TEMPE, Ariz. (Feb. 10) – Seattle University softball dropped its first two games of the 2017 season Friday at the Kajikawa Classic, hosted by Arizona State. The Redhawks fell, 7-3, to Indiana and then dropped a 5-0 decision to New Mexico.
"We struggled today," said Coach Geoff Hirai. "We preach fight and going for it and we lacked that today. The good thing is that we can learn from this, bounce back, and fight the rest of the tournament."
In the opener, Andie Larkins got into a jam to start the first inning. After hitting a batter and walking another, Larkins forced a fly out to left field. With CaraMia Tsirigos at the plate, Larkins induced a groundball to third, where Jessica Flanagan touched the bag and threw across the diamond for an inning-ending double play.
In the bottom of the frame, Paige Bouska led off with a base hit. Kaylee Ree moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt and Maddy Kristjanson followed with a groundout to second, allowing Bouska to reach third base. Freshman Madison Cathcart came through with a single to center field, driving in Bouska for the first run of the year.
Larkins tallied a strikeout to end the top of the second. With one out in the Redhawks’ half of the inning, Flanagan doubled to left. After advancing to third, Flanagan, a freshman, came in to score on an Alyson Matriotti single, giving SU a 2-0 advantage.
Indiana answered with a two-run double to tie in the third and later, the Hoosiers put up five runs in the fifth inning, taking a 7-2 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Savannah Loomis blasted a solo home run with two outs, making it a four-run game. Flanagan singled to start the seventh, but Seattle U was unable to rally and IU picked up the win.
Bouska went 2-4 with a run scored and Flanagan had two hits, including a double and a run. Matriotti went 2-2 in her collegiate debut.
New Mexico scored in the first inning to grab an early lead, but SU pitcher Alyssa Reuble settled in after that, retiring eight straight hitters. In the top of the fourth, Bouska singled to lead off. Ree reached on a fielder’s choice and then advanced to second on a groundout. Cathcart was key again, singling to center. Ree was thrown out at the plate, however, ending the Seattle U threat.
The Lobos homered in the bottom of the frame for a 2-0 edge. In the fifth, Flanagan hit a single and Susanne Morris walked with one out. The Redhawks hit into double play, though, allowing New Mexico to keep its advantage. The Lobos followed with a three-run home run in the sixth, extending their margin to five and sealing the outcome.
Seattle U returns to action tomorrow. It will take on No. 9 Oregon at 8:30 a.m. (PST).