After taking an early lead, Seattle University baseball (21-11, 9-1 WAC) allowed Grand Canyon (15-17, 4-6 WAC) to come within one run, but powered through and exploded late in the game for a 10-3 win in the series opener.

The Redhawks scored three in their first time to bat, on a two-base hit from Sheldon Stober (Kent, Wash.) as well as an RBI single by Brock Carpenter (Milton, Wash.). SU extended their lead, 4-0, in the third on a groundout.

After Grand Canyon scored their first run in the fifth, the ‘Lopes Zach Malis hit a one-out two-run homer in the seventh to pull GCU within one, 4-3. The Redhawks were able to fend off the attack and plate two in the bottom of the frame on a Carpenter bases loaded walk and a Jack Reisinger (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) single to center field, adding four more in the eighth on four hits as Stober and Sean Sutton (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) hit a back-to- back double and home run, respectively.

Stober led Seattle U at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three runs and three RBI as SU outhit GCU, 10-7.

On the mound, Ted Hammond (Shoreline, Wash.) pitched seven innings in the victory, allowing just three runs on six hits while Zach Wolf (Dana Hills, Calif.) picked up his third save of the season.

Seattle U and Grand Canyon face in game two of the three-game series on Saturday at 2 p.m. before closing the series at noon on Sunday.

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