WELCOME HOME, FOR A DAY: Seattle University opens the home portion of the 2013 schedule Tuesday by hosting the Portland Pilots at Bannerwood Stadium in Bellevue. The Redhawks will then return to California, this time making the trek to San Luis Obispo to face the Cal Poly Mustangs in a three-game weekend series.
LAST WEEKEND: Seattle University opened the 2013 season at Santa Clara, and although the offense was mostly in top form, the defense and pitching failed the Redhawks numerous times, allowing the Broncos to win two of three games over Seattle U. Friday night, freshmen Cash McGuire and Landon Cray combined for the Redhawks' first run of the season, with Cray scoring the second run to put Seattle U ahead. However, the Redhawks' middle relief allowed Santa Clara to come back and establish a 7-2 advantage by the end of the seventh inning. Seattle U scored three times in the eighth and once in the ninth, but left runners on base in both innings as the Broncos held on, 7-6. Saturday, Seattle U committed eight errors, the most in a single game since the reestablishment of the program in 2010, helping Santa Clara put together a 16-11 victory. The Redhawks were ahead 8-4 halfway through the game, but Santa Clara put six runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth thanks in part to four Seattle U errors in that inning alone. Seattle U retook the lead in the top of the sixth inning with three runs, but Santa Clara struck back with two runs in the seventh and four runs in the eighth. Sunday's contest was another seesaw battle, as the fourth inning was the only one in which neither team scored at least one run. Down 13-11 heading into the ninth inning, the Redhawks scored four runs, three of them with two outs, to pull ahead, and Eric Yardley closed out the game to give Seattle U its first victory of the season, 15-13. The 32 runs scored by the Redhawks over the weekend were the second-most accumulated in a three-game series since Seattle U brought baseball back. Cray got his collegiate career off to a solid start, going 6-for-10 with seven runs scored, taking the conference lead in that category. Ryan Somers went 7-for-12 with six runs scored, a double, a home run, and seven runs batted in. Sean Narby went 5-for-10 with two doubles, including one in the ninth inning Sunday that drove in the game-winning run.
SCOUTING PORTLAND: The Pilots come into Tuesday's game with a 0-4 record after being swept by #5 Mississippi State in Starkville over the weekend. Portland could muster only three runs the entire weekend. As a team, the Pilots are hitting .167 to go along with a .971 fielding percentage and an 8.44 earned run average. Jeff Melby earned four hits in nine at-bats over the weekend, while Kramer Scott also collected four hits along with three walks and a stolen base. Portland leads the all-time series, 68-64, including winning two of three on the final weekend of the regular season last year. These teams are scheduled to meet five times overall this season, including a three-game series at Portland March 8-10 and a single game back at Bannerwood Stadium March 13.
SCOUTING CAL POLY: The Mustangs started the 2013 season with a three-game sweep at San Francisco over the weekend heading into a Monday contest at Santa Clara. As a team, Cal Poly has combined for a .330 batting average, a ,958 fielding percentage, and a 1.33 earned run average. In two games played, Chris Hoo is 5-for-8 with two doubles, a home run, and eight runs batted in. Denver Chavez and David Armendariz each earned six hits over the weekend. All three starters went at least six innings for the Mustangs, with Matt Imhof allowing just five hits in eight innings of work during his turn on the mound. These will be the first games ever between Seattle U and Cal Poly on the baseball field.
WEATHER FORECAST: Tuesday in Bellevue should be fine, with temperatures in the high 40s through most of the game. Over the weekend, San Luis Obispo will see mainly clear skies with temperatures in the high 50s to low 60s. The wind will be a factor, coming from the northwest at 15-20 miles per hour.