Another strong pitching performance and more timely hitting allowed Seattle University to persevere through two rain delays and wet conditions throughout the afternoon for a 7-0 victory over Bowling Green Sunday afternoon in a non-conference collegiate baseball game at Bannerwood Park.
Nick Meservey (Scottsdale, Ariz.) picked up the victory for the Redhawks, allowing just two hits and two walks in six innings of work. After retiring the first six batters he faced, Meservey gave up singles to Greg Basalyga and Riley Minorik to lead off the third inning, but he worked his way out of trouble without the Falcons scoring a run.
Seattle U threatened to score in the fourth inning off Bowling Green starter Zach Kendall, as Sean Sutton (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) drew a leadoff walk, Brock Carpenter (Milton, Wash.) earned a one-out walk, and Lucas Denney (Goldendale, Wash.) singled to load the bases. However, Kendall picked up a strikeout and a groundout to halt the Redhawk threat.
After two rain delays totaling one hour and two minutes, Devin Daugherty came on in relief of Kendall to start the sixth inning, but Griffin Andreychuk (Nanaimo, B.C.) drew a leadoff walk and reached second base on a Falcon error. Jeffrey Morgan (Auburn, Wash.) singled to load the bases, and Kyler Murphy (Peoria, Ariz.) drove in Andreychuk with a grounder to second base.
The Redhawks broke the game open in the seventh inning as Michael McCann (Vancouver, Wash.) drew a leadoff walk off Falcon reliever Tony Landi. Pinch runner Chase Ridder (Lake Stevens, Wash.) advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sheldon Stober (Kent, Wash.) and came around to score on a double by Sutton.
Andreychuk followed with a triple to deep left-center field, driving in pinch runner Cameron Sterne (Shoreline, Wash.), Carpenter followed with an infield single, and Denney laced a single up the middle that drove in Andreychuk. Murphy earned his second RBI of the day with a single through the right side of the infield, scoring Carpenter.
In the eighth inning, the Redhawks again loaded the bases, as Dalton Hurd (Bend, Ore.) was hit by a pitch, Jack Reisinger (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) singled to left field, and Stober reached on a fielder’s choice in which Hurd was able to stay at third base after a Falcon error. Sterne hit the first pitch he saw up the middle, driving in Hurd and Reisinger.
Zach Wolf (Dana Hills, Calif.) came on in relief of Meservey in the seventh inning and allowed three hits in two innings, but picked up two strikeouts. Ryan Freitas (Concord, Calif.) pitched the ninth inning, allowing the first two Falcon batters to reach base before earning a groundout and two strikeouts to preserve the shutout.
Seattle U finished with 10 hits by nine different batters, as Denney was the only Redhawk to pick up more than one hit in the game. The Redhawks finished the weekend outscoring the Falcons 26-3, collecting 44 hits while allowing just 17 hits from Bowling Green.
Seattle University (5-3) is scheduled to travel south to face the Portland Pilots Tuesday, March 1, in a 4 p.m. contest. The Redhawks return to Bannerwood Park next weekend for a four-game series against Oakland University, starting Friday, March 4, at 5 p.m.