The Seattle University baseball team rallied from two deficits and got solid relief pitching to defeat Cal State Northridge 4-3 Sunday at Matador Field, earning a four-game split on its season-opening series.
With the game tied at 3 in the top of the seventh, Trent Oleszczuk led off with a double to left. Bryndon Ecklund grounded to shortstop Kyle Attl but Attl’s throw to third to get Oleszczuk was late, putting runners on first and third. Michael Tevlin followed with a single to center to drive in Oleszczuk with the eventual game-winner.
Seattle U (2-2) survived a threat in the bottom of the seventh when Conor Spink walked Ridge Carpenter and hit Drew Muren. Bryan Dalton came on in relief and got Justin De Marco to fly to right to end the inning.
Blaine Jones pitched the ninth, allowing a one-out single before getting Carpenter to hit into a game-ending double play.
“The wins this weekend were a great step for our program,” Seattle U coach Donny Harrel said. “To beat a team from Southern California early in the season is always tough. Our bullpen did an amazing job all weekend and (Sunday’s) game was a typical game we gave away last season. Our players have truly matured and will continue to get better.”
Northridge (2-2) took the lead in the first when TS Reed singled, stole second and moved to third on an error before scoring on a ground out by Muren. The Matadors made it 2-0 in the second when Steven Keller singled and scored on a double by Tommy Simis.
Seattle U responded in the third when Oleszczuk led off with a single, moved up on an out, stole third and scored when Josh Kalalau hit his second home run of the season over the left-field wall to tie the game at 2.
Northridge took the lead back in the fourth when Simis doubled down the left-field line and scored on a single by Carpenter. Seattle U tied it again in the fifth when Oleszczuk was hit, moved to second on an Ecklund single, reached third on a bunt and scored on a ground out by Matt Comer.
Spink earned the win in relief, allowing just one hit and one walk in 2 1/3 innings. Seafth Howe got the start for Seattle U, allowing four runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Oleszczuk was the clear star of the weekend for Seattle U. The junior second baseman from Beaverton, Ore. and a transfer from Chemeketa Community College, went 7-for-15 with four runs and two RBI in the four games.
Seattle U now heads home for a three-game series against Notre Dame, starting with a 6 p.m. game Friday at Everett Memorial Stadium. The Redhawks play the Irish at 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.