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Seattle University Baseball Earns 8-1 Victory Over Concordia
Courtesy: Seattle University  
Release:  04/09/2010
Brandon Kizer earned his first victory of the season after giving up...
By Schmar James
The Seattle University baseball team clicked on all cylinders Friday afternoon, getting a solid pitching performance from Brandon Kizer (Marysville, Wash.) and a four-hit night by Bryndon Ecklund (Montesano, Wash.) on its way to an 8-1 victory over Concordia University at Bannerwood Park.

Kizer pitched seven innings, giving up only four hits and one unearned run while striking out a season-high seven batters. He walked the second batter he faced, but thanks to a double play faced the minimum 15 batters over the first five innings before Concordia led off the sixth inning with back-to-back singles. Kizer worked out of that jam by inducing another double play and then notching a strikeout, but finally gave up a run in the seventh before striking out the final batter he faced.

SeattleU took the lead in the bottom of the first as Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) was hit by a pitch and Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) drew a walk. Both runners advanced on a balk, and Josh Kalalau (University Place, Wash.) followed with a groundout that scored Hendrickson. With the bases loaded in the third inning, Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) scored on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Nick Latta (Tacoma, Wash.) drove in Riley Tompkins (Lynnwood, Wash.).

Wildness continued to affect the Concordia pitching, as Griffon Waller loaded the bases in the fourth inning by hitting Roberts and Narby with pitches and walking Tompkins. Ecklund followed with a shot over the left field fence for his first home run of the season, the first grand slam hit by a SeattleU player in at least 24 years. The Redhawks added a run in the sixth inning after Doug Buser (Orinda, Calif.) drove in Ecklund with a single to left field.

Concordia (7-18) was held to five hits, with no Cavalier earning more than one hit during the game. Zac Manor took the loss after pitching the first two innings of the game and allowing one hit, three walks, and one earned run. Waller pitched the next two innings, giving up four hits, three walks, and six runs, hitting four batters with pitches and throwing two wild pitches.

After Kizer, Joey Pulitano (Lake Stevens, Wash.) pitched the final two innings for the Redhawks, allowing just one hit while striking out four batters. Kizer now leads the team with 41 innings pitched and 22 strikeouts after picking up his first victory of the season and lowering his ERA by almost one full run from 5.29 to 4.39.

Seattle University snapped an 11-game losing streak with the victory and picked up its first home win of the 2010 campaign. The Redhawks left 14 runners on base, including ending both the second and third innings with the bases loaded as well as the fourth, sixth, and seventh innings with two runners on base.

Seattle University (4-22) will head to Wenatchee, Wash., for a neutral-site game against the Washington State Cougars this Tuesday, April 13, beginning at 6 p.m. at Paul Thomas Sr. Field. The Redhawks will then begin a ten-game homestand with the first of three contests against the University of Nevada next Friday, April 16, starting at 6 p.m. at Bannerwood Park. Live stats and live audio for both the Wenatchee game and the homestand will be available on GoSeattleU.com.

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