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Seattle University Baseball Earns 6-4 Victory Over Oregon
Courtesy: Seattle University  
Release:  03/14/2010
Riley Tompkins hit a two-run home run in the first inning of...
By Schmar James
The Seattle University baseball team salvaged one victory in the weekend series against Oregon, using early offense to take the lead and holding on for a 6-4 win over the Ducks Sunday afternoon at PK Park.

Oregon (12-6) made several mistakes during the afternoon, beginning in the first inning when a passed ball on a third strike allowed Josh Kalalau (University Place, Wash.) to reach first base. SeattleU took advantage of the miscue, as Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) tripled to right field to score Kalalau, and Riley Tompkins (Lynnwood, Wash.) followed with a two-run home run to right-center field to give the Redhawks a 3-0 lead.

The Ducks got one run back in the bottom of the first on doubles by Marcus Piazzisi and Eddie Rodriguez, but SeattleU extended its lead in the third inning, starting with a single by Kalalau. After a sacrifice bunt by Narby and a walk drawn by Tompkins, Mike Malland (Mukilteo, Wash.) dropped a bunt down towards the mound, and a throwing error by Duck starter Alex Keudell allowed Kalalau to score. A sacrifice fly to Steve Kirbach (Kirkland, Wash.) drove in Tompkins to extend the Redhawk advantage to 5-1.

After Oregon scored a single run in the bottom of the third, the offenses for both teams remained quiet until the bottom of the seventh inning, when a double by Mitch Karraker drove in J.J. Altobelli to bring the Ducks within two runs. Oregon came even closer in the eighth inning as Piazzisi reached on a SeattleU error, advanced to second on a balk, and scored on a single up the middle by Shawn Peterson.

Bryan Dalton (Vancouver, Wash.) came on in relief with two outs in the eighth inning, induced a groundout to end that threat, and then set down the Ducks in order in the ninth inning to pick up his second save of the season. Brian Shannon (Olympia, Wash.) earned the victory for the Redhawks, allowing six hits and three runs in seven innings of work with no walks and four strikeouts.

SeattleU picked up an insurance run in the ninth inning when Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) and Kalalau reached base on singles. Narby sent a ground ball to shortstop Danny Pulfer, who committed Oregon's third error of the game, allowing Hendrickson to score. The Redhawks had a chance to score more after Tompkins was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out, but Phil Parrish (Escalon, Calif.) lined out to right field and Kalalau was thrown out at home trying to score on the play.

Keudell earned the loss despite the fact than none of the five runs he gave up were earned, giving up six hits and three walks while striking out seven batters in 5 2/3 innings. Kalalau had two hits and scored twice for SeattleU, while Tompkins was walked three times after hitting the home run in the first inning.

Seattle University (3-11) begins a six-game homestand next Friday, March 19, with the first of four games against Cal State Northridge at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue beginning at 6 p.m. Live stats and live audio will be available on GoSeattleU.com.

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