On the second pitch of the game, Doug Buser (Orinda, Calif.) laced a shot into right-center field, legging out his second triple of the season. Buser would score on a groundout by Bryndon Ecklund (Elma, Wash.) to give the Redhawks an early 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) led off with a double, but was forced to hold at second on a Riley Tompkins (Lynnwood, Wash.) line drive to center field that dropped in front of the centerfielder. Nick Latta (Tacoma, Wash.) put down a successful sacrifice bunt, and Phil Parrish (Escalon, Calif.) drew a walk to load the bases. After Buser fouled out, Ecklund sent a single through the left side that scored Roberts and Tompkins. Back-to-back walks to Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) and Josh Kalalau (University Place, Wash.) increased the Seattle U lead to 4-0.
Creighton (22-21) broke through in the third inning, as Elliot Soto hit a one-out single through the left side, and Trever Adams followed with a two-run home run to left field that cut the Redhawk lead in half at 4-2.
Seattle U responded in the top of the fourth with a leadoff single by Buser and an RBI double for Ecklund to give the visitors a 5-2 advantage. With two outs, Steve Kirbach (Kirkland, Wash.) fought off several pitches and then laced a single to left field, bringing in Ecklund to reestablish Seattle U's four-run lead at 6-2.
Arlo Evasick (Port Ludlow, Wash.) pitched into the eighth inning, but gave up Adams' second home run of the game, this one to straightaway center field, followed by back-to-back singles by T.J. Roemmich and Carson Vitale. Bryan Dalton (Vancouver, Wash.) came on in relief, but he walked pinch hitter Zane Hinkel to load the bases. After Ian Dike hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Roemmich, Dalton struck out Clay Cuno and Alex Staehely to end the Bluejay threat.
In the ninth inning, Dalton hit Jimmy Swift with a pitch, bringing Adams up representing the tying run. However, Adams' line drive found the glove of left fielder Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.), and Roemmich's fly ball settled into Buser's glove to end the game in the Redhawks' favor.
Buser and Roberts went 3-for-5 at the plate, while Ecklund went 2-for-5 with four runs batted in and Tompkins also went 2-for-5, including a blast in the third inning that hit the top of the center field wall, resulting in a double. Adams led Creighton by going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three runs batted in, and Roemmich went 2-for-5 during the game.
Evasick earned his second victory of the season, allowing eight hits, three walks, and four runs while striking out seven batters. Dalton picked up his fourth save of the season with two innings of hitless relief. Creighton starter Jonas Dufek took the loss, giving up eight hits, three walks, and six runs in three innings.
The Redhawks earned a victory at Rosenblatt Stadium, home of the College World Series for 60 years, in its final year of use before Creighton and the NCAA move into TD AMERITRADE Park next season. This was also the first victory in a night game for Seattle University this season after failing to win any of the first 12 evening games Seattle U participated in.Seattle University (9-34) will try to clinch a series win Saturday, May 15, in the second game of the weekend series, this time facing Creighton at the CU Sports Complex on campus. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. local time, with live stats and live audio available on GoSeattleU.com.