Seattle University jumped out to an early lead, received another solid start from Bryan Dalton (Vancouver, Wash.), and held on for a 6-3 victory over the Saint Martin's Saints Saturday afternoon at Bannerwood Stadium.
After a double play helped Dalton get out of a first-inning jam, Trent Oleszczuk (Beaverton, Ore.) led off the bottom of the inning with a single, and Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.) was hit by a pitch. After Doug Kincaid (Portland, Ore.) walked to load the bases, Bryndon Ecklund (Elma, Wash.) sent a single into left field that scored Oleszczuk and Hendrickson. Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) followed with a double to left-center field that drove in Kincaid and Ecklund to give the Redhawks a 4-0 advantage.
Dalton earned his first victory of the season after allowing just three hits and two walks in five innings while striking out three batters. Blaine Jones (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Kyle Doyle (Covington, Wash.), and Eric Yardley (Richland, Wash.) pitched a scoreless inning of relief apiece to keep Seattle U ahead. With the bases loaded in the seventh, Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) was hit by a pitch to force in Nick Latta (Tacoma, Wash.), and Kincaid's sacrifice fly drove in Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) to increase the Redhawk advantage to 6-0.
In the top of the ninth, Bobby Twedt led off by advancing to second base on an error, and Josh Greiner walked. Mason Stidham (Star, Idaho) came on in relief of Jake Chutney (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), but he gave up a three-run home run to Chandler Tracy to cut the Redhawk lead in half. Evan Ewing (Spokane, Wash.) replaced Stidham and sandwiched two strikeouts around a single to pick up his first save of the season.
Oleszczuk went 3-for-5, while Latta finished 2-for-3 in the game. No Saint Martin's hitter earned more than one hit in the game. Nate O'Bryan took the loss, allowing six hits, one walk, and four runs in six innings of work, striking out three Redhawk batters.
Seattle University (6-5) will welcome Saint Joseph's, currently facing Washington in a four-game weekend series at Husky Ballpark, to Bannerwood Stadium for a two-game midweek series, starting Tuesday, March 6, at 4 p.m., and concluding Wednesday, March 7, at 1 p.m. Live stats and live audio of both games will be available on GoSeattleU.com.