Seattle University took the early lead and never looked back, starting a five-game homestand with a 13-7 victory over Saint Martin's Tuesday afternoon in collegiate baseball action at Bannerwood Stadium in Bellevue.
Landon Cray (Chimacum, Wash.) led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, Ben Ruff (Fife, Wash.) drew a walk, and Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.) reached on a Saint Martin's error to load the bases. Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) cleared the bases with a triple to left-center field, and Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) followed with a single to right field that drove in Narby.
After Nick Latta (Tacoma, Wash.) singled to left field to put runners on the corners with one out, Chris Jaeger (Carmel, Calif.) drove in Olson with a single to right-center field. With two outs, Cray singled to right field, scoring Latta, and Ruff drove in Jaeger with a single to left field to give Seattle U a 7-0 advantage.
In the second inning, Narby and Latta drew walks, and Jaeger followed with a double to left field to drive in both runners. After Saint Martin's broke through with a run in the third inning, Seattle U picked up two more runs in the fourth inning, loading the bases and taking advantage of Saint mistakes and control issues.
Saint Martin's (3-15) enjoyed a big fifth inning, capped by a bases-clearing double from Stephen Mahnken that drove in three Saints to pull the visitors closer at 11-5. Chandler Tracy hit a home run in the seventh inning, but Seattle U increased its lead by two runs in the eighth inning when Zach Aaker (Ravensdale, Wash.) and Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) notched back-to-back doubles, followed by a single by Austen Brand (Tacoma, Wash.).
Skyler Genger (Kent, Wash.) earned his first career collegiate victory after going the first five innings, allowing eight hits and five runs, only one of them earned, while striking out three Saint batters. Connor Moore (West Richland, Wash.) was solid in three innings of work, giving up just two hits and one run with two strikeouts.
Many position players saw action for the Redhawks, with Cray, Latta, and Jaeger each earning two hits during the afternoon. Seattle U collected 12 hits during the game, but left 10 men on base.
Seattle University (6-11) is scheduled to host the Portland Pilots Wednesday, March 13, at 4 p.m. at Bannerwood Stadium. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to GoSeattleU.com for updates, as rain currently in the Puget Sound area may affect the game.