The Seattle University baseball team held down the Nevada offense with great pitching, and timely hits in both games led to a Redhawk sweep of a doubleheader, 2-1 in 10 innings and 4-1, Saturday afternoon at Bannerwood Park.
In game one, Nevada took the early lead on a second-inning home run from Brett Jones, his first of the season. However, that would be the only run given up by Seattle U starter Brandon Kizer (Marysville, Wash.) in eight innings of work, as he allowed only six hits and two walks while striking out seven Nevada batters.
Seattle U tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when Marcelino Morales (Pasco, Wash.) drew a one-out walk, stole second base, and scored on a double to right-center field by Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.). With two outs in the ninth inning, Seattle U loaded the bases without the benefit of a hit, but Nevada relief pitcher Sean Prihar earned a strikeout to send the game into extra innings.
Nevada (25-21) had runners on first and third with two outs in the top of the 10th inning, but Kyle Doyle (Covington, Wash.) induced a flyout to end the Wolf Pack threat. Somers led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a single, and pinch hitter Michael Tevlin (Billings, Mont.) followed with a double to right field. After Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) was intentionally walked, Prihar forced Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) to hit into a double play, with Garrett Yrigoyen throwing out Somers at the plate.
Zach Aaker (Ravensdale, Wash.) was intentionally walked to again set up a force play at any base, but pinch hitter Jace Sloan (Puyallup, Wash.) laced a shot into the right-center field gap, allowing Tevlin to score the game-winning run. Doyle earned his first career victory, allowing three hits in two innings of relief with one strikeout, while Prihar took the loss for Nevada.
The Redhawks started their offense in the second game with back-to-back singles from Morales and Trent Oleszczuk (Beaverton, Ore.), followed by a sacrifice bunt from Somers. Sloan hit a bouncing ball that eluded Wolf Pack first baseman Jones, scoring both Morales and Oleszczuk to give Seattle U a 2-0 lead.
Seattle U increased its lead in the second inning as Aaker led off with a single, advanced to third on a double by Nick Latta (Tacoma, Wash.), and scored on a sacrifice fly from Tevlin. The potential to score more runs was there, but Latta was thrown out after overrunning second base as he anticipated Aaker being sent home on his double.
Seafth Howe (Seattle, Wash.) retired the first eight batters he faced before allowing Nevada runners to reach on a bunt single as well as his own throwing error in the third inning. The senior induced a flyout to end that inning, and then he set down nine of the next 11 Wolf Pack batters to keep Nevada off the scoreboard.
Howe did not run into significant trouble again until the seventh inning, when he hit Yrigoyen with a pitch, followed by Ryan Teel popping up a bunt attempt that fell between Howe and Somers. Joe Kohan drove in Yrigoyen with a single to center field, but Howe struck out Nevada pinch hitter Tommy Niebergall to keep Seattle U ahead, 3-1.
Seattle U added an insurance run in the eighth inning when Oleszczuk singled, advanced to second on a passed ball, reached third on a Somers sacrifice bunt, and scored on a single by Sloan. Eric Yardley (Richland, Wash.) came on in the ninth inning and picked up his fourth save of the season, protecting Howe's fourth victory of 2012.
Sitting at the top of the order since Wednesday's game against Santa Clara, Morales went 4-for-7 in the doubleheader with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored. Sloan finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBI, Aaker went 3-for-7 with a walk and a run scored, and Tevlin hit 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Jay Anderson went 3-for-4 in game one of the doubleheader, while Yrigoyen and Jones each finished the opener 2-for-4. Kewby Meyer and Kohan were both 2-for-4 in game two of the twinbill. The Wolf Pack lost despite quality starts from both Bradey Shipley and Tom Jameson, as well as a solid relief performance from Colby Blueberg in game one, as he allowed only a walk and a hit batter in 2 2/3 innings of relief with four strikeouts.
Seattle University (21-19) will look to sweep the weekend series over Nevada Sunday, May 6, at Bannerwood Park beginning at 12 p.m. Live stats and live video of the game will be available on GoSeattleU.com.