“We put it all together in the second game to get a big win,” said head coach Dan Powers. “In the circle, Alyssa [Reuble] and Lindsay [Davis] gave us a chance and we had some clutch hits and defensive plays to hold them off.”
Game 1: Utah 9, Seattle U 1 (5 innings)
Through three innings, the score remained 0-0 as the Redhawks allowed Utah to just two hits, stranding three total runners on base. SU only allowed Utah to advance as far as second base through the first three innings as Hannah Flippen advanced to second on a single to right field by Kate Dickman.
The Redhawks, however, left three on base and could not get runners past second base, as Sarah Petosa (Federal Way, Wash.) tried to advance to third in the first but was thrown out.
A huge fourth inning for Utah, however, proved to be the dagger as they scored six runs in the inning. Flippen hit a 3RBI home run to left field while Bella Secaira hit a 2 RBI double to right center. Bridget Castro also hit an RBI single through the left side as the Utes led, 6-0.
Lisa Maulden (Maple Valley, Wash.) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the inning, but an otherwise three-and-out ended the inning for SU.
Utah added three more runs in the top of the fifth, all unearned, as Flippen reached on an error, scoring Shelby Pacheco and Secaira before Flippen scored on an RBI double by Dickman to left field.
The Redhawks were not able to add to their further tally as Utah earned the 9-1 win.
In the circle, Mandie Sugita (Rossmoor, Calif.) gave up six runs on six hits while walking and striking out two in the 3 2/3 inning start. Alyssa Reuble (Lynnwood, Wash.) entered in relief, giving up the final three runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings.
Kayce Nieto earned the win for Utah, allowing one run on three hits while striking out three.
Game 2: Seattle U 6, Portland State 5 (9 innings)
Seattle U took the early lead in the top of the second as Hayley Beckstrom (Maple Valley, Wash.) scored on a Megan Ottino (Torrance, Calif.) single through the left side before Jenny Hurst (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) drove in Jennifer Sweet (Bend, Ore.) on a sac fly.
The Vikings would tie the game in the bottom of the third as Aubrey Nitschelm hit a 2 RBI single to left field.
Each team added a single run in the fifth inning as the game remained tied at three. They would again both score a run in the seventh to tie the game at four and send it into extra innings.
After a scoreless eighth inning, Karina Smyth (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) scored on a Hurst single to left field and Hurst scored what would be the game-winning run on an RBI single to center field by Bubba Morrow (Auburn, Wash.). PSU added a single run in the bottom of the inning but it would not be enough.
Lindsay Davis (Palo Cedro, Calif.) earned the win in the circle, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out four in three innings pitched. Reuble gave up four runs on five hits while walking two and striking out five in the six inning start.