PACIFIC NORTHWEST RIVALRIES: This week, Seattle University continues a stretch of seven consecutive road games with a single game at Washington Tuesday, followed by a three-game weekend series at Portland. This starts a string of six consecutive games against Pacific Northwest rivals for the Redhawks. Seattle U is coming off a weekend series victory at Long Beach State, a team picked to finish third in the always-competitive Big West Conference.
LAST WEEK: The week for Seattle University started with back-to-back losses to BYU at Bannerwood Stadium. In Tuesday's game, the Redhawks took an early 2-0 lead, but BYU scored one run in the sixth and four runs in the seventh to earn the win. BYU jumped on top in the first inning of Wednesday's game and did not let up, finishing with 10 runs while holding the Redhawks scoreless on just five hits. Seattle U headed to California for the third straight weekend, this time taking on Long Beach State in a three-game series. The Redhawks fell behind early, 3-1, but a two-run double by Sean Narby in the seventh inning pulled Seattle U ahead, 4-3. After Long Beach State tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, Grant Newton hit a leadoff home run in the eighth inning, and Eric Yardley retired five straight Long Beach State batters to help the Redhawks win, 5-4. Saturday, Long Beach State scored once in the eighth and twice in the ninth for a 4-3 comeback victory. Sunday, the Redhawks put together 12 hits, including three by Narby and two from Newton, and Kyle Doyle pitched seven strong innings to give Seattle U the 8-3 victory and the series win.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON: The Huskies enter Tuesday's game with a 3-8 overall record after losing two of three games to nationally-ranked Cal Poly over the weekend. Washington also went 1-3 against both UC Davis and Lamar on the road earlier this year. As a team, the Huskies have combined for a .242 batting average, a .979 fielding percentage, and a 4.55 earned run average. Robert Pehl leads the team with a .359 batting average, five doubles, one home run, seven RBI, and two stolen bases. Jayce Ray is right behind him with a .357 batting average, earning 15 hits and nine runs scored. Coming out of the bullpen, Tyler Kane has picked up two saves so far this season, while Zach Wright leads the team with six overall appearances. This will be the 117th meeting between the crosstown rivals, with Washington leading, 63-53.
SCOUTING PORTLAND: The Pilots enter the week with a 3-10 overall record after losing three of four to nationally-ranked UC Irvine over the weekend. Portland hosts Oregon State Tuesday before welcoming the Redhawks for the weekend. As a team, the Pilots have combined for a .231 batting average, a .977 fielding percentage, and a 5.56 earned run average. Caleb Whalen leads the team with a .316 batting average, including two triples, and three stolen bases, while Cody Lenahan is batting .295 with a team-high six runs batted in. Portland won the first meeting between the two teams this season, 6-4.
WEATHER FORECAST: Tuesday's forecast calls for overcast skies with a 60% chance of showers and temperatures in the high 40s. The forecast for the weekend looks good, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 50s. Sunday might be more cloudy than the other two days, but there is only a 20% chance of precipitation.