Seattle University received strong pitching, especially in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and the offense came alive enough times to help the Redhawks sweep the Bowling Green Falcons, 7-0 and 9-3, in non-conference baseball games at Bannerwood Park.
Game One: Seattle U 7, Bowling Green 0
Tarik Skubal (Kingman, Ariz.) struck out 10 batters in six innings of work, allowing just two hits but facing the minimum 18 hitters thanks to the Seattle U defense catching two Falcon runners attempting to steal a base. Skubal struck out the side in the second and fifth innings as 58 of his 81 pitches went for strikes.
With one out in the bottom of the first inning, Seattle U loaded the bases on singles by Michael McCann (Vancouver, Wash.) and Sheldon Stober (Kent, Wash.) as well as a walk drawn by Sean Sutton (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho). Griffin Andreychuk (Nanaimo, B.C.) laced a double into left-center field, scoring both McCann and Stober, and Brock Carpenter (Milton, Wash.) followed with a sacrifice fly to center field that brought home Sutton from third base.
The Redhawks put together a two-out rally in the second inning, as McCann drove in Curtis Perrin (Vancouver, Wash.) with a single up the middle. Stober and Sutton earned back-to-back doubles that each drove in a run, and Andreychuk sent a single to center field that scored Sutton from second base and ended the outing of Bowling Green starter Zac Carey.
Connor Moore (West Richland, Wash.) came on in relief of Skubal in the seventh inning and allowed just one hit while picking up a strikeout to finish the shutout. McCann, Stober, and Andreychuk led the Redhawk offense with two hits apiece as Seattle U totaled nine hits in the game.
Game Two: Seattle U 9, Bowling Green 3
Bowling Green (1-4) took the early lead in the second game, as Logan Giddings drew a one-out walk and Cam Daugherty followed with a single. Cody Callaway sent a single into left field, and the ball got away from the Redhawk defense for an error, allowing Giddings and Daugherty to score. With Callaway on third base, Janson Junk (Federal Way, Wash.) struck out the next two Falcon batters to prevent any further damage.
In the bottom of the third inning, Dalton Hurd (Bend, Ore.) reached on an infield single, stole second base with nobody out and third base with two outs, and scored on a single by Carpenter. In the fourth inning, Jeffrey Morgan (Auburn, Wash.) executed a bunt single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jack Reisinger (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), reached third on a single by Chase Ridder (Lake Stevens, Wash.), and scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Hurd.
Carpenter reached base with one out in the fifth inning on an infield single and advanced to second on a Falcon error. Sutton would drive Carpenter in on a single to right field, but Sutton would get thrown out at second base attempting to stretch his hit into a double. However, Jake Taylor (Boise, Idaho) put the Redhawks ahead for good with a home run to left field.
The Falcons closed to within one in the top of the sixth inning as Nick Glanzman doubled down the left field line and came around to score on back-to-back groundouts. The Redhawks regained their two-run margin in the seventh inning as Stober led off with a single, advanced to third on a single by Carpenter, and scored on a double play groundout.
Seattle U broke the game open in the eighth inning with four runs thanks to two-run home runs by Reisinger and Lucas Denney (Goldendale, Wash.). Meanwhile, the Redhawk bullpen kept Bowling Green off the scoreboard, as Austin Hansen (Mukilteo, Wash.) and Tyler Oldenberg (Boise, Idaho) combined for three innings of three-hit relief with four strikeouts.
Junk earned his first victory of the season, giving up three hits, two walks, and three runs, only one of them earned, in six innings while striking out eight Falcon batters. Meanwhile, Seattle U pounded out 16 hits off five different Bowling Green pitchers, led by Carpenter and Sutton with three hits apiece.
Seattle University (4-3) will look to complete the series sweep Sunday, Feb. 28, at 12 noon at Bannerwood Park. For the most up-to-date information regarding Redhawk baseball, visit GoSeattleU.com.