The combination of Seafth Howe (Seattle, Wash.) and Garrett Anderson (Kennewick, Wash.) held Saint Joseph's scoreless, and one run early in the game was enough for Seattle University, as the Redhawks completed a two-game sweep of the Hawks with a 1-0 victory Wednesday afternoon at Bannerwood Stadium.
Howe pitched eight innings, giving up only three hits and two walks while striking out four Hawk batters. He threw 101 pitches, 60 of them for strikes, in picking up his second victory of the season. One day after pitching 3 2/3 innings, Anderson came on in relief in the ninth inning and needed only nine pitches in earning his first career save.
With one out in the second inning, Josh Kutz (Seattle, Wash.) drew a walk. He advanced to third when a pickoff throw from Hawk starter Shane Carey could not be handled by first baseman Kevin Taylor. Carey committed the second of three balks to allow Kutz to come home.
Saint Joseph's (1-11) was held to three hits, but advanced runners to third base on three occasions, all with two outs. The biggest threat came in the eighth inning, as Tim Craig doubled to put runners on second and third with two outs, but Howe forced Chris Hueth to ground out to third base to end the inning.
Seattle U also left six runners on base during the game, as the Redhawks were held to four hits by three different Saint Joseph's pitchers. In the third inning, Marcelino Morales (Pasco, Wash.) walked, stole second base, and advanced to third on a balk with nobody out, but three Redhawk batters were unable to drive him in.
No batter for either team was able to earn more than one hit in the game. Morales went 1-for-2 with a walk and two stolen bases in the contest, while Bryndon Ecklund (Elma, Wash.) picked up Seattle U's only extra-base hit with a double in the sixth inning.
Seattle University (8-5) will head to northern California to face UC Davis in a three-game series this weekend. The Redhawks will then return home for a single game against the Connecticut Huskies Monday, March 12, starting at 4 p.m. at Bannerwood Stadium.