Seattle University held Bowling Green to three hits and two walks while pounding out nine hits of its own as the Redhawks defeated the Falcons, 3-0, Friday afternoon in a non-conference collegiate baseball game at Bannerwood Park.
Ted Hammond (Shoreline, Wash.) started for the Redhawks and pitched seven innings, giving up just the three hits and two walks while he struck out five batters. He retired the first seven Falcon batters in order, throwing the first 15 pitches for strikes, and he allowed just one Bowling Green runner to advance to second base. Grant Gunning (Snohomish, Wash.) came on in relief and set down all six batters he faced for his first save of the season.
In the bottom of the third inning, Sheldon Stober (Kent, Wash.) sent a 3-1 pitch over the left field wall for his first home run of the season. Griffin Andreychuk (Nanaimo, B.C.) followed with a single to left field, stole second base, and came around to score on a single through the right side of the infield by Brock Carpenter (Milton, Wash.).
The Redhawks added some insurance in the bottom of the fifth inning when Dalton Hurd (Bend, Ore.) was hit by a pitch, stole second base, advanced to third on a flyout to right field by Andreychuk, and hustled home on a Falcon passed ball.
Sean Sutton (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) went 3-for-3 with a walk to lead the Redhawk offense, while Stober and Carpenter picked up two hits apiece. Nick Glanzman led Bowling Green with a 2-for-3 performance, but almost 70 percent of the pitches the Falcons saw were strikes.
“Ted was especially good in getting ahead of hitters with the first-pitch strike, which changes the entire at-bat. We got some timely hitting, but we did leave some guys out there when we had a chance to separate even more. However, it’s good to get a win in our first home game,” Seattle U head coach Donny Harrel said.
Seattle University (2-3) and Bowling Green (1-2) are scheduled to play a doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 27, starting at 1 p.m., with a seven-inning game followed by a nine-inning contest. A live stream for the first game only and live stats for both games will be available on GoSeattleU.com.