Baseball walks past Seattle in doubleheader road split
By SCOTT WARD
BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Northern Colorado's first three batters combined to draw eight walks, and the Bears scored four late runs in a 4-1 win Friday in the first game of a doubleheader against Seattle at Bannerwood Stadium.
Those freebies helped Northern Colorado coax a season-high 10 walks in its first game against the Redhawks and guarantee itself a Friday doubleheader split against Seattle, who turned the tables for a come-from-behind 4-3 loss in the nightcap.
Yamane's third walk of the game came in the seventh, with the Bears (9-12) tied with Seattle (13-10) at 1-1. It loaded the bases with just one out, and he moved to second in the next at-bat and Derek Baum scored Northern Colorado's go-ahead run after a Redhawks wild pitch.
Coy followed with a two-RBI double to left field, scoring Yamane and Dylan Banach, who reached with a bunt single.
Freshman reliever Jess Amedee struggled mightily Sunday afternoon in Greeley in a get-work-in appearance against South Dakota State, but he got right back to action Friday with four innings of solid relief in place of lefty-starter Nate Steinmetz.
Amedee came on in the sixth and earned his second win of the season (2-1) after the Bears' seventh-inning rally. He allowed just two hits over the Redhawks' last three at-bats and struck out two.
Seattle took a one-run lead in the second after Nate Roberts led off with a double to right-center field and scored when second baseman Trent Oleszczuk smacked a hitters-count single through the left side, between Hilker and third baseman Tony Crudo.
Yamane drew a one-out walk in the sixth and tied the game later when Adrian Schenk reached on a fielder's choice. His five-pitch, one-out walk in the seventh set the stage for the Bears' comeback.
The Bears continued their momentum into the nightcap and took a quick 2-0 lead in top of the first before falling behind 3-2 in bottom of the fourth. After tying the game 3-3 in the fifth, Seattle went ahead for good with a tainted run in the seventh—aided by a hit batter and a walk.
Freshman Jensen Park, hitting in the sixth spot in head coach Carl Iwasaki's lineup, stroked a single up the middle with two outs in the first and scored Schenk and Hilker.
After Seattle tied it in the second and went ahead by a run in the fourth, Crudo and Park hit back-to-back one-out singles in the top of the fifth, and Crudo scored on Colby Harrison's at-bat when Harrison reached on a fielding error by Oleszczuk.
Chris Hammer started on the mound for Northern Colorado in game two and gave up three runs (two earned) in four innings. Usual starter Joe Willman pitched four strong innings in relief (one run) but was tagged with the loss after Seattle's seventh-inning score.
Hammer and Willman each struck out four and walked one.
QUICK RECAP: The Bears' one run allowed in the first game is the fewest they have given up this season … Freshman Jess Amedee (2-1) earned his second win of the season with a four-inning relief appearance in game one … Amedee followed lefty starter Nate Steinmetz, who struck out five and walked five … Northern Colorado trailed 1-0 heading into the sixth before putting up one run in the sixth and three in the seventh … The Bears' 1-2-3 hitters (Ryan Yamane, Casey Coy and Adam Hilker) combined to draw eight walks in game one … As a team, the Bears drew a season-high 10 walks in game one … Northern Colorado took a quick 2-0 lead in top of the first in the second game before falling behind 3-2 in bottom of the fourth … The Bears tied it 3-3 in the fifth and lost the game in the seventh … Northern Colorado outhit the Redhawks 9-6 … Chris Hammer started on the mound and gave up three runs (two earned) in four innings … Usual starter Joe Willman pitched four strong innings in relief (one run) but was tagged with the loss after Seattle's seventh-inning score … Hammer and Willman each struck out four and walked one.