The Seattle University baseball team looks to bounce back after a tough week by taking advantage of a five-game homestand this week at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.
The Redhawks begin the week by welcoming its Division I neighbor from Montlake, the Washington Huskies, for a 6 p.m. contest Tuesday, April 8. This will be the 120th meeting all-time between the two Seattle schools, with Washington holding a 71-48 series advantage, including a 9-4 series edge since the Redhawks resumed the baseball program in 2010.
The Huskies, ranked in the top 15 in the national polls, come into Tuesday’s game with a 22-6-1 overall record, including a 10-2 record within the Pac-12 Conference after taking two of three from Oregon over the weekend. Andrew Ely leads the team with a .373 batting average and 38 hits, which includes six doubles, two triples, and two home runs, plus he has driven in 21 runs and laid down 15 sacrifice bunts. Brian Wolfe is batting .370 with a team-high four home runs and 22 RBI, while Robert Pehl is batting .318 with 11 doubles, three home runs, and 20 RBI. Out of the bullpen, Troy Rallings has made a team-high 16 appearances, posting a 3-0 record with a 1.71 ERA, four saves, and 21 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings pitched.
On Wednesday, April 9, Seattle U hosts Concordia University in a 4 p.m. start. The Cavaliers are 19-16 overall after being swept in a four-game series at Lewis-Clark State, one of the perennial NAIA powers currently ranked third nationally. Cole Pittman leads the team with a .325 batting average and three home runs, plus he has driven in 22 runs. Blake Evetts is right behind him with a .324 batting average and 21 runs batted in. Evetts also leads the team with 14 pitching appearances, posting a 2-2 record with a 5.18 earned run average and a team-high four saves.
Over the weekend, the Redhawks welcome Northern Colorado, a newcomer to WAC baseball, for a three-game series April 11-13. The Bears are 0-9 in conference play after being swept by New Mexico State last weekend and bring a 5-26 overall record into a midweek game against Air Force Wednesday afternoon. Jake Ekman leads the team offensively with a .330 batting average, with Brandon Vaughn leading the Bears with nine doubles and seven stolen bases and Ben Netzel on top within the team with two home runs and 15 runs batted in. Dan Talley leads the team with three saves, while Chris Hammer has collected 41 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings on the mound.
Seattle U is 11-15 overall and 3-3 within the Western Athletic Conference after being swept by conference leader Sacramento State last weekend. The Redhawks failed to capitalize on its opportunities both Saturday and Sunday, losing both games by identical 4-3 scores, with Saturday’s game going 15 innings. Landon Cray continues to lead the team in batting average at .361, with Brian Olson hitting .343 with nine doubles and 23 runs batted in.
Live stats for all five games at Bannerwood Park will be available on GoSeattleU.com. All tickets for the Washington game will cost $10 and will be available at the entrance to Bannerwood Park starting 60 minutes before first pitch. For the other four games, chairback seats cost $10, while general admission seating is $7 for adults and $5 for children 3-17 and senior citizens 62 and older. For further ticket information, call 206-398-GOSU (4678).