Seattle University (12-9, 1-0 WAC) scored early and powered to a 10-4 lead over CSU Bakersfield (5-16, 0-1 WAC) in the teams’ Western Athletic Conference opener, a rematch weekend from last season’s WAC tournament title games.

The Redhawks scored two early runs in the bottom of the second on back-to-back hits before the ‘Runners cut the SU lead in half, 2-1, in the top of the fourth on a Cody White RBI double.

SU was able to keep CSUB at bay in the bottom of the frame, adding six runs to take a 8-1 lead, all six runs scored with two  outs on a trio of two-RBI singles by Sean Sutton (Couer d’Alene, Idaho), Brock Carpenter (Milton, Wash.), and Jeffrey Morgan (Auburn, Wash.). The Redhawks extended their lead, 10-1, on the first two batters of the sixth as Carpenter drove home Griffin Andreychuk (Nanaimo, B.C., Canada), who had reached on a double, on a two-RBI home run to left field.

Bakersfield was able to tack on three runs in the top of the ninth on a pair of sacrifice flies and an Andrew Hansen RBI double but SU got the crucial outs to earn a significant win.

Tarik Skubal (Kingman, Ariz.) improved to 5-0 this season on the mound for SU in six innings pitched while AJ Monarrez suffered the loss for the ‘Runners.

Carpenter led the Redhawks at the plate (2-for-3) with three runs and four RBI as SU outhit CSUB, 11-7.

Game two of the series between the two teams on Friday has been moved up to 3 p.m. at Bannerwood Park.

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