Behind a solid start by freshman Garrett Anderson (Kennewick, Wash.) and an opportunistic offense, Seattle University completed a two-game sweep of Concordia University with a 9-4 victory Saturday afternoon under sunny skies at Bannerwood Stadium.
Concordia starter Jason Snodgrass struggled at the beginning of the game, hitting both Trent Oleszczuk (Beaverton, Ore.) and Michael Tevlin (Billings, Mont.) with pitches to lead off the bottom of the first inning. On a ground ball to first base by Riley Tompkins (Lynnwood, Wash.), Sean Myrom threw out Tevlin at second base, but Jordan Keeker's relay back to first base was an overthrow, allowing Oleszczuk to come home with the first run of the game.
In the second inning, the Redhawks loaded the bases on singles by Steve Kirbach (Kirkland, Wash.) and Eric Koenig (Auburn, Wash.) and a walk drawn by Doug Kincaid (Portland, Ore.). Oleszczuk drove in Kirbach with a sacrifice fly to right field, and Tevlin followed with a single that scored Koenig. After Tompkins walked, Snodgrass committed a balk that allowed Kincaid to score, extending Seattle U's lead to 4-0.
Kirbach doubled with two outs in the third inning and scored on a single by Koenig to give the Redhawks a 5-0 lead. Meanwhile, Anderson retired the first ten batters he faced before giving up a single to Keeker and a double to Mike Cero in the fourth inning. Keeker attempted to score on a grounder hit toward third base by Myrom, but Koenig gunned down the runner at the plate.
Concordia (20-25) finally broke through in the fifth inning as C.J. Watson led off with a double and scored on a single by Ryan Rodriguez. Jimmy Sanchez reached base on an error, Blake Drake walked to load the bases with one out, and Keeker drove in both Rodriguez and Sanchez with a single to center field. Anderson worked his way out of the jam with a groundout and a flyout to keep Seattle U ahead, 5-3.
The Redhawks added a run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Oleszczuk led off with a single, advanced to third base on back-to-back wild pitches thrown by Cavalier reliever Oliver Wange, and scored on a single up the middle hit by Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.) that deflected off Wange's glove. After Evan Ewing (Spokane, Wash.) came on in relief in the top of the seventh inning, Concordia cut its deficit again to two when Ben Talbot led off with a double, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Drake.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Jace Sloan (Puyallup, Wash.) and Grant Newton (Bend, Ore.) walked, and Kincaid followed with a double down the right field line that scored Sloan, with pinch runner Nick Latta (Tacoma, Wash.) scoring when Myrom could not handle the cutoff throw from Cameron Baker. After a wild pitch from Gage Aker advanced Kincaid to third, Oleszczuk's ground ball right at third baseman Jared Young was misplayed, allowing Kincaid to score the final run of the game.
Anderson earned his sixth victory of the season, allowing seven hits, one walk, and three runs in six innings of work. After Ewing pitched the seventh inning, Blaine Jones (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) and Cory Mack (Spokane, Wash.) each pitched scoreless innings to close out the contest.
Kirbach and Koenig each went 2-for-3, with Kirbach scoring two runs in the game, as did Oleszczuk and Kincaid. Keeker and Watson led the Cavaliers with 2-for-4 performances at the plate, with both of Watson's hits being doubles.
Seattle University (19-16) will host the Washington State Cougars at Everett Memorial Stadium Monday, April 23, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the entry gates beginning at 5:30 p.m., with Seattle U students, faculty, and staff receiving free admission, and members of the U.S. military eligible for two free tickets with a valid military ID.