Seattle U Baseball Unable to Solve Portland Pitching in 6-0 Loss
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The University of Portland showed why it is one of the best pitching teams in Division I, as three pitchers combined to shut out Seattle University, 6-0, Saturday afternoon at Bannerwood Park.

Portland (30-7), ranked 26th in the Collegiate Baseball poll this week, received all the offense it would need in the top of the first inning when C.J. Cullen hit his third home run of the season. The Pilots picked up two more runs in the second inning on a two-run single by Kris Kauppila that scored Rocky Gale and Matt Mardesich.

With the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Beau Fraser launched a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Kauppila, followed by a Redhawk fielding error that allowed Riley Henricks to come around and score. Gale singled to center field to bring in Cullen to give Portland a 6-0 lead.

Starting pitcher Owen Jones gave up just three hits and three walks in seven innings of work, while Matt McCallister allowed one hit in the eighth inning and Chris Dennis gave up two singles to put runners on first and second with one out in the ninth inning before consecutive flyouts preserved the shutout.

Max Whieldon (Trabuco Hills, Calif.) took the loss for Seattle University, pitching seven innings and allowing 10 hits and six runs, five of them earned, with three strikeouts. No Seattle U player earned more than one hit during the game, while Henricks and Gale led the way for the Pilots with three hits apiece.

In an earlier game at Bannerwood Park, Portland defeated BYU, 5-1, behind a strong starting performance by Kyle Kraus, who scattered five hits and one walk while striking out eight batters in 7 2/3 innings of work. Mardesich led the Pilots offensively with three hits, including a triple, while Fraser earned two hits and two runs batted in during the game.

Seattle University (7-30) will look to get back on the winning track Tuesday, May 4, as it heads to Husky Ballpark for the third meeting of the season against the University of Washington beginning at 6 p.m. The Redhawks will then welcome perennial NAIA power Lewis-Clark State to Bannerwood Park for a two-game series next Friday, May 7, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 8, at 1 p.m.

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