Seattle U Baseball Defeats BYU in Dramatic Fashion Before Loss to Portland
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The Seattle University baseball team scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat BYU for the second straight day, 8-7, but after taking an early lead in their second game of the day, the Redhawks could not stop the University of Portland offense, as the Pilots earned a 16-9 victory Friday night at Bannerwood Park.

Josh Kalalau (University Place, Wash.) led off the inning by reaching on a BYU error and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Back-to-back walks drawn by Riley Tompkins (Lynnwood, Wash.) and Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) loaded the bases and forced the Cougars to bring in Justin Shutt.

Josh Kutz (Seattle, Wash.) laced a single through the left side to score Kalalau. Phil Parrish (Escalon, Calif.) sent a shot up the middle for a single, scoring both Tompkins and Roberts to tie the game at 7-7. Doug Buser (Orinda, Calif.) followed with a single down the left field line, bringing in pinch runner Steve Kirbach (Kirkland, Wash.) with the winning run to clinch Seattle U's first back-to-back victories of the season.

Seattle U jumped on the board first, starting with a single by Buser and a fielder's choice from Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) in which a throwing error allowed Buser to reach third base. Kalalau followed with an infield single that scored Buser, and, after Tompkins drew a walk, Roberts sent a shot to right field for a single that drove in Hendrickson and Kalalau.

BYU (18-22) responded with two runs in the second inning, but Seattle U added another tally in the third as Tompkins singled, advanced to second when Roberts was hit by a pitch, and scored on a single to left field by Kutz. The Cougars scored a run in the fourth inning and took the lead in the fifth inning thanks to a two-run home run to left field by Sean McNaughton. BYU would add single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to extend its lead to three at 7-4.

Parrish came on in relief in the top of the ninth inning, retired the only batter he faced on a lineout, and ended up with his first victory of the season. Conor Spink (Eagle River, Alaska) started the game for the Redhawks, allowing ten hits and five runs in five innings, while Eric Yardley (Richland, Wash.) pitched the next 3 2/3 innings, giving up three hits, a walk, and two runs. Nick Sours (San Carlos, Calif.) threw six straight balls before being replaced by Parrish.

Shutt took the loss for BYU after allowing three hits and one run without getting anyone out. Mark Anderson started the game for the Cougars, allowing eight hits, four walks, and four runs in six innings. Chunner Nyberg pitched 2 1/3 innings with two hits, two walks, and three runs allowed, including the runs that tied the game in the ninth inning.

Portland (28-9) started the night game with two runs in the top of the first inning, but Seattle U responded, beginning with a double by Buser and a single from Hendrickson. Buser would score on a single by Kalalau, and Tompkins would draw a walk to load the bases. Everyone advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch by Zach Varce, with Hendrickson scoring, and Kalalau would head to the plate for the third run of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Parrish.

The Pilots took the lead for good in the sixth inning with four runs, including a three-run home run to left field by Matt Mardesich. Seattle U loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth and earned a run on a bases-loaded walk by Buser, but reliever Ed Wakefield induced a flyout by Hendrickson, leaving the bases loaded.

Portland took advantage of three Seattle U errors in the seventh inning, scoring six times to pull away with a 12-4 advantage. In the eighth inning, the Pilots scored four times without the benefit of a hit thanks to six walks, a hit batter, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly. The Redhawks would score twice in the eighth inning and three times in the ninth, but those were not enough.

Varce pitched only 3 2/3 innings before leaving the game with an apparent injury, and J.R. Bunda came along in relief for the next two innings, allowing two hits, two walks, and one earned run in picking up his first victory of the season. Arlo Evasick (Port Ludlow, Wash.) suffered the loss for the Redhawks, giving up 11 hits and 11 runs in 6 1/3 innings of work.

Roberts finished 5-for-8 in the two games with two runs scored and two runs batted in, while Buser went 4-for-10 with two runs scored and three runs batted in at the plate coupled with 13 putouts during the game against Portland. Kalalau, Tompkins, Kutz, and Parrish each picked up two hits during the afternoon contest against BYU.

Seattle University (7-29) will conclude the weekend with one more game against Portland Saturday, May 1, starting at approximately 2 p.m., after the Pilots face BYU in a neutral-site game at Bannerwood Park beginning at 11 a.m. Live stats will be available for both games while live audio will be available for the 2 p.m. game on

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