PORTLAND - (Mar. 22) Errors plagued the Redhawks on Wednesday at Joe Etzel Field in Portland as the Pilots slipped past Seattle University baseball, 5-3.
Just two of Portland’s five runs were earned in the second meeting between the two squads in the past two days. Three others were aided by three of SU’s four errors on the day.
The Pilots (4-16) responded in the bottom of the inning with an unearned run to tie the score. Matt Kelly led off with a single, then advanced across the diamond on a failed pick off attempt by SU starter Nathan Bonck.
Bonck would get the next two batters to strike out swinging, but the next Pilot would single in Kelly from third for an unearned run before the inning would end on a fielder’s choice out two batters later.
Portland would add another unearned run in the second when two runs scored off of a would-be sacrifice bunt by Ryan Kim. But the ball was misplayed by Redhawk third baseman Jake Taylor, sending Cal Webb and Dutton Elske across home plate. Bonck would give up a bunt single to the next batter, but then induced Cody Hawken to ground into a double play to end the inning.
The Seattle U rookie settled in in the third and the fourth, retiring six straight Portland batters. Bonck was relieved by Austin Hansen in the fifth. Hansen fanned three and allowed just one hit in three innings.
The Redhawk offense, meanwhile, slowly rallied. A Taylor solo homer in the sixth cut the Pilot lead down to one, 3-2. Seattle U added an unearned run in the eighth as Griffin Andreychuk scored when Jack Reisinger reached on a bases loaded error by UP pitcher Connor Knutson.
Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth, Zach Wolf took over on the mound for SU. The eventual game-winner for Portland came off the bat of Kevin Wade, who doubled in Beau Brundage from second base. The Pilots would add an unearned insurance run on the next play when Mike Hicks reached on an error by Michael Ciancio at second, allowing Wade to score.
Aaron Stroosma led off the ninth with a double to right field. But the next three SU batters would go down in order as the Redhawks ended the day stranding 12 on base.
Stroosma finished the day with three hits while Lively had two.
Wolf took the loss while Portland reliever Marty Luckenbach earned his first win of the season.
Seattle returns to Bannerwood Park this weekend, opening Western Athletic Conference play against Chicago State. The three-day, three-game series is set to begin Friday at 5 p.m.