Behind a stellar pitching performance by Nick Meservey (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and late offense, Seattle University clinched the season series over Minnesota with a 4-1 victory Monday afternoon in a non-conference collegiate baseball game at Bannerwood Park.
Meservey allowed just three hits and one walk in 7 1/3 innings of work, striking out six Gopher batters. He retired 15 of the final 17 hitters he faced before a 23-minute rain delay in the top of the eighth inning, throwing 91 pitches in the game, including 56 pitches for strikes.
“Nick was really good, probably the best efficiency he has had on the mound,” Seattle U head coach Donny Harrel said. “Our offense grinded it out today after not getting anything early on. This is a huge series win for us and our conference.”
Seattle U created scoring chances in the first two innings, initially in the first inning after back-to-back singles by Michael McCann (Vancouver, Wash.) and Sheldon Stober (Kent, Wash.), and again in the second inning thanks to a leadoff single by Griffin Andreychuk (Nanaimo, B.C.). In both cases, Minnesota starter Tyler Hanson was able to work his way out of trouble without allowing any runs.
Hanson retired 13 straight Redhawk batters until McCann earned a one-out single in the sixth inning. On the first pitch of his at-bat, Stober launched a home run over the left field wall, his second home run of the season, to give Seattle U a 2-0 lead. Hanson settled down after giving up the long ball, striking out the next two batters to finish the inning.
Andreychuk led off the seventh inning by reaching base on an error, and then he stole second base. Jordan Jess came on in relief of Hanson, but he threw consecutive wild pitches that allowed Andreychuk to come around and score the third run of the game. Seattle U added another run in the eighth inning when McCann led off with a bunt single, stole second base, and came around to score on another Gopher error on a grounder hit by Brock Carpenter (Milton, Wash.).
After the rain delay in the top of the eighth, Connor Moore (West Richland, Wash.) came on in relief and gave up a single to put two runners on base before retiring the next two batters to leave those runners stranded. Moore allowed a run on two hits in the ninth inning, but he induced a groundout and a popout to end the Gopher scoring threat and pick up his second save in four days.
McCann led the Redhawks with a 3-for-4 performance with two runs scored, while Stober went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Connor Schaefbauer was the only Minnesota player with a multiple-hit game, going 2-for-3.
Seattle University (11-4) will look to complete the series sweep as the two teams play one more time Wednesday, March 16, at 5 p.m. at Bannerwood Park. Live stats and a live broadcast will be available on GoSeattleU.com.