Seattle University gained momentum heading into this week’s WAC Tournament, defeating Washington State, 4-3, Monday afternoon in a non-conference collegiate baseball game at Bannerwood Park.
“We knew we needed some momentum going into the tournament, and it was a great opportunity to play a Pac-12 opponent the caliber of Washington State in order to get us going,” Seattle U head coach Donny Harrel said. “We had really good pitching, and everyone answered the call today.”
Griffin Andreychuk (Nanaimo, B.C.) led off the bottom of the third inning with a single, Landon Cray (Chimacum, Wash.) followed with a one-out single, and Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) drew a walk to load the bases. Washington State starter Sean Hartnett threw a pitch that eluded catcher Collin Slaybaugh, allowing Andreychuk to score the first run of the game.
Michael McCann (Vancouver, Wash.) lifted a fly ball to left field, driving in Cray, who had advanced to third on the wild pitch. Brock Carpenter (Milton, Wash.) sent a single into center field, scoring Olson to give the Redhawks a 3-0 advantage.
Washington State (23-28) responded in the top of the fourth inning as Ben Roberts led off with a single up the middle and advanced to third on a one-out double by Ian Sagdal. Patrick McGrath drove in both runs with a single to left-center field, but Seattle U reliever Andrew Olson (Enumclaw, Wash.) retired the final two Cougar batters of the inning to keep Seattle U ahead.
Andreychuk drew a two-out walk off Cougar reliever Sam Triece and advanced to third on a double by Chase Fields (Ontario, Ore.). Triece was called for a balk, scoring Andreychuk to extend the Redhawk lead to two runs. However, that would be the final scoring opportunity for Seattle U, as the Cougar bullpen shut down the Redhawk offense over the final four innings.
Andrew Olson settled down, not allowing a hit in the fifth and sixth innings before giving up consecutive doubles to Trace Tam Sing and Slaybaugh to lead off the seventh inning. However, Tam Sing broke from second base late on Slaybaugh’s double and could only reach third base. Will Dennis (Saratoga, Calif.) came on in relief and induced a popout and back-to-back groundouts to first base, keeping the Cougar runners from scoring.
Garrett Anderson (Kennewick, Wash.) retired the Cougars in order in the eighth inning, including two strikeouts, and picked up the first out of the ninth before allowing consecutive singles to Tam Sing and Slaybaugh. Mac Acker (Redmond, Wash.) came on to pitch and gave up a flyout to Cameron Frost that scored Tam Sing, but he closed out the game with a strikeout for his second save of the season.
The Cougars collected more hits than the Redhawks, 9-7, led by a three-hit performance from Slaybaugh. However, Washington State stranded nine runners on base as Seattle U held on for its third victory of the season over a Pac-12 program.
Seattle University (26-25) heads to Mesa, Ariz., for the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament, taking place May 21-15 at Cubs Park. The Redhawks, the fifth seed, open the double elimination tournament against fourth seed Bakersfield Wednesday, May 21, at 3 p.m. Live stats and live audio will be available for free on GoSeattleU.com, while a live video stream is also available for a small subscription fee on WACSports.tv.