BUSY WEEK: Riding a three-game winning streak, Seattle University enters a stretch in which it plays six games in the next seven days, with the only off day being a travel day. The Redhawks begin the week with a two-game series against St. Joseph's at Bannerwood Stadium, followed by a trip to northern California to face UC Davis in a three-game series over the weekend. The stretch of games ends next Monday with a single contest against Connecticut, a team that advanced to the Super Regionals last year.
THE PAST WEEK: Seattle University welcomed Nebraska Omaha to Bannerwood Stadium for a three-game series last week, followed by a single game against Saint Martin's. In the first game against the Mavericks, Brandon Kizer pitched seven strong innings in the starting role, but Seattle U offered little run support, as the game was tied 1-1 heading into the ninth inning. In the top of the ninth, Nebraska Omaha put together back-to-back singles with runners on base to pull ahead, 3-1. Seattle U scored once in the bottom of the ninth and loaded the bases with two outs, but UNO induced a flyout to take the opening game of the series, 3-2. The two teams decided to play a doubleheader the next day to finish the three-game set. In the first game, Nate Roberts hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to put the Redhawks on top, but Nebraska Omaha responded with two runs in the sixth inning to tie the game. The contest would remain tied until the bottom of the ninth, when Sean Narby's sacrifice fly drove in pinch runner Michael Tevlin with the winning run. Seattle U jumped on top of UNO in the second game with three runs in the second inning and kept extending its lead to 7-0. Nebraska Omaha scored twice in the eighth inning and once in the ninth, but Evan Ewing was able to shut down the Mavericks to preserve the win. Saturday against Saint Martin's, the Redhawks scored four runs in the bottom of the first to take the early lead. Meanwhile, Bryan Dalton made a solid start with five innings of work, and the bullpen did well until the ninth inning. The Saints scored three times in the ninth, but Ewing once again came in and shut the opposing team down, this time picking up his first save of the season. Trent Oleszczuk went 3-for-5, while Nick Latta finished 2-for-3 in the game.
SCOUTING SAINT JOSEPH'S: The Hawks come into the midweek series with a 1-9 overall record after being swept in back-to-back doubleheaders at Washington over the weekend. St. Joseph's has struggled offensively through the first 10 games of the season, hitting only .177 and scoring just 23 runs. The Hawks have combined for a fielding percentage of .970 and an earned run average of 5.24. Brian O'Keefe leads the team with a .280 batting average, two doubles, and five runs batted in. The Hawks have yet to hit a triple or a home run so far this season. On the mound, Steven Schuler leads the team in appearances with four and has the only win of the season for St. Joseph's. These will be the first meetings all-time between Seattle U and St. Joseph's.
SCOUTING UC DAVIS: The Aggies are also 6-5 heading into a midweek series at Arizona Tuesday and Wednesday. UC Davis lost two of three games to Creighton last weekend, but does boast series wins over Utah and CSU Bakersfield so far this season. As a team, the Aggies have combined for a .276 batting average, a .958 fielding percentage, and a 3.60 earned run average. Brett Morgan leads the team with a .357 batting average, 11 runs scored, three doubles, and four stolen bases. Paul Politi is batting .354 with a team-high 17 hits, including three doubles, and David Popkins is hitting .350 with three doubles along with eight walks. On the mound, Dayne Quist is 1-0 with a 2.21 earned run average with 26 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings of work. Harry Stanwyck has made six appearance out of the bullpen, picking up one save with a 1.74 ERA. Seattle U and UC Davis will be meeting for the first time ever on the baseball diamond.
SCOUTING CONNECTICUT: The Huskies are 4-6 heading into the NIKE Showcase in Oregon, where they will face Oregon, Oregon State, Illinois, and Oklahoma before making the trip north to face the Redhawks. As a team, UConn has compiled a .279 batting average, a .939 fielding percentage, and a 3.72 earned run average. Ryan Fuller leads the team with a .406 batting average, three doubles, one triple, four stolen bases, and 10 walks. Tom Verdi is batting .375 with two home runs and 14 runs batted in. On the mound, Brian Ward is 2-0 with a 1.33 earned run average along with 12 strikeouts. This will be the first meeting between Seattle U and UConn.
WEATHER FORECAST: For Bellevue, Tuesday will be mainly sunny with temperatures in the mid-40s, followed by a mostly sunny day Wednesday with temperatures reaching the high 40s. The sun will continue to shine at UC Davis, but it will be warmer, with temperatures ranging from the 60s to the low 70s all weekend long. Back in Bellevue Monday, the forecast calls for showers with temperatures in the mid 40s.
DID YOU KNOW?: The most famous baseball alum for Saint Joseph's has a significant tie to Seattle. Jamie Moyer pitched for the Seattle Mariners from 1996 to 2006. The Jamie Moyer Foundation is still a major non-profit organization in the Seattle area.