The combination of a season-high 17 hits as well as an eight-inning performance from starting pitcher Brandon Kizer (Marysville, Wash.) in which he gave up only four hits led to an 11-1 victory for the Seattle University baseball team over Ohio State Saturday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium.
Kizer allowed only a first-inning leadoff walk and RBI triple before getting into trouble in the eighth inning with two singles and a walk that loaded the bases with no one out. However, the senior induced two shallow fly balls and a grounder to shortstop Trent Oleszczuk (Beaverton, Ore.) to get out of the jam without any runs scoring for the Buckeyes.
Down 1-0, Seattle U came right back in the top of the second inning, as Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a single by Bryndon Ecklund (Elma, Wash.), reached third on a sacrifice bunt from Doug Kincaid (Portland, Ore.), and scored on a single by Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) to tie the game at 1-1.
In the top of the third inning, Nick Latta (Tacoma, Wash.) drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and came around to score on a double to right-center field by Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.). Roberts hit a ground ball to Buckeye third baseman Ryan Leffel, but his throw was not on target, allowing Olson to come around to score and Roberts to advance to second base.
Ecklund followed with a single up the middle that brought home Roberts, and Ecklund was able to advance to second base on Ohio State starter Brian King's second wild pitch of the inning. Narby earned his second RBI of the game, once again driving in Ecklund with a single to extend Seattle U's lead to 5-1.
Seattle U broke the game open in the middle innings, starting with a run in the fifth inning when Kincaid doubled to left-center field and came around to score on two passed balls given up by Buckeye catcher Aaron Gretz. In the sixth inning, Olson and Jace Sloan (Puyallup, Wash.) led off with back-to-back singles, with both runners advancing one base on a sacrifice bunt by Roberts. Olson scored on a sacrifice fly by Ecklund, and Sloan would advance to third on a wild pitch and score on a single to right field by Kincaid.
In the seventh inning, Oleszczuk led off with a walk, and Latta followed with his first home run of the season, a shot over the left field wall, to increase the Redhawks' lead. Oleszczuk earned his first hit of the game in the ninth inning, advanced to second on Olson's fifth hit of the contest, and came around to score on a single by pinch hitter Eric Koenig (Auburn, Wash.).
Olson's five-hit performance was the most hits in a single game by a Seattle U player since the baseball program returned to intercollegiate competition in 2010. Every Redhawk starter collected either a hit or a run scored, with Ecklund and Narby earning two hits and two runs batted in apiece.
Seattle University (22-23) will face Ohio State (29-22) in the rubber game of the weekend series Sunday, May 13, beginning at 1:05 p.m. local time (10:05 a.m. Pacific time). Dan Giuliani will provide the broadcast of the contest on GoSeattleU.com, beginning with the pregame show at 9:40 a.m. Pacific time.