SEATTLE – (Feb. 10) Seattle University softball pulled out two dramatic extra-inning victories at the Kajikawa Classic Saturday. Susanne Morris hit a walk-off two-run home run to lift the Redhawks to a 6-4 win over CSUN and then SU outlasted Western Michigan for an 11-8 win in 10 innings.
“I love coaching this team,” said Coach Geoff Hirai. “We refuse to quit. It’s unbelievable. I hope we can keep this going throughout the year.”
Seattle U (3-1) started its day with a 4-0 lead, but needed extra innings to put away CSUN. In the bottom of the eighth with the score even at 4, Kamryn Kanae took second to start the inning. With two outs, Morris worked her way through a prolonged at-bat. On a 3-2 count, Morris lined a shot over the centerfield fence, sending the Redhawk dugout pouring onto the field to wait for the senior at home plate. Morris touched home and SU celebrated its second straight victory of the weekend.
With the game scoreless through three frames, the Redhawks put together a rally in the bottom of the fourth. Erika Rodgers singled and then Maddy Kristjanson slugged a home run to left centerfield for a 2-0 lead. Cherise Silvan continued the burst with a bunt single and then Alyson Matriotti laid down a bunt to put two aboard. With two outs, Ally Choate doubled to bring in both runners.
CSUN came back with three runs in the sixth and then the tying score in the seventh, sending the contest into extra innings.
Andie Larkins went 5.1 innings, allowing six hits and three runs. Carley Nance got the win, going 2.2 innings in relief. She gave up just one hit and one run. Choate, Silvan, and Nicole Bolasky both had two hits to lead the offense.
In the nightcap against Western Michigan, the teams entered the third inning at 0-0. Silvan walked and Morris singled to center. With one out, Emma Mitchell hit a single to left, driving in Silvan. Kaylee Ree’s RBI single plated Morris for a 2-0 margin.
A Madison Cathcart home run extended the lead to 3-0 in the fourth. The Broncos rallied and gained the lead, scoring seven runs over three frames for a 7-3 difference.
Seattle U continued its streak of clutch hitting in the top of the seventh. Ree homered to center with one out. Cathcart followed with a double and then Nance reached via error, as Cathcart came around to score, cutting the deficit to two. Kristjanson got to first on a fielder’s choice, bringing Sara Dominguez to the plate with two outs. The senior blasted a tying home run to right field, forcing the Broncos to bat in the bottom of the inning. Nance struck out the side to push the game into the extra frames.
Ree put the Redhawks in the lead with a single in the eighth, but Western Michigan answered with a run in the second half of the frame.
SU was unable to score in its portion of the ninth, bringing the Broncos back to the plate. WMU loaded the bases with one out. Seattle U brought in Breanna Timmons from right field as a fifth infielder. Nance forced a grounder to Ree for a 4-3 putout and then Alyson Matriotti fielded a grounder and touched third to keep the contest going.
Matriotti started the 10th on second base. Timmons advanced her to third with a sacrifice bunt. Choate’s groundball to shortstop was deep enough to allow Matriotti to dash home for the go-ahead run. With two outs, Cathcart smashed a homer to centerfield, putting SU ahead, 11-8.
Nance took care of business in the bottom of the 10th, earning a groundout and a strikeout before Kristjanson handled a groundball and fired to Cathcart for the final out a nearly four-hour showdown.
Cathcart went 3-6 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Ree posted three hits with three RBIs and two runs.
Seattle U wraps up its weekend with a 10 a.m. game against Nebraska tomorrow.