On the day in which the senior class was honored, several veterans played important roles in Seattle University's 2-1 victory over Portland Saturday afternoon at Bellevue College's Courter Field.
Starting pitcher Brandon Kizer (Marysville, Wash.) pitched eight innings, allowing five hits, one walk, and one unearned run while he struck out six opposing batters. He worked his way out of a jam in the third inning, fielding a bunt by Brian Frattali and throwing out Michael Lucarelli attempting to score, starting a stretch in which he set down 10 Pilot batters in a row.
With two outs in the fourth inning, Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) singled, and Doug Kincaid (Portland, Ore.) reached on an error by Portland second baseman Kris Kauppila. Grant Newton (Bend, Ore.) laced a single into left-center field, allowing Roberts to come around and score the first run of the game.
In the top of the eighth inning, Sam Westendorf led off with a single, and Frattali was able to reach base when Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) could not field his sacrifice bunt attempt. After Turner Gill lined into a double play, Caleb Whalen was hit by a pitch, and Kauppila send a single through the left side of the infield, scoring Frattali to tie the game.
Olson redeemed himself in the bottom of the eighth inning, sending a double down the left field line and advancing to third on a Portland passed ball. With the infield drawn in, Riley Tompkins (Lynnwood, Wash.) hit a bouncer over Lucarelli's head, scoring Olson.
Eric Yardley (Richland, Wash.) came on in the ninth inning, gave up a two-out double to Bo Cornish, but forced Westendorf to hit a comebacker to the mound, giving Yardley his fifth save of the season. Brandon Snyder took the loss for Portland after pitching just 1/3 of an inning in relief of Pilot starter Chris Johnson, who allowed seven hits, a walk, and an unearned run in seven innings.
Tompkins and Kincaid, two of the seniors honored before the game, led the Redhawk offense with 2-for-4 performances. Westendorf led the Pilots with a 2-for-5 output at the plate.
Seattle University (23-29) will look to end the season the way it started for the Redhawks, with a weekend series victory, as Seattle U hosts Portland (26-25) at Courter Field starting at 12 noon Sunday, May 27.