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Josh Kalalau hit his second home run in as many days to start Seattle U on its comeback victory over Cal State...
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Seattle U Baseball Holds On For 4-3 Victory Over Matadors
Courtesy: Seattle University  
Release:  02/20/2011
The Seattle University baseball team came back twice from early deficits, and a manufactured run and solid relief pitching allowed the Redhawks to earn a 4-3 victory over Cal State Northridge Sunday afternoon at Matador Field.

With the score tied 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning, Trent Oleszczuk (Beaverton, Ore.) led off with a double to left field. Bryndon Ecklund (Elma, Wash.) sent a ground ball to Matador shortstop Kyle Attl, but his attempt to throw out Oleszczuk was not successful. Michael Tevlin (Billings, Mont.) drove in Oleszczuk with a single to center field to give Seattle U its first lead of the game.

The Matadors put together a scoring threat in the bottom of the seventh, as Ridge Carpenter walked and Drew Muren was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Bryan Dalton (Vancouver, Wash.) came on in relief of Conor Spink (Eagle River, Wash.) and forced pinch hitter Justin De Marco to fly out to right field to end the inning.

In the ninth inning, Blaine Jones (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) made his first appearance since last March 12 after an injury ended his 2010 season. He allowed a one-out single to Marty Bowen, but he forced Carpenter to hit into a game-ending double play to clinch a split of the weekend series for the Redhawks.

"The wins this weekend were a great step for our program. To beat a team from Southern California early in the season is always tough," head coach Donny Harrel said. "Our bullpen did an amazing job all weekend, and today's game was a typical game we gave away last season. Our players have truly matured and will continue to get better. I am very proud of them!"

Cal State Northridge (2-2) struck first in the bottom of the first inning when TS Reed reached on an infield single, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Tevlin, and scored on a groundout by Drew Muren. The Matadors added another run in the second inning as Steven Keller led off with a single and scored on a double by Tommy Simis.

In the top of the third inning, Oleszczuk led off with a single to left field, advanced to second on a groundout, and stole third base. With two outs, Josh Kalalau (University Place, Wash.) hit his second home run in as many days, a shot to left field that tied the game at 2-2.

The Matadors retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Simis laced a double down the left field line and came around to score on a single up the middle by Carpenter. The Redhawks responded in the top of the fifth, as Oleszczuk was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a single by Ecklund, reached third on a sacrifice bunt from Tevlin, and scored on a fielder's choice grounder hit by Matt Comer (Bozeman, Mont.).

Spink received the win after replacing starter Seafth Howe (Seattle, Wash.) in the fifth inning and allowing just one hit and one walk in 2 1/3 innings of work. After Dalton pitched the next 1 1/3 innings, Jones earned his first career save with his effort in the ninth inning.

Oleszczuk finished the game with two hits in three at-bats, including a double, three runs scored, and a stolen base, while Ecklund went 3-for-5 with a stolen base during the afternoon. Keller led Cal State Northridge with a 3-for-4 day with one run scored. Ryan Juarez took the loss after allowing the game-tying run in the fifth and the game-winning tally in the seventh.

Seattle University (2-2) opens its 32-game home slate next Friday, Feb. 25, against Notre Dame (2-1) beginning at 6 p.m. at Everett Memorial Stadium. The Redhawks will host the Fighting Irish at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue next Saturday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. and next Sunday, Feb. 27, at 12 noon.

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