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Conor Spink pitched 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and earned the win over Washington Tuesday night
Courtesy: Eric Badeau (http://www.ewbphotography.com/)
Seattle U Baseball Defeats Washington, 4-2
Courtesy: Seattle University  
Release:  03/08/2011
A bases-clearing double by Doug Kincaid (Portland, Ore.) in the third inning and solid relief pitching led to a historic win for the Seattle University baseball team, as it defeated the University of Washington, 4-2, Tuesday night at Husky Ballpark.

The win was the first by Seattle University over Washington in baseball since May 9, 1979, snapping a 19-game winning streak by the Huskies over Seattle U. It was also the first victory by any Redhawk team over a Washington squad since Seattle U started the Division I reclassification process in 2008.

"It's special to come over here and beat a Pac-10 team, any win against a Pac-10 team is a good one," head coach Donny Harrel said. "We played these guys tough last year, but always seemed to come up a little short, so it's good that this game flipped around on our side. However, we have three more against them this year, so we need to continue to work to get ready for those."

Washington (2-8) jumped on the board in the bottom of the first inning, as Seattle U starter Bryan Dalton (Vancouver, Wash.) walked Spencer Rogers and Jacob Lamb, and Eric Peterson followed with a double over the third baseman's head into left field that brought both runners in.

Husky starter Jacob Clem (0-2) set down the first eight Redhawk batters in order before Bryndon Ecklund (Elma, Wash.) broke through with a single to left-center field. Trent Oleszczuk (Beaverton, Ore.) followed with a single through the left side, and Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Kincaid laced a ball past the right fielder into the corner, clearing the bases and giving the Redhawks a 3-2 lead.

Washington threatened again in the bottom of the third, as Joe Meggs singled and Chase Anselment walked. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base, Conor Spink (Eagle River, Alaska) came on in relief of Dalton and notched a strikeout and a groundout to leave those runners stranded.

Spink (2-0) went on to pitch 3 2/3 innings of relief, allowing only a walk while striking out two Husky batters. However, the bullpen for Washington shut down the Seattle U offense, as Tyler Kane and Adam Cimber each pitched two innings of scoreless relief to keep the Huskies within one run.

"They got all those lefthanders that they strand together from three through six, and Conor has been unbelievable, especially against lefties, he doesn't give up big hits, so that's a big performance for him," said Harrel.

Washington had its best chance in the seventh inning, as B.K. Santy walked and Ty Afenir was hit by a pitch. Max Whieldon (Trabuco Hills, Calif.) struggled in relief, walking Rogers on four pitches to load the bases, but Hendrickson started a 5-4-3 double play that was flawlessly executed to keep the Redhawks ahead.

Seattle U would add an insurance run in the ninth inning when pinch hitter Jace Sloan (Puyallup, Wash.) led off with a single. Michael Tevlin (Billings, Mont.) moved pinch runner Marcelino Morales (Pasco, Wash.) over to second with a sacrifice bunt, and Morales took third on a wild pitch. Steve Kirbach (Kirkland, Wash.) came up in a pinch-hitting role and sent a grounder through the right side of the infield for a single that scored Morales.

In the bottom of the ninth, Seattle U closer Blaine Jones (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) came on and retired the first two batters before singles by Willy Reel and Ryan Wiggins put runners on first and third. Jones was able to punch out Rogers on a called third strike for his third save of the season, clinching Seattle U's first three-game winning streak since baseball came back last year.

Seattle University (7-4) is scheduled to face Saint Martin's Wednesday, March 9, beginning at 4 p.m. at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. That is dependent on weather, so stay up-to-date by going to www.GoSeattleU.com or by following Seattle U athletics on Facebook (Seattle U Athletics) and Twitter (@su_athletics).

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