For the second straight night, Seattle University and Cal Poly engaged in a pitcher's duel, and once again the Mustangs took advantage of one more opportunity than the Redhawks, this time for a 1-0 victory Saturday night in collegiate baseball action at Baggett Stadium.
Seattle U put together a threat in the top of the seventh inning when Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) led off with a single and made it to second base on a bunt by Grant Newton (Bend, Ore.). Nick Latta (Tacoma, Wash.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out, but Michael Holback came on in relief of Cal Poly starter Matt Imhof and set down the next three Redhawk batters in order without allowing any inherited runners to score.
Cal Poly (6-0) scored the only run it would need in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Peter Van Gansen started the frame with a single off Seattle U reliever Garrett Anderson (Kennewick, Wash.) and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Ben Ruff (Fife, Wash.) came on in relief of Anderson and picked up a strikeout for the second out, but Jimmy Allen sent a single up the middle to drive in Van Gansen.
Narby led off the top of the ninth inning with a double to left field and reached third base on a groundout to the right side of the infield by Newton. However, Holback closed out the game with back-to-back strikeouts to earn his first victory of the season.
Seattle U starter Ted Hammond (Shoreline, Wash.) worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning when, with two outs, Elliot Stewart walked, Brian Mundell singled, and Van Gansen reached base on a Redhawk error. Hammond induced a flyout to center field by Tim Wise to keep the game scoreless.
Hammond allowed five hits and two walks in six innings while striking out four Mustang batters. Imhof matched him pitch-for-pitch, giving up three hits and two walks in six innings of work with nine strikeouts. Narby went 2-for-3 for the Redhawks, while Mundell and Denver Chavez finished with two hits apiece for the Mustangs.
Seattle University (1-5) finishes out the three-game series at Cal Poly Sunday, Feb. 24, starting at 12 noon. The Redhawks return home for a two-game midweek series against BYU at Bannerwood Stadium in Bellevue, with games Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 2:30 p.m.