In yet another offensive see-saw battle, Seattle University scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning, the last three with two outs, to pull out a 15-13 victory over Santa Clara Sunday afternoon in the final baseball game of a weekend series at Stephen Schott Stadium.
With Seattle U down 13-11 heading into the top of the ninth, Landon Cray (Chimacum, Wash.) led off with a single to right-center field, and Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) followed with a one-out single to center field. Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.) drove in Cray with a single up the middle to bring the Redhawks within one at 13-12.
Zach Aaker (Ravensdale, Wash.), without a hit in his first five at-bats, was able to send a single into left field, scoring Roberts to tie the game at 13-13. Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) put the Redhawks on top, 15-13, with a two-out, two-run double to left-center field that plated Somers and Aaker.
Eric Yardley (Richland, Wash.) hit Kert Woods with a pitch with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Yardley recovered by inducing back-to-back groundouts, including one from Greg Harisis, who had been 5-for-5 in his previous at bats, to earn the save and give Seattle U its first victory of the 2013 season.
The two teams picked up offensively where they left off Saturday, starting in the top of the first when Somers drew a two-out walk and scored on a double to left field by Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.). Santa Clara answered with two runs in the bottom of the first as Woods doubled, stole third base, and scored on a Redhawk error, and Justin Viele followed him home on an infield single by Harisis.
Seattle U tied the game at 2-2 in the second inning when Narby drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a groundout, and scored on a double to left field by Eric Koenig (Auburn, Wash.). In the third inning, Somers launched a shot over the right field wall for the Redhawks' first home run of the season to give Seattle U a 3-2 lead.
Santa Clara (2-1) retook the lead in the bottom of the third inning as Harisis led off with a single and Quinton Perry followed with a home run to right-center field. Matt Ozanne was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on a single by Drew Ozanne, and scored while his brother was caught in a rundown after attempting to steal second base, putting the Broncos ahead, 5-3.
Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) led off the fifth inning with a walk, and Roberts was hit by a pitch, the last one thrown by Bronco starter Peter Hendron. With one out, Olson laced a single to left field, scoring Hendrickson, and Narby followed with a two-out double to left field, driving in Roberts and Olson. Narby would score when relief pitcher Chris Heckert committed an error on a ball hit by Steve Kirbach (Kirkland, Wash.).
In the bottom of the fifth, Harisis led off with a bunt single, Perry followed with a single to left field, and both runners advanced 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by T.J. Braff. Matt Ozanne drove in both Broncos with a single to center field to tie the game at 7-7. Ozanne would steal second base, advance to third on a groundout, and score the go-ahead run thanks to a single to left field by his brother Drew Ozanne.
Seattle U reliever Evan Ewing (Spokane, Wash.) was lifted after committing an error on a ball hit by pinch hitter Zach Looney. Ben Ruff (Fife, Wash.) came on and immediately threw a wild pitch to allow Ozanne and Looney to advance, putting them in position to score on a two-run single by Woods, increasing the Bronco lead to 10-7.
Cray led off the top of the sixth inning with a single, and Roberts was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game. Somers followed with a single to drive in Cray, and Olson laced a single to left field that brought home Roberts to bring the Redhawks within one at 10-9 and chase Heckert from the game.
Kirbach reached base on an infield single to lead off the seventh inning, and Cray followed with a one-out walk. Both runners advanced on a Hendrickson groundout and scored on a single to left field by Roberts as the Redhawks pulled ahead, 11-10. However, Casey Munoz led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, advanced one base each on a sacrifice bunt and a groundout, and scored on a single to right-center field by Woods to tie the game at 11-11.
Harisis picked up his fifth single of the game to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. Perry hit a double to right field, and Harisis was able to come around and score the go-ahead run as he was running on the pitch. Although Perry was thrown out at home on a single by Peter Summerville, Santa Clara was able to add another run when pinch runner Max Deering came around to score on a single up the middle by Munoz.
Narby finished the game 4-for-5 with a walk, two doubles, two runs scored, and four runs driven in. Roberts went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI, Somers was also 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI, Olson also collected three hits during the afternoon, and Cray scored three runs on two hits and a walk.
Garrett Anderson (Kennewick, Wash.) picked up the victory for Seattle U, allowing two hits and one run in the eighth inning while he struck out two Bronco batters. D.J. Zapata took the loss for Santa Clara, allowing six hits and four runs in two innings of work. Harisis went 5-for-6 with three runs scored while Perry produced a 4-for-5 effort with a double, a home run, two runs scored, and three runs batted in.
Seattle University (1-2) opens the home portion of the schedule Tuesday, Feb. 19, against the University of Portland Pilots starting at 4 p.m. at Bannerwood Stadium in Bellevue. Dan Giuliani will broadcast the game live on GoSeattleU.com, starting with the pregame show at approximately 3:30 p.m.