Both baseball teams enjoyed numerous chances to score runs, but Seattle University took advantage of enough opportunities, while the University of Washington could not get the key hit all night, as the Redhawks defeated the Huskies, 5-1, Wednesday night at Husky Ballpark.
Seattle U took advantage of early jitters by Washington freshman starter Jared Fisher, as Trent Oleszczuk (Beaverton, Ore.) walked and Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) was hit by a pitch. Doug Kincaid (Portland, Ore.) drove in Oleszczuk with a single to right field, and Bryndon Ecklund (Elma, Wash.) drew a walk to load the bases. With two outs, Riley Tompkins (Lynnwood, Wash.) sent a single through the right side of the infield, scoring Roberts and Kincaid to give the Redhawks a 3-0 lead.
Seattle U starter Brandon Kizer (Marysville, Wash.) encountered some control issues, as a walk and two hit batters loaded the bases in the first inning, and two singles and a hit batter allowed the bases to be filled in the third inning. Each time, Kizer was able to pitch out of the bases-loaded jam without allowing any runs, keeping the Redhawks ahead.
Washington (2-2) broke onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Andrew Ely was hit by a pitch and Ryan Wiggins walked to lead off the inning. Erik Forgione sacrificed the runners over one base, and a groundout by Jayce Ray drove in Ely with the Huskies' first run of the game. However, Kizer induced a popout from Joe Meggs to end the inning without any further damage.
Seattle U extended its lead in the top of the sixth inning, as Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) walked, Marcelino Morales (Pasco, Wash.) laid down a bunt single, and Oleszczuk walked to load the bases. Washington pitcher Austin Voth retired the next two batters, but Kincaid laced a single into right field to drive in Olson and Morales, giving the Redhawks a 5-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the seventh, pinch hitter Caleb Brown led off with a double to left field and advanced to third on a flyout. Garrett Anderson (Kennewick, Wash.) came on in relief of Kizer and walked Meggs and Jacob Lamb to load the bases. Anderson settled down, inducing a popup by Branden Berry and striking out Robert Pehl as the Huskies left the bases loaded for the third time in the game.
Kizer earned the victory, allowing four hits, one run, three walks, and four hit batters in 6 1/3 innings pitched. Anderson rebounded from his rough initial collegiate appearance Sunday, pitching 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief, retiring the last eight batters he faced in order.
Kincaid was the only player on either team to earn more than one hit, going 3-for-4 with one run scored and three runs batted in. Seattle U left 11 runners on base, while the Huskies, coming off a weekend in which they scored 28 runs in three games at San Diego State, stranded 10 runners on base.
Seattle University (3-1) heads to Sacramento, Calif., for a three-game series against Sacramento State starting Friday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m.