In the first game, Trent Oleszczuk (Beaverton, Ore.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the first inning, with Steve Kirbach (Kirkland, Wash.) and Doug Kincaid (Portland, Ore.) drawing walks to load the bases. Josh Kalalau (University Place, Wash.) drove in Oleszczuk with a sacrifice fly, but a groundout and a strikeout ended the Redhawk scoring threat.
Seattle U increased the lead in the second inning when Jace Sloan (Puyallup, Wash.) led off with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, reached third on a groundout, and scored on a single by Kirbach. Kincaid once again drew a walk to load the bases, but Kalalau struck out to end the inning, keeping the Redhawk lead at 2-0.
Sacramento State (9-20) cut the deficit in half in the fourth inning when Derrick Chung and Andrew Ayers notched back-to-back singles. After a fielder's choice cut down Chung but put runners at second and third, Hunter Adrian's groundout scored Ayers, but Kirby Young could not extend the inning for the Hornets.
Seafth Howe (Seattle, Wash.) set down the Hornets in order in the fifth inning before a single and a fielding error put two runners on with one out in the sixth inning. However, Howe forced David Del Grande to hit into a double play to end that threat, and he retired Sacramento State in order in the seventh and final inning for his fourth victory in five decisions, lowering his earned run average to 1.91 for the season.
The second game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning, as Marcelino Morales (Pasco, Wash.) led off with a triple to right field and scored on a double by Kirbach. Kalalau was intentionally walked, loading the bases with just one out, but Hornet reliever Shea Lukes induced a groundout and a flyout to end the Redhawk scoring opportunity.
Del Grande started the top of the fourth by reaching on a throwing error and advancing to second base on a wild pitch. After reaching third base on a groundout, Del Grande scored on a single through the left side of the infield by Brent Hottman, tying the game at 1-1. However, the Hornets were stymied by Seattle U starter Arlo Evasick (Port Ludlow, Wash.), who put together his best outing of the season, allowing only two hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings of work.
In the top of the eighth inning, Ayers, Del Grande, and Young earned consecutive singles to load the bases against Redhawk reliever Conor Spink (Eagle River, Alaska). Justin Higley's ground ball was slightly misplayed by Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.), eliminating the chance for an inning-ending double play and allowing Ayers to score the go-ahead run. Hottman's shot down the third base line deflected off Roberts' glove as he made a diving attempt to stop the ball, driving in Del Grande with an insurance run.
With a sidearm delivery, Lukes was able to confuse the Redhawk hitters, allowing only one hit and two walks in 6 2/3 innings of relief work to earn his first victory of the season. More runs could have scored in the game, but Sacramento State left 10 runners on base while Seattle U stranded eight runners.
Seattle University (10-12) is scheduled to host Washington this Tuesday, April 5, at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue beginning at 6 p.m., followed by an afternoon contest against Washington State Wednesday, April 6, at 3 p.m. at Bannerwood Park. Live stats and live audio for both games will be available on GoSeattleU.com.