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Seattle University Baseball Struggles on Offense in 5-0 Loss to Oregon
Brandon Kizer pitched six innings of solid relief Friday night against...
By Schmar James
The Seattle University baseball team managed only three hits, and a four-run first inning provided Oregon enough offense as the Ducks won their fifth straight game with a 5-0 victory Friday evening at PK Park.

Oregon (10-5) started the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back walks by Danny Pulfer and Marcus Piazzisi. After a groundout advanced the runners to second and third, Eddie Rodriguez drove them in with a single up the middle. Steven Packard sent a double down the right field line to score Rodriguez, followed by walks drawn by Stephen Kaupang and Shawn Peterson to load the bases. J.J. Altobelli's groundout to first base scored Packard, and SeattleU starter Blaine Jones (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) was lifted after walking Jett Hart, his fifth walk of the inning.

Brandon Kizer (Marysville, Wash.) kept the Redhawks in the game, allowing only two hits and an unearned run in the seventh inning. Kizer threw 99 pitches in six innings of relief work, walking three and striking out three. Max Whieldon (Trabuco Hills, Calif.) gave up only one walk in 1 1/3 innings of work.

Oregon starter Tyler Anderson set down the first seven Redhawk batters before Phil Parrish (Escalon, Calif.) broke through with a single up the middle in the third inning. Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) singled to right field, advancing Parrish to third base with two outs, but a groundout ended the SeattleU threat.

The only other hit for SeattleU came in the sixth inning, a two-out single by Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.). Anderson struck out 11 Redhawk batters in eight innings, and Joey Housey came on in the ninth inning and set down SeattleU in order to clinch the victory. The Ducks were able to earn only four hits during the game, but took advantage of five fielding errors and nine walks.

Seattle University (2-9) looks to break through into the win column Saturday, March 13, with a doubleheader against Oregon beginning at 12 noon at PK Park. Conor Spink (Eagle River, Alaska) and Brian Shannon (Olympia, Wash.) are scheduled to start the two games for SeattleU.   

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