Mac Acker (Redmond, Wash.) pitched a complete game, and Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) accounted for Seattle University’s offense as the Redhawks opened a weekend Western Athletic Conference series with a 3-1 victory over Northern Colorado Friday evening at Bannerwood Park.
Acker gave up seven hits and one run while striking out four Northern Colorado batters in earning his fourth victory of the season. Of the 96 pitches he threw, 66 of them went for strikes, as Acker did not walk anybody during the game.
“He did a great job of not letting them breathe, especially not giving up any freebies on his part. Basically he dominated the game and was the real deal tonight,” Seattle U head coach Donny Harrel said.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the third, Seattle U responded with one out in the bottom of the inning, as Griffin Andreychuk (Nanaimo, B.C.) and Chase Fields (Ontario, Ore.) earned back-to-back singles. Landon Cray (Chimacum, Wash.) drew a two-out walk, and Olson followed with a shot down the left field line for a double, driving in Andreychuk and Fields.
With one out in the fifth inning, Olson sent a 1-0 pitch high over the left field wall for his second home run of the season, providing Seattle U with an insurance run. Acker did the rest, including stranding two Bear runners in scoring position in the eighth inning by inducing back-to-back grounders.
Northern Colorado (5-28, 0-10 WAC) got the early lead in the third inning when Seth Jackson led off with a single through the right side of the infield, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ryan Yamane, and came around to score on a single to left field by Jensen Park. However, the inning ended for the Bears when Park took off for second on a pitch and was doubled off on a flyout to right field, one of three double plays Northern Colorado hit into during the night.
Josh Tinnon took the loss for the Bears, allowing nine hits, four walks, and three runs in 8 2/3 innings of work, throwing 135 pitches in the effort. Park was the only Northern Colorado hitter with more than one hit, going 2-for-4, while Fields, Cray, Olson, and Brock Carpenter (Milton, Wash.) collected two hits apiece for the Redhawks.
“Our emphasis every game is picking up victories and percentage points towards qualifying for the WAC Tournament,” added Harrel. “I thought our focus level was good, and every aspect of our game was better tonight.”
Seattle University (13-15, 4-3 WAC) and Northern Colorado continue the weekend series Saturday, April 12, starting at 2 p.m. at Bannerwood Park. Live stats and live video of the game will be available on GoSeattleU.com.