PORTLAND - (Mar. 21) Seattle University stranded 10 runners on the base path while Portland used a pair of big innings to send the Redhawks to a 6-3 setback Tuesday at Joe Etzel Field in Portland.
The Pilots (3-16) opened the scoring in the home half of the first, taking advantage of an extended inning after a Redhawk fielding error. Matt Kelly led off the inning with a single to third and would advance to third on a error by pitcher Alden Huschle in attempt to field Beau Brundage’s sacrifice bunt.
Brundage would advance to second on the play putting a pair of runners in scoring position. Hustle got the next Pilot to strikeout swinging, but Kevin Wade’s ground out to second sent Kelly home. Mike Hicks followed with a single up the middle to score Brundage, quickly making it 2-0 Portland.
But Portland responded big in the bottom of the fifth, tacking on four runs off of relievers Tanner Knapp and Tyler Oldenberg. The Pilots took advantage of five hits and two walks to send four runners across home plate for a 6-2 advantage.
Oldenberg ended the inning with a strikeout and would keep the Pilots in check through the sixth and seventh innings. He ran into a bit of trouble in the eighth and, with runners on the corners, was relieved by Lucas Chapman who ended the inning by inducing a double play.
Sutton earned his second RBI of the day on a sacrifice fly that scored Austin Lively in the seventh. But Seattle U would end the day having stranded at least one runner in each inning but the first, and could not complete the comeback.
Knapp took the loss for the Redhawks while Portland starter Kevin Baker picked up the win in five innings of work.
The Redhawks and Pilots face off again Wednesday in a single game set to begin at 3 p.m. The match-up will stream live on theW.tv.