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In the Swing

Written by Jason Behenna, Athletics
April 5, 2011

It’s probably safe to say that through the first two months of the 2011 baseball season, at least as it relates to the Seattle University squad, the clear winner has been Mother Nature. Every series that Seattle U has played in so far this season has been affected in some way by the weather. The Redhawks have played seven home games at UW’s Husky Ballpark and two games at Courter Field on Bellevue College’s campus because their normal home field, Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, has been affected by the constant rain.

Despite those travails, the Redhawks have already won 10 games this season, just one less victory than in the entire 2010 campaign. Seattle U defeated Washington on March 8, 4-2, the first Redhawk squad to beat the Huskies since the beginning of the return to Division I in 2008. Two weeks later, Seattle U beat nationally-ranked Oregon State on its home field, 5-4. Victories over Notre Dame, Portland, and San Jose State are also included in this year’s early results.

Seattle U begins a stretch of three straight Tuesday games against Washington at Husky Ballpark April 5 starting at 5 p.m. The rematch will take place at Bannerwood Park April 12 at 6 p.m., followed by the season finale between the crosstown rivals at Husky Ballpark April 19 at 5 p.m. After a weekend trip to Nevada April 8-10, the Redhawks will host in-state rivals Saint Martin’s (April 14) and Central Washington (April 15-16). Admission to all Seattle U home baseball games is free for SU faculty and staff, so come out and cheer on the vastly improved Redhawks!

After a tough start against some of the best teams in the country, the Seattle U softball team has started to find its groove, taking two of three games from the University of British Columbia and winning an offensive battle against UNLV in Las Vegas. Now the second season begins, as the Redhawks begin their 20-game schedule within the Pacific Coast Softball Conference (PCSC) Mountain Division.

Seattle U will be playing at Logan Field three straight weekends, beginning April 9-10 with back-to-back doubleheaders against the Weber State Wildcats starting at 12 noon both days. The Utah Valley Wolverines come to town for four games, with a doubleheader April 16 at noon and another one April 17 at 11 a.m. The Redhawks’ home schedule will conclude with division favorite Portland State April 22 and 23, with two games each day starting at noon.

Admission is free for all Seattle U home softball games, and the team is excited when they see the bleachers fill up with their own fans clad in red and white. Come support the softball team as they strive for the PCSC Mountain Division title!