STOCKTON, Calif. - (Mar. 10) Two innings were costly for Seattle University baseball in its series opener against Pacific Friday at Klein Family Field in Stockton, Calif. The Tigers scored eight times in the fourth and five times in the fifth, sending the Redhawks to a 13-4 setback in the first of four games this weekend.
Seattle U (5-8) got a solid start from starter Janson Junk as the junior right hander fanned four and allowed just one hit through three complete innings.
But in the home half of the fourth, things began to unravel. Junk hit Pacific’s leadoff Ryan Schalch, then walked Matt Tarantino to put runners on first and second. James Free singled through the right side to send Schalch across home plate.
Following the earned run, the Redhawk defense committed three errors that extended the inning and, when all was said and done, the Tigers had scored eight runs to take a commanding 8-1 lead.
But the Tigers (6-6) went big again in the eighth, scoring five runs on four hits and one SU error.
Junk (1-3) took the loss for the Redhawks. Despite recording five strikeouts in 3.1 innings, he also gave up four walks, hit a pair of batters and surrendered four hits for seven runs, four of which were earned.
Reliever Tyler Oldenberg held the Tigers in check for 3.2 innings, allowing just one hint and one unearned run. But Austin Hansen would give up two walks, three hits and five runs (four earned) while recorded just one out.
The Redhawks finished with a 10-9 hit advantage, including three by Hurd and two off the bat of Stroosma.
Ryan Shreve (1-0) earned the win for Pacific while Ryan Robards and Keaton Glover had two hits apiece.
The four-game set continues Saturday in Stockton with a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.