ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Compared to earlier trips to Louisiana and Texas, this week’s road excursions are short. First, Seattle U heads to Husky Ballpark one more time for the fourth and final game this season against the University of Washington. The home of the Huskies is scheduled to be significantly remodeled before the start of the 2014 campaign. Thursday, the Redhawks will head to Bakersfield, Calif., for their final WAC road series of the year against the league-leading CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners. Seattle U is a half-game ahead of San Jose State for eighth place, the final qualifying spot for the WAC Tournament.
LAST WEEK: Seattle University went 2-3 over the past week, splitting a midweek series with #11 Oregon and winning one game over the weekend over Sacramento State. After dropping the first game of the week to the Ducks at Everett Memorial Stadium, 12-7, Seattle U returned to Bannerwood Park and picked up a 3-2 victory over Oregon Wednesday. The bullpen of Andrew Olson, Ben Ruff, Will Dennis, and Eric Yardley combined for 6 2/3 innings of three-hit relief without giving up any runs, with Yardley pitching the final inning for his 10th save of the season. Seattle U scored one run in the first inning of all three games against Sacramento State, but the Hornets came back in the first two. Two big innings Friday led to a 7-1 victory, and Saturday’s game was won by an eighth-inning home run from the Hornets, 6-4. Sunday, Seattle U pulled out to a seven-run lead and held on for the 10-7 win. Landon Cray went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI to lead the Redhawks. Andrew Olson won his fifth straight decision after pitching 6 1/3 innings and giving up just one earned run.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON: The Huskies come into Tuesday’s game with a 16-29 overall record. Since losing to the Redhawks three weeks ago, Washington has posted a 7-4 record, winning series over Oregon State, Gonzaga, and Arizona. As a team, the Huskies have combined for a .271 batting average, a .975 fielding percentage, and a 3.82 earned run average. Michael Camporeale is batting .319 with seven doubles, five home runs, and 23 runs batted in. Andrew Ely is also batting .319 with 51 hits, while Jayce Ray is hitting .318 with 56 hits, including eight doubles and four triples, plus he has scored 30 runs and driven in 27 runs. Robert Pehl leads the Huskies with 12 doubles this season. Washington won the first two meetings over Seattle U: 4-2 at Husky Ballpark March 5 and 14-1 at Bannerwood Park April 2. Seattle U returned to Husky Ballpark April 16 and earned a 10-4 victory.
SCOUTING CSU BAKERSFIELD: The Roadrunners are currently 31-18 overall and 14-7 within the Western Athletic Conference, at the top of the league standings. CSU Bakersfield just won two of three games over Louisiana Tech last weekend. As a team, CSU Bakersfield has compiled a .289 batting average, a .973 fielding percentage, and a 3.16 earned run average. At the plate, Tyler Shryock leads the team with a .356 batting average, collecting 72 hits, including 10 doubles and two triples. Cael Brockmeyer is batting .340 with four home runs and 46 RBI. Oscar Sanay brings a .333 batting average into the weekend with 12 doubles, five triples, one home run, and 35 RBI. On the mound, Friday starter Jeff McKenzie is 11-1 with a 1.90 earned run average, earning four complete game shutouts so far this season. Saturday starter Scott Brattvet is 7-1 with a 2.57 earned run average and two complete games. Dylan Christensen and Taylor Aikenhead each have five saves and a 2.74 ERA. These will be the first meetins ever between Seattle U and CSU Bakersfield.
WEATHER FORECAST: The forecast for Tuesday at Husky Ballpark is for clear skies with temperatures in the 70s at the start, but dipping into the 60s as the sun goes down. It is forecast to be warm in Bakersfield over the weekend, with nighttime temperatures in the 60s and 70s Friday and Saturday before rising into the 90s Sunday afternoon.
AROUND THE WAC: Texas State and UT Arlington, the teams tied for second place, face each other next weekend. Also, Sacramento State hosts San Jose State, New Mexico State heads to UTSA, and Louisiana Tech travels west to face Dallas Baptist. Six of the 10 WAC teams will play midweek games this week.
WAC LEADERS: In all games, Nate Roberts is eighth in the WAC in runs batted in with 41, tied for eighth in doubles with 13, and tied for eighth in times hit by a pitch with 10. Ryan Somers is tied for third in the league with 34 walks, and Chase Fields is tied for third in stolen bases with 12 and tied for fourth in times hit by a pitch with 12. On the mound, Andrew Olson is tied for sixth in wins with six and ninth in earned run average with a 3.71 ERA. Eric Yardley is second in the league in saves with 10, while Will Dennis is tied for second in appearances with 29, with Evan Ewing tied for fifth with 26 appearances. In WAC games only, Roberts is second in RBI with 26 and tied for fourth in home runs with five, while Olson is second in ERA at 1.82.