BELLEVUE, Wash. - (Apr. 5) Seventeen hits, 20 runs and nearly four hours of baseball ended in an eight-inning 10-10 tie between Seattle U and Portland Wednesday afternoon at Bannerwood Park.
With a drop time looming due to another game scheduled on the field, the Redhawks (9-18-1) rallied from a 10-3 deficit, scoring a combined seven unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
But neither side could break the stalemate in the seventh or eighth and the game was called complete after three hours and 43 minutes of play.
Portland (6-22-1) scored once in the first, twice in the third and once in the fourth to take an early 4-0 lead. Seattle U answered back in the home half of the fourth with three runs courtesy a two-RBI single from Chase wells and an RBI-ground out from Jeffrey Morgan.
The Pilots then exploded for six runs in the fifth. The visitor had just three hits in the frame as Redhawk pitchers also issued three walks and hit two batters.
Not to be outdone, Seattle U’s battery answered in form. Aaron Stroosma plated two runs with a double to center field in the fifth and make it a 10-5 ball game.
Then came the big two-out, five-run sixth. Austin Lively drove home one runner with a double to center field. Three batters later Sean Sutton delivered a bases-clearing triple to deep right-center, bringing the Redhawks to within one run. The game-tying run would come on the next play as Michael Ciancio singled to left and advanced to second on a fielding error by the left fielder. Sean Sutton would score from third on the play.
The Redhawks would reload the bases, but could not plate the go-ahead run before Portland finally got out of the inning on a fielder’s choice putout at third.
Twelve total pitchers saw action, including six from each team. No pitcher went more than three innings and no one was credited with a decision.
Lively finished with a team-high three hits for Seattle U. Stroosma had two hits and two RBIs, Sutton had three RBIs and Wells had two RBIs to lead the Redhawks.
Seattle U returns to Western Athletic Conference action this weekend, traveling to Greeley, Colo., for a three-game series at Northern Colorado. Action begins Friday at 2 p.m. Mountain Time, 12 p.m. Pacific.