Seattle University played two contests versus the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks and came away with the win in both games, winning a close first game, 3-2, and coming away with the 8-3 victory in the second contest. The two teams were originally supposed to play one contest per day on Feb. 28, 29 and Mar. 1, but the Mar. 1 game was moved up a day to create the doubleheader.
The first game of the day started much like the first game between the two teams on Feb. 28, with both teams going scoreless through the first four innings.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, with two outs, Seattle U added the first two runs to the board as Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) homered, also batting in Trent Oleszczuk (Beaverton, Ore.), who reached base on a walk.
Nebraska Omaha evened the score in the top of the sixth as Caleb Palensky batted in Tyler Splichal for the Mavericks' first run of the game. In the next at bat, Alex Mortensen singled, batting in Colby McCord to even the score, 2-2. The Mavericks got one more hit, but another out ended the inning without any further scoring.
A quiet two following innings for each team sent the game into the ninth and final inning with the game still tied.
In the top of the inning, the Mavericks added one hit to the board, but otherwise a quick three and out left the Redhawks with a final chance to win the game or send it into extra innings.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Josh Kutz (Seattle, Wash.) singled and Michael Tevlin (Billings, Mont.) came in as a pinch runner on first. Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) came in as a pinch hitter, hitting a double, and advancing Tevlin to third. In the final at bat of the game, Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) hit a sacrifice fly, out at center field, scoring Tevlin for the winning run.
Seafth Howe (Seattle, Wash.) started for the Redhawks and pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing two unearned runs on only four hits, while striking out six. Eric Yardley and Garrett Anderson came in in relief.
Matt Tew got the start for the Mavericks and pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, while walking three and striking out two. Curtis Smith and Josh Bullock also came into the ballgame in relief.
The second game of the day was a different story, as the Redhawks got the early lead and continued adding cushion, despite an attempted Mavericks comeback in the final innings.
Scoreless through the first inning, the Redhawks scored three in the bottom of the second, as they loaded up the bases throughout the inning. Doug Kincaid (Portland, Ore.) scored the first run on a single by Zach Aaker (Ravensdale, Wash.), followed by a run scored by Hendrickson on a Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.) walk. The third run of the inning was scored by Olson on a sacrifice fly to left field.
Seattle U added another run to the board in the bottom of the third as Kincaid scored on a Hendrickson single.
A quick three and out in the fourth and one hit for each team in the fifth sent the game to the sixth inning with Seattle U still leading, 4-0.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Redhawks increased the lead, adding two runs to the board as Oleszczuk hit a two-RBI single, batting in Aaker and Somers to put Seattle U ahead, 6-0.
The Redhawks made it 7-0 in the bottom of the seventh as Kincaid scored on a Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) single.
Nebraska Omaha appeared to be threatening in the top of the eighth, as they put their first two runs on the board and left a runner on base to end the inning. McCord hit a two-RBI double to score Brady Hohl and Scotty Donner for the Mavericks.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Redhawks added one final run to the board, as Oleszczuk doubled, scoring Bryndon Ecklund (Elma, Wash). They threatened to add another run to the board, as Oleszczuk was left at third base to end the inning, but the Mavericks were able to get two quick outs to end the inning.
In their final at bat, the Mavericks continued their late offensive drive as Donner singled, scoring Brandon Winkelmann, but a popout to first ended their chances, and the Redhawks came away with their second win of the day, 8-3.
Grant Gunning (Snohomish, Wash.) got the start and the win for the Redhawks, pitching a solid seven full innings, allowing only six hits and striking out five.
Zach Williamsen got the start for the Mavericks, pitching just 2 1/3 innings, and giving up four runs on three hits, while walking four.
The Redhawks continue their homestand, hosting St. Martin's for a single game starting at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Mar. 3, at Bannerwood Stadium in Bellevue, Wash.