Mac Acker (Redmond, Wash.) pitched great in his second start of the season, and the Seattle University offense finally came alive late in the game, as the Redhawks held on to defeat the Cal State Northridge Matadors, 4-2, Sunday afternoon in collegiate baseball action at Matador Field.
Acker was on the mound for eight innings, allowing just four hits, two walks, and one run while striking out six Matador batters. He got stronger as the game went along, retiring 15 of the final 16 CSU Northridge batters that he faced, as he earned his first collegiate victory since March 4, 2012, as a member of the Washington Huskies against Saint Joseph’s.
"Mac stepped up big time today and contolled a very hot offense," Seattle U head coach Donny Harrel said. "His ability to change speeds and control the strike zone was huge. He kept us in it until we broke loose in the seventh. This was a win we needed to get back on track."
In the top of the seventh inning, Brock Carpenter (Milton, Wash.) singled through the left side of the infield, but he was still on first base with two outs. Grant Newton (Bend, Ore.) sent a single up the middle, and Cash McGuire (Kent, Wash.) followed with a ground-rule double as the ball bounced over the wall in left field, driving in Carpenter with the game-tying run.
Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) drove in the go-ahead run, as his single through the left side of the infield scored Newton. Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.) sent a shot down the right field line and legged out a triple, scoring both McGuire and Olson to extend the Redhawks’ lead to 4-1.
Carpenter, the designated hitter throughout the game, went to the mound for the ninth inning and allowed a leadoff double down the left field line by Alexis Mercado. After a lineout and a strikeout, Nicolas Osuna extended the inning with a single up the middle, and William Colantono’s grounder to first base was mishandled, allowing Mercado to score an unearned run and bringing the winning run to the plate. Carpenter induced a groundout by Nick Blaser to pick up his first career save.
Cal State Northridge (4-4) got on the board in the bottom of the third inning as Colantono led off with a walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Blaser, reached third on an infield single from Ryan Raslowsky, and scored on a groundout hit by Chester Pak. Acker was able to strike out Mercado with runners on second and third base to end the inning and avoid any further damage.
Newton, McGuire, and Olson each finished with two hits to lead the Redhawk offense, while no Matador batter was able to collect more than one hit during the afternoon. Seattle U was able to split the weekend series with Cal State Northridge.
Seattle University (5-3) will have a quick turnaround before its next series, heading to St. George, Utah, on Wednesday in preparation for a three-game weekend series against BYU at Bruce Hurst Field, starting Thursday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. local time (12 p.m. Pacific time).