COLLEGE BASEBALL: Seattle shuts out UND
“I hate to leave a guy out there that long,” Harrel said. “But that (UND) offense is too good to maybe give something else up and give them a breath of air.”
Dennis, a left-handed submarine pitcher, stayed until the end, finishing his first career complete-game shutout in a 7-0 Seattle University win over UND at Kraft Field.
The sophomore scattered seven hits and got out of bases-loaded, one-out jams in the second and ninth innings to help the Redhawks become the first team to beat UND in North Dakota this season.
UND previously was 4-0 in its home state, winning three games in Bismarck and one at Kraft Field.
“Will had a great day and we needed that after getting pushed around by this offense yesterday,” Harrel said. “We know they have a really good offense and we have to try to keep the ball down because they have a lot of strength through the middle of their order. That’s Willy’s forte — just keeping the ball on the ground. The opportunities they did have, we got out of it based on his ability to do that.”
In the second inning, Dennis got out of the bases-loaded jam by getting Luis Calvo to line out to short left and striking out Jacob Threlkeld.
In the ninth, Dennis got a pair of groundouts — the first one a comebacker that he forced Jeff Campbell out at home — to seal the victory.
Dennis struck out eight and lowered his ERA to 1.83.
“I thought what he did really well today was throw three pitches for strikes,” UND coach Jeff Dodson said. “That was really impressive by him. He did a great job competing today. Until the seventh inning, we actually hit the ball really hard. I told the guys to stay with their approach and the process. We hit several balls right at guys and some they made nice plays on. Some days that happens. Today was one of those days.”
Campbell, who is expected to start on the mound in today’s series finale (11:30 a.m., Kraft Field), led UND’s offense, going three for four. Patrick Riewer and Dalton Parrott both added two hits.
Lefty Cullen Hendrickson led the offense for the Redhawks, going three for five with four RBI, including a two-run home run over the right-field wall. Hendrickson also homered in Friday’s series opener, which UND won 6-5.
“Hendrickson has really been protecting guys well in front of him,” Dodson said. “We’ve thrown him every pitch in the book. We’ve only got him out one time with a decent result — we froze him on a fastball for a looking third strike. But man, every other pitch, we’ve thrown every pitch at him — right-handed, left-handed — it doesn’t really matter. He’s a great hitter and he’s having a great weekend.”