After falling behind in the eighth inning, the Seattle University baseball team rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning, punctuated by a three-run home run from senior Riley Tompkins (Lynnwood, Wash.), to defeat the University of British Columbia, 5-4, Wednesday afternoon at Bannerwood Stadium.
Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.) was hit by a pitch, and a ground ball hit by Trent Oleszczuk (Beaverton, Ore.) went through the legs of UBC third baseman Mike Hole, putting runners on first and second with no one out. After Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) laid down a successful sacrifice bunt, Tompkins launched a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right field for his third home run of the season to complete the comeback.
British Columbia (21-15) took the lead in the eighth inning as Ryan Taylor singled to right field and Jerod Bartnik drew a walk. Nick Senior singled to left field, driving in Taylor with the game-tying run. After Eric Yardley (Richland, Wash.) came on in relief of Kyle Doyle (Covington, Wash.), Hole hit a liner to right field, where Doug Kincaid (Portland, Ore.) attempted to make a diving catch, but the ball eluded him for a triple, scoring two runs to give the Thunderbirds a 4-2 advantage.
Seattle U took the early lead as Roberts was hit by a pitch in the first inning, advanced to third on a single by Tompkins, and scored on a single from Bryndon Ecklund (Elma, Wash.). In the second inning, Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) led off with a home run over the wall in left field, his first collegiate home run, to give the Redhawks a 2-0 advantage.
Bryan Dalton (Vancouver, Wash.) enjoyed his best start of the season, allowing only four hits, two walks, and one run in seven innings of work while striking out eight Thunderbird batters, the most strikeouts by any Redhawk pitcher in a single game this season. Yardley picked up his second victory of the season with 1 2/3 innings of two-hit relief with one strikeout.
British Columbia used six different pitchers in the midweek contest, with Nathan Kirby picking up the loss after allowing two hits and three runs, two of them earned, in 2 1/3 innings of work. Taylor and Andrew Firth each went 2-for-4 to lead the Thunderbird offense, while Olson paced the Redhawks with a 3-for-3 effort, plus he drew a walk to reach base on all four plate appearances in the game.
Seattle University (17-16) welcomes Concordia University to Bannerwood Stadium for a two-game series, starting Friday, April 20, at 6 p.m. and concluding Saturday, April 21, at 1 p.m. Also, tickets are still available for next Monday's contest between the Redhawks and the Washington State Cougars at Everett Memorial Stadium beginning at 6:30 p.m. through the Everett Aqua Sox ticket office.