Seattle University Baseball Loses to Oregon State, 12-2
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The Seattle University baseball team showed life early in the game, but Oregon State kept putting the pressure on the Redhawk pitching and defense, cruising to a 12-2 victory Tuesday evening at Goss Stadium.

Seattle University took the early lead as Doug Buser (Orinda, Calif.) and Bryndon Ecklund (Elma, Wash.) led off the game with back-to-back singles. Buser advanced to third on a deep flyout by Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) and scored when Ryan Gorton's first pitch to Josh Kalalau (University Place, Wash.) hit the dirt and eluded catcher Andrew Susac.

Oregon State (27-19) quickly tied the game, as Adalberto Santos launched the first pitch he saw from Conor Spink (Eagle River, Alaska) over the fence in left-center field. Jared Norris singled and, after a popout, Travis Anderson hit a two-run home run to left field to give the Beavers a 3-1 lead after one inning.

In the second inning, Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) led off with a single, but it looked like he would be stranded as the next two batters were retired and Phil Parrish (Escalon, Calif.) went down in the count 0-2. However, Roberts stole second, Parrish worked his way into a walk, and Buser singled to left-center field to drive in Roberts and cut the Beaver lead in half.

The Beavers answered in the bottom of the second, loading the bases on two walks and a base hit. Stefen Romero hit a ground ball deep into the hole at shortstop, driving in Susac, and Nick Latta's (Tacoma, Wash.) misguided throw to first base pulled Riley Tompkins (Lynnwood, Wash.) off the bag and allowed Santos to come around from second base and score, giving Oregon State a 5-2 advantage.

Oregon State started to pull away with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, and the home team put the hammer down in the seventh inning with four runs, three of them coming on a bases-loaded double by Parker Berberet that cleared the bases. Berberet would drive in another run in the eighth inning with his second double in as many innings.

Spink lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, three walks, and five runs before being relieved by Eric Yardley (Richland, Wash), who gave up six hits and four runs in 2 1/3 innings of work. After Joey Pulitano (Lake Stevens, Wash.) failed to retire either of the two batters he faced, Skip Spencer (Springfield, Ore.), the third person listed as a position player on the roster to pitch for the Redhawks this season, allowed two hits, two walks, and one run in two innings, picking up a strikeout along the way.

Gorton was taken out with one out in the fifth inning, giving up five hits, two walks, and two runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. Dylan Jones earned the victory for the Beavers with 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, giving up three hits and two walks. Nick Stiltner pitched the ninth inning to close out the game for Oregon State.

Buser went 3-for-5 with a run scored and a run driven in, while Roberts finished the night 2-for-2 with a run scored and two walks. Santos led the Beavers with a 3-for-4 night with two runs scored and three runs batted in, with Norris, Susac, and Berberet notching two hits apiece.  

Seattle University (9-37) will look for a split of the midweek series when it takes on Oregon State Wednesday, May 19, at 2 p.m., in the final road game of the season. The schedule for the four-game series against Saint Mary's over the weekend was finalized earlier Tuesday, with Friday's game remaining at 6 p.m. at Bannerwood Park, the start time for Saturday's contest moving up one hour to 1 p.m. with the game being played at Bellevue College, and the series returning to Bannerwood Park for the Sunday doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.

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