Seattle University struck first in the top of the second as Jace Sloan (Puyallup, Wash.) was hit by a pitch and Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.) followed with a single through the right side of the infield. With two outs, Riley Tompkins (Lynnwood, Wash.) laced a double into the right-center field gap that drove in Sloan and Somers, and Bryndon Ecklund (Elma, Wash.) followed with his own double in the same spot that scored Tompkins to give the Redhawks a 3-0 lead.
Utah Valley (19-20) responded in the bottom of the third inning, thanks in part to control problems by Seattle U starter Brandon Kizer (Marysville, Wash.) that led to two walks. Cole McWhorter sent a one-out single into left field that scored Billy Burgess to bring the Wolverines within two at 3-1 after three innings.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Jason Zundel led off with a line drive to left field that Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) lost in the sun, leading to a double. Kirk Doxey followed with a single up the middle that drove in Zundel, and, after a sacrifice bunt, Chris Benson put the Wolverines in the lead with a two-run home run over the left field fence.
Seattle U responded in the top of the sixth off Utah Valley relief pitcher Ryan Chadwick, who got the first two outs of the inning before hitting Narby with a pitch. Back-to-back singles by Tompkins and Ecklund loaded the bases for Trent Oleszczuk (Beaverton, Ore.), who laced a double into the left-center field gap that cleared the bases and allowed the Redhawks to retake the lead, 6-4.
Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) kept the inning going with a single to right field that drove in Oleszczuk, and Doug Kincaid (Portland, Ore.) earned a single through the right side of the infield. Josh Kalalau (University Place, Wash.) continued the hit parade with a single through the left side that drove in Hendrickson, and Sloan followed with the Redhawks' seventh straight hit of the inning, a single that loaded the bases before a strikeout ended the frame with Seattle U ahead, 8-4.
The Wolverines did not quit, earning back-to-back walks to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. After a groundout advanced the runners to second and third, Austin Heaps was able to drive in Doxey with a groundout, and Goose Kallunki followed with a single that brought in McWhorter and cut the Utah Valley deficit to two at 8-6.
Seattle U added insurance runs in the eighth and ninth innings, as a sacrifice fly by Michael Tevlin (Billings, Mont.) with the bases loaded in the eighth inning brought in Kincaid. The Redhawks scored five times in the ninth inning, all after the first two batters were retired by Wolverine pitcher Zane Gray. Kalalau capped off a 4-for-6 night with a two-run home run down the left field line.
Kizer earned the victory despite allowing seven hits, five walks, and six runs in six innings of work. Conor Spink (Eagle River, Alaska) performed well in relief for the Redhawks, pitching 1 2/3 innings of two-hit ball with two strikeouts. Besides Kalalau's offensive production, Tompkins went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two runs batted in, while Kincaid finished the night 3-for-6 with two runs scored.
Seattle University (18-21) begins a three-game series at BYU in Provo Thursday night, May 5, at 6 p.m. local time. Live audio will be available on GoSeattleU.com, while live video will be provided on BYUtv.org.