STOCKTON, Calif. – Seattle University softball dropped two games Friday at the Libby Matson Tournament, hosted by Pacific. SU fell, 5-2, to CSUN and suffered a 2-1 setback at Pacific.
In the nightcap against Pacific, the Redhawks (2-9) put baserunners in the first two innings, but couldn’t find a run until the third. Kaylee Ree and Madison Cathcart both walked and Susanne Morris’s bunt moved the pair to second and third, respectively. After a strikeout, Savannah Loomis came through with an RBI single to center, giving SU a 1-0 lead.
Andie Larkins kept the margin until the sixth, working around several minor jams to keep the Tigers off the board. In the sixth frame, Larkins retired the first two hitters, but a double and a single tied the contest at 1.
SU went down in order in the seventh, but Larkins induced three groundouts in the bottom of the inning, forcing extra innings. The Redhawks didn’t score in their half, while a sac fly lifted Pacific to victory in the bottom of the eighth.
“Andie pitched a heck of a game,” said Coach Geoff Hirai. “We had opportunities to break it open and just didn’t come up with the clutch hit.”
Larkins went 7.2 innings, giving up two runs on six hits. Loomis went 2-3 with an RBI, while Bouska had a hit.
Against CSUN, the Redhawks fell behind, 1-0, after half an inning. In the bottom of the first, Paige Bouska reached on an error to lead off. Kaylee Ree’s sacrifice bunt moved Bouska up a base. Madison Cathcart followed with a double to center field, driving in Bouska and tying the game.
Alyssa Reuble allowed a double to open the second, but she bounced back with a pair of strike outs to end the frame. The Matadors put up three runs in the third inning, taking a 4-1 advantage.
Seattle U answered with a run in the bottom of the third, as Alyson Matriotti walked to spark a rally. She stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Bouska brought her in with a sac fly, pulling the Redhawks within two. CSUN replied with a single run in the fifth and SU was unable to score again.
Lindsay Davis pitched 2.1 innings of relief, allowing no runs on four hits.
Seattle U continues its weekend with two games tomorrow. It faces Sacramento State at 2:30 p.m. and then takes on Pacific at 4:45 p.m.