For the second straight Sunday, the combination of timely hitting and solid pitching allowed Seattle University to win a weekend series on the road, this time defeating the University of Portland Pilots, 9-3, at Joe Etzel Field.
Portland (4-12) started the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Ryan Barr led off with a single and Colin Sowers followed with a walk. Both runners advanced one base on a sacrifice bunt, and Jeff Melby drove in Barr with a single, followed by a groundout from Beau Fraser that scored Sowers.
Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) led off the top of the second inning with a single, and Ben Ruff (Fife, Wash.) hit a one-out single to center field. Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) followed with his own single to center field, and Olson came around from second to score the Redhawks' first run of the game.
Cash McGuire (Kent, Wash.) led off the top of the third inning by reaching on a Portland error and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) laced a double to right-center field to drive in McGuire and tie the game at 2-2. Olson singled, Grant Newton (Bend, Ore.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Roberts drew a two-out walk, forcing in Narby with the go-ahead run.
The Redhawks broke the game open in the sixth inning as Roberts led off with a single, Chase Fields (Ontario, Ore.) was hit by a pitch, and McGuire reached on a Pilot error for the second time in the game. With the bases loaded and one out, Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.) launched a pitch from Portland reliever Billy Sahlinger over the right field wall for a grand slam, extended Seattle U's lead to 7-2.
In the seventh inning, Ruff led off with a walk, and Roberts followed with an infield single. After Landon Cray (Chimacum, Wash.) laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners, Fields drove in Ruff with a single, and Roberts would hustle home as Portland's defense once again showed its issues.
The Pilots were able to score once in the eighth inning when Barr led off with a double and advanced to third on a Redhawk error, followed by a single from Kevin Farley that drove Barr in.
Kyle Doyle (Covington, Wash.) won his second game of the season after pitching six innings, allowing just five hits, three walks, and two runs while striking out three batters. Skyler Genger (Kent, Wash.) struck out two batters in the seventh inning, Jake Chutney (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) gave up an unearned run in the eighth inning, and Eric Yardley (Richland, Wash.) closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Roberts finished the game 4-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and two runs batted in, while Somers went 3-for-3 and Olson ended up 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Barr led the Pilots with a 2-for-2 performance with a walk and two runs scored.
Seattle University (5-11) is scheduled to begin a five-game homestand Tuesday, March 12, against Saint Martin's at 4 p.m. at Bannerwood Stadium in Bellevue. With the weather forecast calling for rain, fans are encouraged to stay up-to-date on any changes by visiting GoSeattleU.com.