SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Feb. 19) – Andie Larkins twirled a one-hit shutout to lead the Seattle University softball team to a 2-0 win over Montana Sunday at the Bronco Classic. SU also fell, 3-1, to Santa Clara in its final outing of the weekend.
“We had two great pitching performances and our defense made plays,” said Coach Geoff Hirai. “We didn’t execute offensively in the second game, but we are improving with each week.”
In the win over Montana, the Redhawks (2-7) scored in the top of the first, giving Larkins all the support she would need. Paige Bouska led with a bunt single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kaylee Ree and Maddy Kristjanson each walked to load the bases. Madison Cathcart hit a sacrifice fly to left, driving in Bouska. Susanne Morris walked with two outs, but Montana escaped the jam.
Larkins then went to work, inducing three groundouts in the bottom of the first inning. In the second, Larkins surrendered a walk to lead off, but then retired the next three hitters. Larkins tallied a strikeout and two more groundouts in the third, continuing to baffle the Grizzlies.
Morris homered to left center to open the fourth, giving Seattle U a 2-0 lead. Jessica Flanagan followed with a single and eventually, Bouska singled, but the Grizzlies cut down a potential run by executing a play at home plate to end the threat.
Larkins earned three more groundouts in the fourth. In the fifth frame, Montana broke up the no-hitter with a base hit to right field. Larkins rebounded with a double play, fielding a grounder back to the circle and starting a 1-6-3 DP.
In the sixth, the Grizzles walked to begin the inning. SU got a pair of fielder’s choice outs and then Larkins forced a groundball to second to send the game to the seventh. Larkins closed out the contest with a strikeout and a pair of groundouts.
Larkins went seven innings, allowing three walks and one hit with three strikeouts. Bouska logged two hits and Morris hit a home run and walked.
Larkins’ gem is the fewest hits given up by a Redhawk pitcher in a seven-inning game since April 29, 2008, when Erin Martin allowed one single hit in a 1-0 win over Western Washington.
Alyssa Reuble got out to a terrific start against Santa Clara, set down the first nine batters of the game. In the fourth, Cathcart singled and Morris walked, but SU couldn’t push a run across. The Broncos scored in the bottom of the inning to take a 1-0 edge.
Alyson Matriotti walked to lead off the top of the fifth, sparking a Redhawk rally. Bouska followed with a bunt single. After two fly balls, Matriotti and Bouska were on second and third. A Bronco error allowed Matriotti to score, tying the game at 1.
Santa Clara scored twice in the sixth for a 3-1 lead and Seattle U went down in order in the seventh, forcing the Redhawks to settle for a second straight split on the weekend.
Bouska and Flanagan had two hits apiece. Reuble threw all six innings, allowing three runs on five hits.
Seattle U heads to the Libby Matson Tournament, hosted by Pacific University, for five contests next weekend.