The Seattle University baseball squad squared off against the UC Davis Aggies twice Friday, splitting the doubleheader held at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Wash.
Game 1: UC Davis 7, Seattle U 4
The Redhawks started the doubleheader by dropping a 7-4 decision to UC Davis in the afternoon game. The teams traded runs in the first inning with the Aggies scoring on a single from Nick Lynch, while the Redhawks countered in the bottom half of the inning with a Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) sacrifice fly that plated center fielder Chase Fields (Ontario, Ore.).
The Aggies retook the lead in the top of the third with a Steven Patterson that brought home Paul Politi. UC Davis would add two more runs each in the top of the fourth and sixth innings, taking a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. In the seventh, Narby crushed a three-run home run that scored Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) and Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.) cut the UC Davis lead to two.
In the top of the eighth, however, the Aggies extended the back to three runs as Kevin Barker scored from second thanks on a John Williams single.
The Redhawks didn't go down easily, getting three straight outs in the top of the ninth to hold UC Davis at seven runs. In the bottom of the inning, SU put two men on thanks to singles from Fields and Roberts. Somers worked the count to 3-2 before striking out swinging at the next at bat, however, and then Narby popped up to short, putting catcher Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) at the plate with a chance to tie the game. It was not to be for the Redhawks, however, as Olson grounded out to short to end the first of two games on the night.
Aggies' starting pitcher Harry Stanwyck earned the win, going seven innings and allowing four runs while striking out two. Max Cordy earned the save for the Aggies, while Seattle U's starting pitcher Andrew Olson (Enumclaw, Wash.) took the loss after allowing four runs in 3.2 innings of work.
Game 2: Seattle U 10, UC Davis 9
The Redhawks bounced back from the earlier loss, winning the nightcap by a score of 10-9. They jumped out two a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Olson scored on a wild pitch by Aggies pitcher Spencer Koopermans. Two batters later, Nick Latta (Tacoma, Wash.) grounded out to first and allowed Grant Newton (Bend, Ore.) to advance home from third base. The Redhawks tacked one run on in the third inning when Olson brought home Somers with an RBI single through the left side of the infield.
UC Davis fought back in the fourth, reducing the Redhawks' lead to one run. Mike Mazzara scored on a single from Lynch, who later scored on a wild pitch from SU pitcher Garrett Anderson (Kennewick, Wash.).
Seattle U got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fifth when Fields, who led the inning off with a double down the left field line, reached home on a ground out from Somers.
The score held 4-2 in Seattle U's favor until the top of the seventh, where UC Davis scored five runs on five hits. With two runs in during the inning already, Politi singled up the middle and brought in two runs. Patterson would add one more in that inning thanks to a single to right center, scoring Mazzara.
The Redhawks salvaged one run in the bottom of the seventh as Fields reached first on a fielding error by UC Davis shortstop Evan Heptig. He stole second base on the next play, then crossed the plate when Roberts ripped a single down the left field line. The Aggies weren't done scoring, however, plating two in the top of the eighth on a Cameron Olson single.
The Redhawks fought back in the bottom of the eighth, loading the bases for Fields. Fields drew a walk, bringing in Brian Olson for the first SU run of the inning. After UC Davis brought in relief pitcher Zach Williams, Roberts reached first due to Aggies' second baseman Patterson dropping a popup, bringing in runs from Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) and Steve Kirbach (Kirkland, Wash.). One batter later, Somers doubled to center field, bringing in Roberts and Fields for the Redhawks' fifth run of the inning and giving SU a 10-9 lead. The Redhawks batted around the lineup in the eighth as Brian Olson grounded out to third and ended the inning.
The damage done in the eighth was enough for the SU, however, as closer Eric Yardley (Richland, Wash.) pitched the top of the ninth for the Redhawks. Yardley retired the side in order, clinching SU's seventh win of the season. Yardley earned the save, his third of the year, and Skyler Genger (Kent, Wash.) earned his second win of the season after pitching two innings and allowing just one run. Robert Parucha got the loss for UC Davis, allowing four runs - albiet only one earned run - in one inning of work.
The Redhawks and the Aggies will end the series Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m., again at Bannerwood Park. The time for Saturday's game has been delayed an hour, and the game between the two schools scheduled for Sunday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. will be cancelled if the game March 16 can be played and finished.