Senior righthanded pitcher Eric Yardley (Richland, Wash.) has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com for his continued accomplishments as the baseball team’s closer as well as his leadership within the program throughout his collegiate career.
Yardley started last week with the longest relief outing and second-longest pitching outing overall of his collegiate career. Against #6 Oregon State, he went four innings, retiring the first 10 batters in order before giving up back-to-back singles. A groundout in the 13th inning put runners on second and third with two outs, but he struck out one of the Beavers’ best hitters to end the inning.
Sunday at San Jose State, he came on in the eighth inning with a runner on, but stranded the inherited runner. After retiring the first two Spartans in the ninth, he allowed back-to-back hits to once again deal with runners on second and third, but he was able to pick up the final out without any damage.
For the season, Yardley has appeared in 21 games out of the bullpen, posting a 0-2 record with a 2.39 earned run average and nine saves, second-most in the Western Athletic Conference and tied for 32nd in Division I. In 26 1/3 innings pitched, Yardley has struck out 18 batters while walking only two, and opponents are hitting only .206 against him.
"Eric has really been one of our role models for how we want to build this program. He does everything the way you ask and has truly gotten the scarlet and black into his blood stream. He TRULY is a Redhawk,” Seattle U head baseball coach Donny Harrel said. “Not only does he give us want we need on the field as our closer, but as a senior and even before that, Eric has dedicated himself to be the very best person, citizen, teammate, and student-athlete he could be. I feel fortunate to have coached him during our four years here at Seattle U."
In the classroom, Yardley is majoring in humanities for teaching and currently carries a 3.228 grade point average, including a 3.8 GPA during the recently-completed winter quarter. He has always been one of the team’s leading volunteers with organizations such as the Rotary Boys and Girls Club and the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. Last season, he received the first Cam Christian Most Inspirational Award for his contributions to the baseball program.
The Seattle University baseball team begins a five-game homestand Tuesday, April 30, with the first of two games against #11 Oregon beginning at 6 p.m. at Everett Memorial Stadium. The second game between the Redhawks and the Ducks will take place back at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue Wednesday, May 1, starting at 4 p.m., followed by a key WAC series between Seattle U and Sacramento State this weekend, May 3-5.
The Seattle University athletics department names a Featured Student-Athlete each Tuesday based on performances both in the classroom and in competition.