SEATTLE — Seattle University ended the BYU baseball team’s four-game winning streak Saturday afternoon at Bannerwood Park with a 5-2 victory over the Cougars.
The Redhawks (16-15) handcuffed BYU, limiting the Cougars (17-13) to four hits —singles in the second, fourth and ninth innings. SU lefty Garrett Anderson and reliever Jake Chutney combined for eight shutout innings.
“He (Anderson) pitched well, but we could have gotten to him,” BYU coach Vance Law said. “We waited way too long to get things going.”
BYU mustered a pair of unearned runs in the ninth but could not establish momentum throughout the game despite several jumpstarts.
In the second inning, Cougar third baseman Dillon Robinson hit a two-out single to advance Alex Wolfe, who singled earlier that frame, but the rally ended with a pop-up. Meanwhile, the Redhawks countered with two-runs in the bottom of the second off the first of two BYU errors.
When Cougar lefty Daniel Welch replaced starter Cameron Keysor in the fourth, BYU escaped a bases-loaded situation when two Redhawks flied out to end a threat.
BYU first baseman Brock Whitney minimized the damage in the fifth when he went across the diamond to third to throw out the leadoff batter for an out.
Wes Guenther got out No. 1 in the sixth when he threw out a Redhawk at second with a swipe tag by shortstop Austin Hall. That sparked the only one-two-three put-down of the afternoon.
When freshman reliever James Lengal took the mound with the bases loaded with one out in the seventh, he fanned the Redhawk batter, but then was called for a balk leading to SU’s fifth run.
“Lengal and (Matt) Milke threw well,” said Law. “We need to eliminate walks and hit batters leading off. Instead of nibbling, we are trying to teach our staff to trust their stuff.”
Overall, the Cougars took the series with SU, winning three of four games in the road trip in Seattle after splitting with the Redhawks last month in Provo.
BYU continues non-league play this Tuesday when it hosts Utah in the finale of the Deseret Duel at 6 p.m.
Ralph R. Zobell has worked for BYU Athletic Media Relations in various capacities for over 30 years. You can view his bio at http://byucougars.com/staff/athletics/ralph-zobell or contact him at [email protected].