BELLEVUE, Wash. - (Feb. 18) Seattle U baseball (2-1) took the field feeling good after a pair of opening-day wins, but were unable to get their offense going, dropping the third game of the series to SIUE (1-2), 6-0, Saturday at Bannerwood Park.
Nick Meservey, reigning Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year made his season debut on the bump. After giving up a lead-off double, Meservey settled in and struck out the last two batters of the inning. Meservey would go on to pitch four innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five.
Zach Wolf relieved Meservey in the fifth. He got off to a rocky start, giving up a single and hitting the next batter to put runners on first and second with no outs. He would surrender one run on a sacrifice fly by Dustin Woodcock, putting the Redhawks in a 1-0 deficit.
Wolf was only able to make it through two outs before being pulled for lefty Tyler Oldenberg, who needed just one pitch to end the inning. Oldenberg pitched 3.1 innings, giving up three hits, but worked his way out of a few jams and not did not allow a run.
“We gave up too many free bases tonight,” said Head Coach Donny Harrel. “They beat us on freebies 13-5. If you give teams enough opportunities they’ll take advantage of it.”
Seattle U had trouble getting to SIUE starting pitcher Danny Ehrsam, amassing just two hits against him in six innings. Erhsam finished with four strikeouts and three walks, picking up the win. The Redhawks’ offense struggled to produce all game, getting only got three hits on the day. The closest they came to scoring was a deep flyout to left field by Aaron Stroosma that was caught on the warning track. They had their opportunities throughout the game, but couldn’t cash in, leaving seven runners on base.
“We were a little bit uncharacteristic with our hitting,” said Harrel. We got a little bit out of our norm as far as our offensive attack. I thought we were too anxious.”
Connor Moore came on in the ninth to keep it a one-run game, but would walk in a run to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead. After getting two outs, Moore gave up a grand slam to Layton Jackson, pushing the lead to 6-0.
Seattle U is scheduled to finish the four-game series at Bannerwood Park on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 11:00 a.m.