MISSOULA, Mont. (March 17) – Seattle University softball rolled by Maine, 10-1 in five innings, Friday at the Grizzly Classic. The Redhawks also fell, 4-3, at Montana, later in the day.
“We hit the ball really well today,” said Coach Geoff Hirai. “If we had taken better care of the little things, we could have come away with two wins.”
In the first game of the weekend, SU (7-17) scored three runs in the top of the first and then blew the game open with a six-run fourth inning. Andie Larkins put together a terrific pitching performance, including a season-high eight strikeouts.
Nicole Bolasky led off the contest with a single and then moved to second on an error. After a Paige Bouska sacrifice bunt, Kaylee Ree walked to put runners at the corners for Madison Cathcart. The freshman singled through the right side, bringing in Bolasky. Ree and Cathcart advanced via wild pitch and then Maddy Kristjanson walked to load the bases. Megan Ottino followed with another walk to drive in Ree. A Kayla Gonzales base hit played another run as SU grabbed a 3-0 advantage and forced the Black Bears to go to their bullpen.
Larkins recorded two looking strikeouts in the bottom of the first, posting a 1-2-3 frame.
Bouska and Ree both singled in the second, but the Redhawks were unable to score. In the bottom of the third inning, Maine put runners at second and third with one out. Larkins got a key strikeout, and after a walk loaded the bases, came up with another K to close the threat.
Seattle U notched six hits in the fourth, chasing another Maine pitcher and breaking the game open. Alyson Matriotti singled and Bolasky reached on a fielder’s choice. A Bouska base hit put runners at first and third with one out. Ree drew another walk. Cathcart blasted a double to left center, clearing the bases and making it a 6-1 margin. Singles by Kristjanson and Loomis brought in another run and sent Maine’s hurler to the showers. Gonzales greeted reliever Erin Bogdanovich with an RBI double and then Susanne Morris grounded out to second, allowing Loomis to score for a 9-1 lead.
In the fifth, Erika Rodgers singled and eventually got to third with Cathcart at the plate. Cathcart singled, driving in her fifth run of the game. The Black Bears loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half of the inning, but Larkins was again ready to thwart her foes. She notched a swinging strikeout and then ended the contest with a looking K.
Larkins gave up six hits and one run in five innings. Cathcart went 3-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored, leading a Redhawk attack that piled up 13 hits. Bouska and Gonzales each had two hits, while Ree had a hit and a pair of walks.
Montana went ahead of SU, 1-0, in the first inning, but the Redhawks rallied with three runs in the third. Hits by Bolasky and Ree get things started. Cathcart singled to load the bases for Kristjanson. The shortstop hit a sac fly to tie the game at 1. Loomis lashed a single down the right field line, bringing in two runs to put Seattle U ahead, 3-1.
The hosts tied the game with two runs in the sixth. SU could not score in the top of the seventh and the Grizzlies put together a walk and a double to close the contest in their half at bat.
Alyssa Reuble threw six innings, allowing six hits and three runs. Bolasky and Bouska had two hits apiece, as Bolasky also walked and scored a run.
On Saturday, the Redhawks face Maine at 10 a.m. and Montana at 2:30 p.m.