Seattle University received another outstanding start from sophomore lefthander Tarik Skubal (Kingman, Ariz.), but the Redhawks could not generate any offense off UC Irvine’s pitching, and the Anteater offense came through late in the game for a 4-0 victory Friday night in a non-conference collegiate baseball game at Anteater Ballpark.
Skubal pitched seven innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out eight batters. After retiring the first seven Anteaters in order, he allowed a runner to advance into scoring position with less than two outs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, but he was able to work out of all three situations without a run scoring.
Grant Gunning (Snohomish, Wash.) came on in relief of Skubal in the eighth inning and walked Parker Coss, who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cole Kreuter. After a single by Keston Hiura, John Brontsema sent a single through the right side of the infield to drive in Coss, and then Mitchell Holland laid down a perfect bunt single that scored Hiura. With two outs, Adam Alcantara laced a double down the left field line, driving in both Brontsema and pinch runner Wyatt Castro.
The Redhawks could not get any offense going off UC Irvine starter Elliot Surrey, who gave up just two hits, both to Jeffrey Morgan (Auburn, Wash.) and three walks in eight innings while striking out five batters. Surrey retired 15 of the final 16 Redhawk hitters he faced before giving way to Ben Ritchey, who allowed a leadoff single to Dalton Hurd (Bend, Ore.) in the ninth inning before getting the next three outs to preserve the shutout.
Seattle University (11-6) continues the weekend series with UC Irvine Saturday, March 19, starting at 2 p.m. Links to live stats and live audio are available on the baseball schedule page of GoSeattleU.com.