SEATTLE – Seattle University outhit No. 7 Washington 12-7 and made a five-run fourth inning stick to beat the Huskies, 6-3, Tuesday in a non-conference game at Husky Ballpark.
The Redhawks (21-19) have won both of the matchups this season between the two schools.
Washington dropped to 29-11-1 on the season, 13-6-1 in non-conference games.
The first inning proved to be a sign of things ahead for the Huskies. Starting pitcher Will Ballowe got off to a shaky start facing seven Redhawks’ batters, but managed to escape a bases-loaded jam after allowing only one run to cross the plate. After Cullen Hendrickson singled home Chase Fields to make it 1-0, Ballowe struck out Brock Carpenter and got Sam Finter to lineout to right field.
The Dawgs answered back in the bottom of the first scoring an unearned run off starter Grant Gunning. Andrew Ely reached with one out on a throwing error by Gunning and came around to score after a two out hit by Brian Wolfe moved him to third, followed by a Trevor Mitsui run-scoring single.
Mitsui’s hit continued a streak of him reaching base in 36 of 37 games.
Washington tacked on two more runs in the second with two outs to take a 3-1 advantage. Erik Forgione started the rally with a single and got into scoring position by swiping second base with Braden Bishop at bat. Bishop promptly rolled a single through the hole between third and short to score Forgione and took second on the throw home. Ely followed with a solid single to center that plated Bishop.
That was all the Huskies would muster off Gunning (2-1) and reliever Andrew Olson. After the second inning, the Huskies only had two hits, including one more off Gunning. Gunning allowed three runs on six hits and struck out two.
Seattle U send 10 batters to the plate and scored five times in the fourth off Brandon Choate (2-1) to take a 6-3 lead that they would never give up. Hendrickson provided the big hit, a two-out, bases-loaded triple.
Michael McCann and Carpenter also had run-scoring singles for the Redhawks other two runs.
Bishop and Mitsui had two hits to lead the Huskies’ offense.
The Huskies return to Pac-12 action with a three-game road series at Utah, Friday through Sunday. All three games are scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. PT.
Seattle U 6, #7 Washington 3
SU 100 500 000 –- 6 12 1
WASH 120 000 00x –- 3 6 0
Will Ballowe, Brandon Choate (3), Alex Nesbitt (6), Trevor Dunlap (7) and Parker Guinn. Grant Gunning, Andrew Olson (8) and Brian Olson. W – Gunning (2-). L – Choate (2-1). Sv – Olson (1). HR – none. 3B – SU, Cullen Hendrickson. 2B – SU, Chase Fields. Time – 2:33. Attendance – 827.