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Brandon Kizer settled down after first-inning trouble and kept Seattle U in Friday's game against Pacific
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Seattle U Baseball Earns Comeback Victory Over Pacific, 5-4
Courtesy: Seattle University  
Release:  05/13/2011
The Seattle University baseball team took advantage of enough Pacific mistakes to come from behind twice, the second time by scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, for a 5-4 victory Friday afternoon at Bannerwood Park.

Pacific (15-30) jumped on top in the first inning when Dustin Torchio walked and came around to score on a double by Matt Carvutto. Brian Martin followed with a two-run home run over the wall in right field to give the Tigers a 3-0 advantage.

Seattle U starter Brandon Kizer (Marysville, Wash.) settled down after the tough first inning, lasting into the eighth inning while allowing six hits and four runs with one walk and eight strikeouts. He pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the third inning, inducing a popout before earning back-to-back strikeouts to prevent the Tigers from scoring in that frame.

"In the first inning, it just did not seem like he (Kizer) was ready to go. To compliment him, he changed his mindset and got more aggressive in the strike zone, forcing them to chase pitches. His ability to settle down gave us an opportunity to stay in the game," head coach Donny Harrel said.

In the bottom of the third, Bryndon Ecklund (Elma, Wash.) led off with a bunt single, and Trent Oleszczuk (Beaverton, Ore.) drew a walk. Michael Tevlin (Billings, Mont.) sacrificed both runners over one base, and a groundout by Doug Kincaid (Portland, Ore.) drove in Ecklund. With two outs, Josh Kalalau (University Place, Wash.) doubled down the left field line, scoring Oleszczuk to bring the Redhawks within one at 3-2.

After pitching out of his own bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning, Pacific starter John Prato Matthews gave up a leadoff home run to Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) in the sixth inning, tying the game at 3-3. Matthews would be replaced after that pitch, allowing four hits, four walks, and three runs in five innings with four strikeouts.

In the eighth inning, Carvutto singled, stole second, advanced to third on a bad throw, and scored on a single by Allen Riley. Kizer, who had thrown 124 pitches (84 of them for strikes), was replaced on the mound by Blaine Jones (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), who retired the first batter he faced on one pitch, ending the eighth inning.

Tiger reliever Jared Wagner hit Hendrickson with a pitch, and Nick Latta (Tacoma, Wash.) sent a seeing-eye single through the left side of the infield. Chris Larsen came on to replace Wagner, but he hit Marcelino Morales (Pasco, Wash.) with a pitch to load the bases. A short grounder by Ecklund drove in Hendrickson with the tying run, and, after Oleszczuk was intentionally walked, Larsen uncorked a wild pitch that brought in Latta with the go-ahead run.

Jones gave up a two-out single to Josh Simms in the ninth inning, but a line drive caught by Hendrickson off the bat of Tyger Pederson ended the game in the Redhawks' favor. Jones picked up his second victory of the season, while Wagner was tagged with the loss, his fourth defeat of the 2011 campaign.

"Blaine came in and threw strikes, which is what we ask of our bullpen," said Harrel. "The comeback wasn't as pretty as we would like, as we gave up some opportunities early, but we took advantage of some freebies in the eighth inning, and at this point in the season we will take a win any way we can get it."

Seattle University (19-25-1) continues the three-game series against the Pacific Tigers Saturday, May 14, at Bannerwood Park, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats and live audio will be available on GoSeattleU.com. 

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