The Seattle University baseball team rebounded from Friday's tough defeat, coming from behind three times, the final time in the eighth inning, to defeat Washington State for the first time since 1968, 5-4, Saturday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field.
With two outs in the top of the eighth inning, Trent Oleszczuk (Beaverton, Ore.) sent a shot all the way to the left field wall for a double, and Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.) drew a walk. Riley Tompkins (Lynnwood, Wash.) drove both Redhawks in with a double to the gap in left-center field, pulling Seattle U ahead.
Garrett Anderson (Kennewick, Wash.) earned his fourth victory of the season, pitching 3 2/3 innings of relief and allowing only two hits, one walk, and one run while striking out four batters. Eric Yardley (Richland, Wash.) picked up his second save of the year with a perfect ninth inning, striking out both Derek Jones and Taylor Ard to end the game.
Seattle U scored in the top of the first inning as Oleszczuk led off with a walk and came around to score on a double to right-center field by Somers. Washington State answered right away in the bottom of the first inning, as back-to-back singles by Jason Monda and Tommy Richards, a double from Jones, and a single by Adam Nelubowich gave the Cougars a 2-1 advantage.
The Redhawks pulled even in the top of the second inning when Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) drew a one-out walk, advanced to second on a single by Grant Newton (Bend, Ore.), and came around to score when home plate was vacated after Marcelino Morales (Pasco, Wash.) laid down a successful bunt single. The Cougars once again responded in the bottom of the inning as Collin Slaybaugh led off with a double, advanced to third on a balk by Redhawk starter Seafth Howe (Seattle, Wash.), and scored on a sacrifice fly from Richards.
With one out in the top of the fifth inning, Somers singled to center field, and Tompkins followed with a double to right field. Bryndon Ecklund (Elma, Wash.) drove in Somers with a single through the right side of the infield and later stole second base to put two Redhawk runners in scoring position, but they were left stranded on the basepaths.
Washington State (15-13) scored for the first time since the second inning when, with one out in the seventh inning, Ard launched the ball over the wall in left-center field for his fifth home run of the season, giving the Cougars a 4-3 lead.
Seattle U last defeated Washington State March 23, 1968, in Lewiston, Idaho, 11-3. The visitors had not won a game over the Cougars in Pullman since a 10-4 victory in the first game of a doubleheader May 2, 1964.
Seattle University (15-12) returns home and welcomes BYU Cougars for a four-game series next weekend, starting with a doubleheader Thursday, April 12, beginning at 3 p.m. at Bannerwood Stadium in Bellevue. Seattle U and BYU will also face each other in a single game Friday, April 13, at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma starting at 6 p.m. before concluding the series back at Bannerwood Stadium Saturday, April 14, at 12 noon.