BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – (April 14) Seattle University softball completed a three-game sweep at CSU Bakersfield, beating the `Runners, 7-2, Saturday. Andie Larkins pitched a complete game and gave up two hits to get the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) win.
“To go on the road in conference and get three wins is huge,” said Coach Geoff Hirai. “We will get back to work for senior week.”
SU posted its second straight WAC sweep and claimed its 30th win of the season. The win total is the most in the Redhawks' Division I history.
The host scored first, but Larkins settled in and held down the CSUB (5-31, 2-7 WAC) offense from there. SU’s offense put together a solid day, scoring in four different innings.
With one out in the top of the second, Maddy Kristjanson hit a towering home run to left field, tying the game at 1.
Nicole Bolasky continued her stellar weekend with a base hit to open the third inning. Two Bakersfield errors brought Bolasky in for a 2-1 lead and then Madison Cathcart hit a single through the right side to drive in Alyson Matriotti, making it 3-1.
Larkins tallied a strikeout in the third and two more in the fourth, keeping the `Runners at bay.
The top of the Redhawk order got a rally going in the top of the fifth. Matriotti singled and Ally Choate reached on an error, putting runners at second and third. Cathcart walked to load the bases. Kaylee Ree’s groundball to second resulted in two runs scoring, as the hosts misplayed the ball, allowing Matriotti and Choate to come in for a 5-1 lead.
CSUB scored a run in the sixth. In the seventh, Cathcart singled with one out. Ree followed with a single to put two on. A Bailey Thompson hit landed in fair territory, plating Cathcart. Kristjanson then doubled in another run, giving SU a 7-2 difference.
Larkins closed out the win with a groundout, flyout, and a looking strikeout.
The junior threw all seven innings, allowing two hits and striking out eight batters. Cathcart went 3-3 with a walk, a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Kristjanson added two extra-base hits and scored a run.
Seattle U welcomes Grand Canyon for a three-game series at Logan Field next weekend. The Redhawks will honor their seven-player senior class prior to Saturday’s home finale.