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Seattle U Baseball Wins Marathon Over BYU in 16 Innings, 3-2
Courtesy: Seattle University  
Release:  04/29/2010
Mike Malland drove in the winning run in Seattle U's 3-2 16-inning...
By Schmar James
Seattle University and Brigham Young University each had chances to end the game before the 16th inning, but the Redhawks finally broke through as Mike Malland (Mukilteo, Wash.) drove in Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) to give Seattle U a 3-2 victory over BYU Thursday afternoon at Bannerwood Park.

Roberts drew a four-pitch walk off Devin Brewer, who was replaced by Brandon Michon. Riley Tompkins (Lynnwood, Wash.) advanced Roberts to second with a sacrifice bunt, followed by a walk to pinch hitter Josh Kutz (Seattle, Wash.). David McKnight came on in relief of Michon, but he proceeded to walk Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) to load the bases before Malland laced the first pitch he saw into right field to end the game.

The pitching was the story for Seattle U, as four pitchers combined to hold a BYU team averaging seven runs per game to two runs in 16 innings. Brandon Kizer (Marysville, Wash.) started for the Redhawks, allowing seven hits, one walk, and two runs in 8 2/3 innings with two strikeouts. After giving up a two-out double to Austin Hall on his 116th pitch, Kizer was replaced by Max Whieldon (Trabuco Hills, Calif.), who pitched 2 1/3 innings without giving up a hit.

Joey Pulitano (Lake Stevens, Wash.) came on in the 12th inning and posted his best performance of the season, allowing just three hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings while striking out two batters. After a walk and a single with two outs in the 14th inning, Bryan Dalton (Vancouver, Wash.) relieved Pulitano, ended the Cougar rally, and gave up just one hit in 2 1/3 innings to earn the victory in his first outing since March 23 as he was recovering from a foot injury.

Both teams had chances to score in the 13th inning. In the top of the frame, Brandon Relf led off with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. After Alex Wolfe walked, Pulitano forced Sean McNaughton to foul out to Tompkins and then struck out Ryan Bernal to end the threat.

With one out in the bottom of the 13th inning, Bryndon Ecklund (Elma, Wash.) and Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) posted back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third. Roberts grounded to first baseman Wolfe, who threw out Ecklund at home, and Tompkins' foul ball was caught by Hall as he reached over the fence to make the catch and end the inning.

In the 15th inning, Brewer got the first two outs before Ecklund doubled to left-center field. Hendrickson laced a single to right field, but Jonathan Cluff's throw to Bryce Ayoso was on the mark, cutting down Ecklund in his attempt to score the winning run. Ecklund and Hendrickson each finished the game 2-for-7, the only two players to notch multiple-hit games for Seattle U.

Seattle U jumped on the board first in the second inning when Roberts was hit by a pitch, stole second base, and scored on a single to center field by Josh Kalalau (University Place, Wash.). BYU answered in the third inning as Dane Nielsen led off with a single, advanced to third base on a single by Ayoso, and scored when Wolfe singled up the middle. Kizer committed a balk to advance Wolfe and Ayoso to second and third base, but a groundout by McNaughton ended the scoring chance.

In the bottom of the fifth, Narby led off with a single and advanced to third when a pickoff attempt by Matthew Neil got away from Wolfe. After Steve Kirbach (Kirkland, Wash.) walked, Doug Buser (Orinda, Calif.) drove in Narby with a single to left-center field. An error by Hall allowed the Redhawks to load the bases, but Neil induced a popup and a strikeout to keep the Cougars within one.

BYU (18-21) tied the game in the seventh inning as Cluff singled to left field and Hall laid down a beautiful bunt to earn an infield single and put two runners on with no one out. Nielsen's sacrifice bunt advanced them 90 feet, and a fly ball by Stephen Wells was enough to score Cluff and tie the game, 2-2.

Neil pitched the first six innings for BYU, allowing four hits, three walks, and two earned runs while striking out two batters. Justin Shutt and Kevin Sloan combined to throw five hitless innings, followed by two innings of work from Chris Capper, who gave up three hits during his time on the mount. The bottom of the BYU lineup (Hall, Nielsen, Wells) combined to go 7-for-17 with a walk, a run scored, and a run batted in.

Seattle University (6-28) will face BYU in a rematch Friday, April 30, beginning at 2 p.m. at Bannerwood Park. The Redhawks will then welcome the University of Portland for a two-game series, starting with a game Friday night at 6 p.m. Live stats and live audio will be available for both games on GoSeattleU.com.

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