The combination of timely hitting throughout the game and a strong pitching performance from both pitchers led to a series victory for Seattle University, as the Redhawks won their second game in three days over Long Beach State, 8-3, Sunday afternoon in a collegiate baseball game at Blair Field.
Seattle U starter Kyle Doyle (Covington, Wash.) retired the first five Long Beach State batters in order, but Jeff Yamaguchi broke through in the second inning with a single to right field, stole second base, and scored on a single to center field by Zack Rivera.
In the top of the fourth inning, Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) drew a one-out walk and Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) singled to center field. After both runners advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch, Grant Newton (Bend, Ore.) notched an infield single, scoring both Olson and a hustling Narby. Cash McGuire (Kent, Wash.) followed with a double to left field, and Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) drove in Newton on a groundout to second base.
The Redhawks increased their lead in the sixth inning when Narby led off with a triple down the left field line and scored on a single through the left side by Newton. Newton advanced to second on a McGuire sacrifice bunt and came around to score when Chase Fields (Ontario, Ore.) laced a single to center field, extending the Redhawk lead to 5-1.
Seattle U's offense did not let up in the seventh inning, receiving help from the Long Beach State bullpen as Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.), Narby, and Newton all drew walks to load the bases, and McGuire followed with a single to left field to drive in Somers and Narby. Hendrickson sent a single to left field, allowing Newton to come around and score to increase Seattle U's lead to 8-1.
Long Beach State (6-6) got two runs back in the bottom of the seventh inning when Yamaguchi singled with one out and scored on a double by Rivera. Rivera would come around to score on a single to center field by Alex DeGoti, cutting the Redhawk lead to 8-3.
Doyle enjoyed the longest outing of his collegiate career, going the first seven innings and allowing just five hits, two walks, and three runs while striking one batter out. Skyler Genger (Kent, Wash.) pitched the final two innings, giving up two hits and a walk but no runs to help the Redhawks win the weekend series.
Narby went 3-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored, while Newton finished the game 2-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored, and three runs batted in. McGuire added a 2-for-4 effort with two RBI as the Redhawks collected 12 hits in the game, the most since the final game of the opening series at Santa Clara.
Jon Maciel took the loss for the Dirtbags, allowing nine hits and five runs in six innings of work, but he did strike out eight Redhawk batters. Yamaguchi went 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored, and Rivera produced a 2-for-4 performance with a stolen base, a run scored, and two runs batted in.
Seattle University (3-9) is scheduled to make the short trip to Husky Ballpark for the first of four games this season against the University of Washington Tuesday, March 5, starting at 5 p.m. The Redhawks will then head south for a weekend series at the University of Portland March 8-10, before starting a five-game homestand Tuesday, March 12, against Saint Martin's at 4 p.m. at Bannerwood Stadium in Bellevue.