SEATTLE – (Feb. 9) Seattle University softball scored nine times in the fifth inning, using the rally to take a 13-9 win over Stanford on the first day of the 2018 Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona. The Redhawks also led Notre Dame late before falling, 4-3, on Friday.
“We had a tough loss in the morning,” said Coach Geoff Hirai. “To come back at night and beat a Pac-12 team showed a lot of maturity and growth.”
Stanford struck first for a 4-0 lead in the opening frame, but Seattle U dug in and worked its way back into the game. Ally Choate singled with one out and then Kaylee Ree walked. Madison Cathcart followed with a base hit, as a Cardinal error allowed Choate to score SU’s first run. Later in the rally, Maddy Kristjanson drove in Ree to make it 4-2.
Larkins settled in after that, recording a perfect second inning. In the top of the third, Stanford tripled and attempted to stretch it into a home run, but Nicole Bolasky relayed to Cathcart, who fired home to Susanne Morris for the out. Andie Larkins earned a pair of flyouts to close the frame.
Choate tripled to lead off the SU third and Ree brought her in with a single to right. Cathcart drew a walk to put two on with no outs, but the Redhawks could not find the tying run.
Stanford scored three times in the fifth to gain a 7-3 advantage, but SU was ready to respond again. Choate singled to start the action. Ree then walked to put two on. Cathcart blasted a three-run homer to left centerfield, cutting the Redhawks’ deficit to a single run. Savannah Loomis got another rally going with a walk. With one out, Cherise Silvan hit a single. After another out, Breanna Timmons drew a walk to load the bases. A Molly Campbell walk tied the game at 7.
Choate reached on a fielder’s choice, while a Cardinal sin allowed Morris to score the go-ahead run. Ree made Stanford pay dearly, as the junior hammered a grand slam to left center, giving Seattle U a 12-7 lead.
Carley Nance came on to pitch the top of the sixth. The Cardinal put two on with one out, but Cathcart snagged a liner and touched first base, slamming the door on the threat and sending the game to the second half of the sixth.
Kristjanson lashed a triple to center and Silvan drove her in with a groundout, making it a six-run margin. Stanford scored twice in the seventh, but Nance closed out the contest as SU beat a Pac-12 team for just the third time in program history.
Choate posted a 3-4 day, scoring four runs. Ree went 2-2 with five RBIs, three runs and two walks. Cathcart compiled two hits, three RBIs, and a walk. Kristjanson logged a pair of hits with a run and an RBI.
Against the Irish, Carley Nance and Alexis Holloway settled in for a pitcher’s duel. After a 1-2-3 top of the first, Nance made her SU debut in the bottom of the frame. She allowed a walk, but Sara Dominguez quickly erased the runner, firing a strike to Kristjanson at second base to cut down a steal attempt. Nance responded by picking up two groundouts to end the inning.
Cathcart doubled in the second, but the Redhawks could not bring her around. Notre Dame got a runner to third in its half of the second, but Nance earned a strikeout to shut down the threat and keep the game scoreless.
In the top of the fourth, Cathcart struck with a solo home run to right field, giving Seattle U a 1-0 lead. The Irish came back with a tying run in the bottom of the frame and the game moved into the fifth even.
Nance successfully worked around a walk in the fifth, forcing a groundout to strand a runner at third and keep the score 1-1.
Choate led off the sixth with a base hit and then Ree doubled to left, putting runners at second and third with no outs. The Irish intentionally walked Cathcart to load the bases. With one out, Kristjanson came up with a two-run single to left field, lifting SU to a 3-1 lead. Notre Dame escaped without any more damage, though.
The Irish put together four hits and three runs in the bottom of the sixth, taking a 4-3 edge. In the top of the seventh, the Redhawks were unable to find the tying run, as Notre Dame sneaked away with a victory.
Cathcart went 2-2 with a home run and a walk. Kristjanson had two hits and two RBIs. Nance went 5.1 innings, giving up five hits and one run. She struck out three batters.
SU returns to action tomorrow, facing CSUN (4:15 Pacific) and Western Michigan (6:30 p.m.) on its second day of the Kajikawa Classic.