After losing the first game, 15-2, and falling behind in the second game, the Seattle University baseball team received two big hits in the late innings to earn a split of Sunday's doubleheader with Utah Valley by winning the nightcap, 9-7, at Bannerwood Stadium.
With Seattle U down 4-0 heading into the seventh inning, Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) and Riley Tompkins (Lynnwood, Wash.) led off with back-to-back singles, and Marcelino Morales (Pasco, Wash.) walked to load the bases. Trent Oleszczuk (Beaverton, Ore.) was hit by a pitch, forcing in Olson with the first run of the inning and prompting Utah Valley head coach Eric Madsen to bring on Craig Brimhall in relief of Taylor Mangum.
Brimhall struck out the first two Redhawk batters he faced and earned two strikes on Doug Kincaid (Portland, Ore.), but Kincaid was able to send a pitch over the right field wall for a grand slam that gave Seattle U its first lead of the day, 5-4. Eric Yardley (Richland, Wash.) came on in relief in the eighth inning and set down the Wolverines in order to keep Seattle U ahead heading into the bottom of the eighth.
Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) led off the eighth with a walk, but was caught stealing for the first out. Olson drew a walk and advanced to third on a single by Tompkins. Josh Swenson came on in relief, but he hit Morales to load the bases, and Oleszczuk was again hit by a pitch that forced in Olson. After a strikeout, Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) cleared the bases with a double to right field that extended the Redhawks' advantage to 9-4.
Utah Valley (1-2) fought back, as Sean Moysh singled and Billy Burgess followed with an infield single. Austin Heaps sent a ground ball to first base, but Tompkins's throw got away from Roberts, allowing Moysh to score and putting runners on second and third with no one out. Goose Kallunki's single to center field scored both Burgess and Heaps as the Wolverines closed their deficit to two. However, Blaine Jones (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) settled down and induced two groundouts and a flyout to end the game.
Grant Gunning (Snohomish, Wash.) picked up the victory after pitching two innings of one-hit relief to keep the Redhawks within striking distance. Bryan Dalton (Vancouver, Wash.) started the game for Seattle U, giving up seven hits, three walks, and four runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. Tompkins was the only Redhawk to post a multiple-hit game, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Burgess and Kallunki each went 3-for-5 for the Wolverines in the second game of the doubleheader, with Moysh contributing a 2-for-5 performance. Preston Olson started the game for Utah Valley, allowing three hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out three Redhawk batters.
In the first game, Utah Valley struck first in the second as Kallunki reached on an error and advanced to third on a double by Kai Hatch. Seattle U starter Garrett Anderson (Kennewick, Wash.) committed a balk to bring Kallunki home, and Hatch would score on a groundout from Willie Pratt. In the third inning, the Wolverines scored three times to increase their lead to 5-0.
Morales singled in the bottom of the third inning, advanced to third on a double by Oleszczuk, and scored on a groundout by Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.) to put the Redhawks on the board. However, the Wolverine offense kept smacking the ball around no matter which Seattle U pitcher was in the game, scoring three runs each in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, as well as a single run in the seventh.
Blake Krahenbuhl earned the victory as the Utah Valley starter, allowing four hits, two walks, and two runs in five innings of work. In his first collegiate start, Anderson pitched three innings, allowing five hits, two walks, and six runs, four of them earned, while he struck out five batters, but he suffered the loss.
Pratt led the Wolverines offensively by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI, while Moysh and Heaps each went 3-for-5. For the Redhawks, Morales went 2-for-2 with a run scored, and Somers drove in both Seattle U runs in the game.
Seattle University (2-1) is scheduled to face Washington at Husky Ballpark Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. before heading out for a three-game series at Sacramento State Feb. 24-26. The Redhawks will return home for the first contest of a three-game series against Nebraska Omaha Tuesday, Feb. 28, starting at 4 p.m. at Bannerwood Stadium.