Seattle University allowed fifth-ranked Washington to take the early lead, and the Huskies never let the Redhawks back into the game in Tuesday’s 6-0 victory in a non-conference collegiate baseball game at Husky Ballpark.
Seattle U starting pitcher Skyler Genger (Kent, Wash.) was not as effective as in his previous appearance against the Huskies, beginning when he hit leadoff batter Braden Bishop with his first pitch of the game. Bishop stole second, advanced to third on a bunt single by Andrew Ely, and scored on a single by Robert Pehl. After Brian Wolfe advanced both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, Trevor Mitsui laced a double into left-center field, scoring both Ely and Pehl to increase Washington’s lead to 3-0.
The Redhawks put together a two-out scoring threat in the second inning after Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) led off with a walk. Sam Finfer (Bellevue, Wash.) and Grant Newton (Bend, Ore.) notched back-to-back singles, but Olson was thrown out by Bishop at the plate trying to score, keeping the Huskies on top by three runs.
Washington (37-11-1) increased its lead in the third inning when Mitsui led off with his second double of the game and Austin Rei reached base on a Redhawk error. Jack Meggs was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and consecutive singles by Erik Forgione and Bishop drove in one run apiece to give the Huskies a 5-0 advantage.
Mitsui hit his third double of the game, this time to straightaway center field, to lead off the fourth inning, advanced to third on a flyout to center field, and scored on a single to left field by Kyle London, ending Genger’s outing after 3 2/3 innings. Andrew Olson (Enumclaw, Wash.) came on in relief and allowed just one hit in 3 1/3 innings of work, striking out three batters along the way. Mac Acker (Redmond, Wash.) retired the Huskies in order in the eighth inning.
Washington starting pitcher Trevor Dunlap allowed three hits and a walk in three innings with four strikeouts, while Brandon Choate also pitched three innings, giving up one hit and one walk as he earned his third win of the season. After Will Ballowe allowed one hit in the seventh inning, Troy Rallings went the rest of the way, but he did load the bases with two outs in the ninth inning before snaring a comebacker to close out the contest.
Finfer was the only Redhawk with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 in the contest, while Mitsui finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI for the Huskies. Despite the loss, Seattle U did win the season series over Washington, two games to one, the first season series victory against the Huskies since the 1979 season.
Seattle University (23-24, 11-10 WAC) plays its final four regular season games at home, starting with the beginning of a three-game WAC series against Bakersfield Thursday, May 15, at 6 p.m. It is Thrifty Thursday at Bannerwood Park, with all tickets going for $1 apiece at the gate beginning at 5 p.m.