreychuk drove in his second run of the game with a single through the right side of the infield, scoring Hurd, and Lucas Denney (Goldendale, Wash.) was hit by a pitch, forcing in Stober with another run.
After Tyler Oldenberg (Boise, Idaho) induced an inning-ending double play in the eighth inning, Connor Moore (West Richland, Wash.) came on to start the ninth inning, but he hit Anthony Gonsolin and Zach Kirtley with pitches, followed by a single from Anthony Villa, although Gonsolin was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second base.
Zach Wolf (Dana Hills, Calif.) replaced Moore and walked Nate Nolan to load the bases. Jackson Thoreson drove in Kirtley with a sacrifice fly into foul territory in left field, but Wolf induced a grounder from Joey Fiske that forced Nolan out at second, giving Wolf his first career collegiate save.
Hurd, Sutton, and Andreychuk picked up two hits apiece as the Redhawks collected eight hits and five walks off four different Gael pitchers. Drew Strotman started for Saint Mary’s and took the loss, allowing five hits, four walks, and four runs, three of them earned, in 4 1/3 innings of work, although he did collect six strikeouts.
Seattle University (1-3) opens the home schedule next weekend with a four-game series against Bowling Green, starting with a single game Friday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Live stats and a live stream will be available for the game on GoSeattleU.com, and tickets will be available at the front gate starting 60 minutes before first pitch.