GREELEY, Colo. - (Apr. 8) An early lead would not stand Saturday afternoon at Jackson Stadium as Seattle U was outscored 10-4 over the final four innings of play, dropping game-two of a three-game Western Athletic Conference set with Northern Colorado, 11-10.
Redhawk starting pitcher Janson Junk was solid for five innings. The junior right-hander struck out five and scattered five hits for one run to take a no decision. As Junk worked his way through the Bears’ lineup, his offense built a 6-1 lead during those five innings.
Griffin Andreychuk scored on a double-play ground out in the second and would double in Aaron Stroosma in the third for a 2-1 lead. The Redhawks scored another single run in the fourth before a big three-run fifth courtesy of RBI-singles from Chase Wells, Michael Ciancio and Kyler Murphy.
Nick Hoefling replaced Junk on the mound in the sixth and quickly gave up a walk and home run as the Redhawks lead was trimmed to 6-3. Tyler Oldenberg quickly entered for Hoefling, but could not stop the Bears as they tacked on two more runs in the frame, making it 6-5, SU.
The Redhawks (10-19-1, 2-6 WAC) pushed a single run across the plate in the seventh, but UNC (12-16, 4-4 WAC) was not finished, rallying for six runs on seven hits in the bottom of the seventh to take an 11-7 lead.
Seattle U stayed alive in the eighth, using a pair of hits and a pair of Bear fielding errors to score three times and come within one, 11-10. But they would leave the inning with the bases loaded and could not get a runner on in the ninth.
Oldenberg took the loss after giving up six hits for seven runs (six earned) in 1.1 innings of relief. UNC reliever Connor Leedholm was credit with the win and Anthony Brady earned his fourth save of the season.
The Redhawk battery posted double digit hits for the third straight outing. Andreychuk led the way with three hits while four others had two hits apiece. Dalton Hurd totaled four RBIs.
The Redhawks and Bears conclude the series Sunday at 12 p.m. MT, 11 a.m. PT from Jackson Stadium.