Seattle University held off a UT Arlington rally midway through game one of Saturday’s doubleheader on its way to a 10-3 victory, but the Mavericks were able to stop the Redhawk offense in game two to salvage a split after winning 3-1 at Bannerwood Park.
In game one, Seattle U scored first in the bottom of the third inning as Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) led off with a single, Nick Latta (Tacoma, Wash.) reached base on a Maverick error, and Landon Cray (Chimacum, Wash.) sent a single through the right side of the infield to load the bases with one out. Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) laced a single to right field, driving in Olson and Latta to give the Redhawks the early lead.
Seattle U added a run in the fourth inning when Cash McGuire (Kent, Wash.) was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, reached third on a single by Olson, and scored on a perfect safety squeeze bunt by Latta. Roberts led off the fifth inning with a solo home run to give the Redhawks a 4-0 advantage.
Seattle U starter Ted Hammond (Shoreline, Wash.) allowed just two hits through the first five innings, but UT Arlington put together a rally in the sixth inning, starting with singles by John M. Twichell and Derek Miller. After Hammond retired the next two Mavericks, Justin Copeland drove in Twichell with a single, and Greg McCall followed with his own single to score Miller. Hammond threw two wild pitches, the second one allowing Copeland to score, but Hammond ended the inning by inducing a flyout, keeping Seattle U ahead by one run.
UT Arlington (21-17, 10-4 WAC) put together another two-out threat in the seventh inning when Twichell walked and Miller was hit by Hammond’s final pitch of the day. After Will Dennis (Saratoga, Calif.) walked Ryan Walker to load the bases, Evan Ewing (Spokane, Wash.) came on in relief and struck out Matt Shortall, UT Arlington’s leading hitter, to keep the Redhawks in front.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Redhawks loaded the bases on singles by Cray and Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) as well as a walk drawn by Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.). With two outs, Zach Aaker (Ravensdale, Wash.) drew a walk to force home pinch runner Austen Brand (Tacoma, Wash.), and Olson followed with a single that scored Narby and Somers, who avoided the tag of Maverick catcher McCall. Latta would cap the inning with a three-run home run to left field, the fourth consecutive game in which he went deep.
Ewing would walk Copeland and allow a single to McCall to lead off the eighth inning, but a double play helped the senior get through the frame without any damage. Bret Hartnett (Kent, Wash.) gave up only a walk in the ninth inning to finish off the game, as Hammond would pick up his second victory of the season.
The Mavericks would score first in the second game as Brandon Lawrence hit a one-out double in the second inning and hustled to third base on a comebacker to Seattle U starter Garrett Anderson (Kennewick, Wash.). Peter Cuomo would drive in Lawrence with a single up the middle.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Somers singled to right field, and then the game went into a 33-minute rain delay. After the delay, Somers would advance to second on a balk by Maverick starter Zach Thompson, and Olson tied the game with a single through the left side of the infield, scoring Somers.
Lawrence drew a walk with one out in the sixth inning, advanced to third base on a single by Twichell, and scored on a bunt single from Travis Sibley. The bunt play would once again help the Mavericks in the eighth inning, as Lawrence led off with a single, advanced to second on a Twichell walk, reached third on a sacrifice bunt by Sibley, and scored on a safety squeeze bunt down the first base line by Cuomo.
Thompson held Seattle U to six hits in throwing his second complete game of the season, setting down 15 of the last 18 Redhawk batters. Anderson allowed seven hits, three walks, and two runs in 6 2/3 innings of work in taking the loss.
Olson led the Seattle U offense, going 4-for-6 in the twinbill with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Copeland and McCall each collected two hits for UT Arlington in the first game, while Lawrence went 2-for-2 with two walks and all three Maverick runs in the nightcap.
Seattle University (14-23, 4-9 WAC) will face UT Arlington in the rubber game of the weekend series Sunday, April 21, starting at 12 noon at Bannerwood Park. The Redhawks will then welcome nationally-ranked Oregon State Monday, April 22, for a 3 p.m. contest before hitting the road to face San Jose State next weekend.