BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - (May 14) Seattle U baseball's offense came alive on Sunday, collecting 18 hits for nine runs in a 9-6 win at CSU Bakersfield to cap a three-game Western Athletic Conference Series at Hardt Field.
The Redhawks (18-30-1, 7-14 WAC) put up a big six-run second inning, added three more solo run innings and survived a late rally by the ‘Runners (28-20, 13-8 WAC) in the bottom of the ninth.
Tyler Oldenberg improved to 4-1 in just his second start of the season. The sophomore southpaw fanned three, walked one and allowed seven hits for four runs (two earned) in five complete innings. Austin Hansen tossed three scoreless innings and Janson Junk closed out an exciting ninth.
The ‘Runners ran through five pitchers, but most of the damage was already done but he time starter Andrew Hansen was relieved after 1.2 innings.
The big inning saw seven Redhawks collect hits and bat all the way through the lineup. Kyler Murphy, Cameron Sterne, Aaron Stroosma and Sean Sutton each tallied an RBI-single while Austin Lively drove in two runs on a double to right center. The rookie finished the day with three hits and two runs scored.
CSUB got on the board with an unearned run in the bottom of the second. The home team would also score twice in the fourth and once in the fifth while SU added single runs in the third, fifth and eighth to hold a comfortable 9-4 lead headed into the ninth.
But the ‘Runners would make things interesting. With Junk in to close out the game, CSUB used a walk, fielder's choice and a single to get runners in the corners. A stolen base then put both runners in scoring position for Mahlik Jones who sent a double into right field to score two.
Ryan Grotjohn then reached on a single to third and advanced to second on a throwing error by Lively, one that also allowed Jones to scamper to third. The second drawn walk of the inning put the potential winning run at the plate, but Junk would get Sergio Robles to pop up to left field for the final out.
Joining Lively with three hits on the day was Dalton Hurd, while five Redhawks finished with two hits each. Griffin Andreychuk led off the sixth inning with a single into left field, marking his 212th career hit and tying Brian Olson (2012-15) for the Redhawk career high.
The Redhawks return to home for their final four regular-season games, beginning Tuesday, May 16 by hosting Arizona State at 4 p.m. at Bannerwood Park.