Seattle University’s offense did the early damage, and then the Redhawk pitching took over the rest of the way as Seattle U defeated Oakland University, 10-1, Friday afternoon in a non-conference collegiate baseball game at Bannerwood Park.
Dalton Hurd (Bend, Ore.) started the bottom of the first inning with a double to right-center field, and Michael McCann (Vancouver, Wash.) followed with his own double, this one to left field, that drove in Hurd. McCann advanced to third base on a sacrifice by Sheldon Stober (Kent, Wash.) and scored on a grounder by Sean Sutton (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) to increase the Redhawk lead to 2-0.
After retiring the Golden Grizzlies in order in the first inning, Seattle U starter Ted Hammond (Shoreline, Wash.) allowed Oakland to load the bases with one out in the second inning on a Redhawk error, a single, and a walk, but a flyout and a strikeout left all three runners stranded. In the third inning, Ben Hart drew a one-out walk, reached second on a Redhawk error, and came around to score on a single by Zach Sterry. After a double-steal that put two Oakland runners in scoring position with only one out, Hammond picked up a strikeout and a groundout to keep the Redhawks ahead, 2-1.
Stober led off the bottom of the third inning with a single, Griffin Andreychuk (Nanaimo, B.C.) drew a walk, and Brock Carpenter (Milton, Wash.) was ruled to have been hit by a pitch, a decision that Oakland head coach John Musachio disputed enough to be ejected from the game. Lucas Denney (Goldendale, Wash.) laced a 2-0 pitch into right-center field for a double, scoring both Stober and Andreychuk.
The Redhawks extended their lead in the fourth inning, starting when Hurd and McCann once again notched back-to-back doubles. Stober drove in McCann with a sacrifice fly, Sutton sent a single up the middle, Andreychuk was hit by a pitch, and Carpenter drove both runners in with a double down the left field line, ending the day for Oakland starter Jake Lee after he allowed eight hits, three walks, and eight runs in 3 2/3 innings of work.
Meanwhile, Hammond settled down, retiring nine of the last 10 batters he faced to pick up his second victory of the season. Jake Prizina (Sparks, Nev.) worked through potential trouble in each of the two innings he worked, inducing a double-play grounder in the seventh inning after allowing a leadoff walk and then striking out an Oakland batter with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning. Ky Dye (Everett, Wash.) allowed just a walk in a scoreless ninth inning.
“Our bats really came alive tonight, and it all started with Dalton’s double to lead off the game. We really controlled the strike zone and it was contagious. Ted did not have his best stuff, but it was good enough to win, and that is what good teams do,” Seattle U head coach Donny Harrel said.
The Redhawks completed the scoring with single runs in the fifth and seventh innings. McCann went 3-for-5 with three doubles, two runs scored, and two RBI, while Hurd collected three hits, two of them doubles, in four at-bats with two runs scored. The middle of Oakland’s lineup (Sterry, Ian Yetsko, Tyler Pagano) accounted for all five Golden Grizzly hits.
Seattle University (6-3) and Oakland University (3-6) are scheduled to play a doubleheader Saturday, March 5, with the first pitch of the first game now scheduled for 12 noon at Bannerwood Park to give as much time as possible to play the two games. Live stats only will be available on GoSeattleU.com.