BELLEVUE, Wash. – (Mar. 4) Seattle University baseball played a doubleheader against Sacred Heart at Bannerwood Park on Saturday, earning a split on the day. The Redhawks won the first game by a score of 6-3 before dropping the second, 12-5.
The Redhawks (3-7) broke a six-game skid with the first win, dating back to their first day of the season, a double header as well. The Pioneers (5-5) were coming off of a win on Thursday in the first game of the series.
“Our pitching isn’t where it needed to be. We’re not playing up to our standards,” said Head Coach Donny Harrel. “It’s disappointing based on the work we’ve put in.”
Nick Meservey took the mound for the Redhawks in the first game, still looking to get into a groove on the season. He gave up two runs in the first inning before settling down. He pitched four innings, giving up two runs while striking out three batters to earn the win.
“Nick wasn’t as aggressive as he needs to be,” Harrel said. “He’s not the same guy we know we have in that body.”
Griffin Andreychuk started the game with a single to left field and would later be driven in on a deep triple to right-center field by Aaron Stroosma to cut the lead to 2-1. Pioneers’ starter Brent Teller then balked, giving Stroosma a free plate to tie up the game. The Pioneers took a 3-2 lead in the second inning.
Curtis Perrin started off the bottom of the third with a double, then took third on a wild pitch. Sean Sutton followed that up by plating Perrin on a line-drive single up the middle of the field. The Redahwks would take their first lead of the game when Andreychuk hit a sacrifice fly, giving them a 4-3 lead. Another balk sent a run home and gave the Redhawks a two-run lead that they would not relinquish.
They went into the seventh and final inning up 6-3, with Zach Wolf remaining on the mound to close out the game. Wolf pitched the final three innings, giving up no runs and just two hits to earn his first save of the season.
Stroosma, Perrin, and Andreychuk finished with two hits a piece.
Nathan Bonck got the start in the second game, making his second start of the season. He got into some trouble in the second inning, getting two outs, but walking the bases loaded and giving up a grand slam to Austin Markmann to put the Redhawks in a 4-0 hole. Bonck only lasted two innings, giving up six runs, before being pulled with no outs in the third. Austin Hansen came on in relief, but the score would be 8-0 Pioneers before the inning was over.
“We had a lot of accolades to start the year, but maybe mentally (the players) thought it was going to be easier than it is,” Harrel said.
The Redhawk offense struggled for most of the game, not picking up their first hit until Andreychuk singled up the middle in the bottom of the sixth. He took advantage of a wild throw to first base and went all the way home to score the Redhawks first run of the game. Stroosma followed with an RBI-single to make the score 9-2. They were able to get some offense going in the ninth inning, finishing with five runs on seven hits.
“We have to get more unselfish and get back to playing as an underdog again,” Harrel said. “We’re just looking for a formula to get some things going. Something isn’t clicking so we need to find the right way to score some runs.”
Seattle U and Sacred Heart will conclude the four-game series on Sunday with a single game set to begin at noon at Bannerwood Park.