Seattle University scored early and kept Northern Colorado off the scoreboard, holding the Bears to just three hits as the Redhawks completed the weekend series sweep with a 6-0 victory Sunday afternoon in Western Athletic Conference baseball action at Bannerwood Park.
Chase Fields (Ontario, Ore.) led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and a steal of second base, and he advanced to third on a bunt single by Griffin Andreychuk (Nanaimo, B.C.). Landon Cray (Chimacum, Wash.) drove in Fields with a single to center field, and then, after two flyouts, Brock Carpenter (Milton, Wash.) hit a two-out, two-run double to right-center field. Carpenter would come around to score on a single to right-center field by Grant Newton (Bend, Ore.).
Seattle U added another run in the second inning when Andreychuk hit a one-out single, advanced to third on a single by Cray, and scored on a sacrifice fly to left field hit by Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.). The Redhawks would score their sixth and final run of the game in the fourth inning when Fields hit a double to left field, advanced to third on an Andreychuk single, and scored on a single to left-center field hit by Cray.
The Redhawks pitchers did the rest of the work, beginning with starter Connor Moore (West Richland, Wash.), who allowed the first two Bear batters of the game to reach base before pitching out of that jam. He struck out nine batters in six innings of work, retiring 13 of the final 15 hitters he faced. Austin Hansen (Mukilteo, Wash.), Andrew Olson (Enumclaw, Wash.), and Ted Hammond (Shoreline, Wash.) each pitched an inning of scoreless relief to complete the shutout.
“It started with Connor on the mound, and he was efficient today with nine punchouts in six innings,” Seattle U head coach Donny Harrel said. “We needed to get away from scoring just one run in an inning when we have the chance for more, so the four-run first inning was big for us. I am really proud of the guys for attacking game three the same way they attacked games one and two to give us the sweep, especially here at Bannerwood where we haven’t played a lot so far this season. This should give us some momentum heading to Portland and New Mexico State this week.”
The top of Seattle U’s batting order – Fields, Andreychuk, and Cray, combined to go 8-for-13 with five runs scored and two runs batted in, while Carpenter and Colin Peterson (Bellingham, Wash.) also earned two hits apiece as the Redhawks finished with 14 hits.
Northern Colorado (5-30, 0-12 WAC) was held to three hits, but left nine runners on base as the Bears could not take advantage of three Redhawk errors and three of their own batters being hit by a pitch. The three hits are the fewest allowed by the Redhawks since they gave up just three hits in a 2-1 loss at Cal Poly Feb. 22, 2013.
Seattle University (15-15, 6-3 WAC) heads to Portland to face the University of Portland Pilots for the fifth and final time this season Tuesday, April 15, at 3 p.m. before making the trip to Las Cruces, N.M., to face New Mexico State in a three-game conference series Thursday through Saturday, April 17-19.