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UND BASEBALL: Six-run fourth inning not enough to beat Redhawks

Seattle baseball coach Donny Harrel gave an accurate assessment to Sunday’s Western Athletic Conference series finale against North Dakota.

“Tough day to be a pitcher,” Harrel said.

Seattle racked up 12 hits and survived UND’s six-run fourth inning in taking a 12-9 victory at Kraft Field.

The Redhawks took two of three games against UND this weekend to gain an edge in the WAC standings. The two teams came in tied for third in the league. Seattle improved to 9-6 in the WAC, while UND, in its first year in the conference, dropped to 8-7.

“We had good resiliency,” Harrel said. “We got some runs early, but Jeff’s club battled back. It wasn’t us giving anything away, either. They had seven hits in that inning. That’s not something you expect to give up defensively, but we hung in there.”

Seattle jumped out to a 7-2 lead by the top half of the third inning as it got to UND starter Jeff Campbell early. Campbell went 6.1 innings, giving up 13 hits and 11 earned runs.

But UND didn’t go quietly. UND hung a six-spot in the bottom of the fourth inning behind seven hits, highlighted by a two-run double by Dalton Parrott. UND sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning, which ended with UND leading 9-7.

Seattle’s bullpen, though, was up to the challenge, led by Garrett Anderson, who went 5.1 innings and allowed just two hits and no runs. He lowered his season earned-run average to 1.48.

“I think (UND) is going to win some games, so this helps us if it comes down to a tiebreaker with us,” Harrel said. “They’re going to be tougher than heck. They have some nice offensive weapons. They’ll keep getting better, too, because it took them awhile to get outside. They’re going to be a good team in our conference and make a push for the tournament.”

Seattle retook the lead with a three-run sixth inning, followed by added insurance runs in the seventh and eighth.

“They’re real good,” UND coach Jeff Dodson said. “They executed well and created some things. We didn’t play it too bad, but they executed so well that we couldn’t defend some things.”

UND, which dropped to 8-20 overall, now prepares for a rivalry matchup with North Dakota State on Tuesday in Fargo. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Newman Outdoor Field.

UND plans to pitch Patrick Riewer against the Bison. Riewer, who played right field and hit leadoff in the Seattle series, will be making his first start of the season.

“Patrick’s going to start and give us everything he has,” Dodson said. “We’re going down to battle and pick up a win.”

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 13 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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