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#6 Oregon State 4, Seattle U 3 (14)
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Bellevue, Wash. - (SU Media Relations) In a close contest that extended past the four-hour mark, sixth-ranked Oregon State was able to convert on its scoring chance in the 14th inning and held off Seattle University, 4-3, in a non-conference collegiate baseball game Monday afternoon at Bannerwood Park.

With one out in the top of the 14th inning, a fly ball hit to right field by Danny Hayes was misjudged, allowing Hayes to reach second base with a double. Hayes advanced to third on a groundout and then came in to score the game-winning run when Jake Rodriguez hit a ground ball deep into the hole at shortstop and beat the throw to first base.

In the bottom of the 14th inning, Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) hit a ball deep to left field, but Michael Conforto was able to reach out and snag the fly ball. Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) was hit by a pitch, but Oregon State reliever Scott Schultz finished his 7 1/3-inning outing by inducing a flyout to shallow center field.

Oregon State (31-8) took the lead in the second inning when Ryan Barnes reached base on a one-out bunt single and Hayes followed with his second home run of the season, a two-run blast over the wall in right field.

In the bottom of the second inning, Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.) sent a single to center field. With two outs, Nick Latta (Tacoma, Wash.) hit a fly ball to center field, one that was misjudged by Dylan Davis, who slipped trying to recover, allowing Somers to score and Latta to reach third base on a triple. Trying to cut down Latta, shortstop Tyler Smith made an errant throw, giving Latta the chance to score the game-tying run.

Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) led off the fourth inning with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and came around to score on a single up the middle by Cullen Hendrickson (Auburn, Wash.). Meanwhile, Seattle U starter Connor Moore (West Richland, Wash.) was holding the Beaver offense at bay, retiring 10 of the next 11 hitters after Hayes’s home run.

Nate Esposito led off the sixth inning with a walk, and Smith followed with a bunt single. After a failed sacrifice attempt, Conforto drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Will Dennis (Saratoga, Calif.) came on in relief and induced a grounder to second base by Davis, but he was able to beat the relay throw to reach on a fielder’s choice, driving in Smith with the game-tying run.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Brandon Jackson came on in relief and promptly walked Latta and Hendrickson. Max Engelbrekt replaced Jackson and struck out the next two Redhawk batters to end the Seattle U threat and keep the game tied.

Seattle U put together another scoring chance in the seventh inning when Cash McGuire (Kent, Wash.) led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Roberts. Narby was intentionally walked, but Engelbrekt notched a strikeout for the second out of the inning. Beaver reliever Cole Brocker walked Olson to load the bases, but Schultz came on and started his relief effort with a strikeout to leave the bases full of Redhawks.

Smith led off the eighth inning with a fly ball to right field that Narby lost in the sun, reaching third base with a triple. However, Dennis picked up a strikeout and a groundout in which McGuire dove to his left to hold Smith at third. Evan Ewing (Spokane, Wash.) came on and induced Davis to pop up to Latta in foul territory, keeping the Beavers off the board.

Seattle U’s best scoring chance in the extra innings came in the 11th inning, as Chase Fields (Ontario, Ore.) reached base when Smith mishandled his ground ball. After a groundout advanced Fields to second, Roberts hit a ball into the hole at shortstop and beat the throw to first by Smith, but Fields could only advance to third base, and Schultz induced a popout to end the threat.

Eric Yardley (Richland, Wash.) came on in the 10th inning and retired the first 10 batters he saw before Smith and Peterson notched back-to-back singles with one out in the 13th inning. Latta knocked down a hard ground ball by Conforto, and Yardley was able to cover the bag in time for the out. Yardley’s third and final strikeout of his longest outing of the season came at the expense of Davis, stranding the Oregon State runners at second and third.

“Our pitching was great today, and for the most part our defense played well too, especially in some key situations,” Seattle U head coach Donny Harrel said. “We just didn’t take advantage of enough opportunities today, but the guys fought hard against a great team.”

McGuire and Roberts each collected two hits as Seattle U finished the game with 10 hits. Smith led the Beavers’ 11-hit performance with a 3-for-6 effort, while Hayes, Rodriguez, and Andy Peterson finished with two hits apiece. The Redhawks left 14 runners on base and had two runners caught stealing, while Oregon State stranded eight runners to go along with one runner caught stealing.

Seattle University (15-24) will head to northern California for a three-game conference series at San Jose State, starting Friday, April 26, at 6 p.m. The Redhawks return to the Puget Sound region next week for a two-game series against the Oregon Ducks, starting Tuesday, April 30, at Everett Memorial Stadium at 6 p.m.
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