STOCKTON, Calif. (Feb. 25) – Seattle University softball beat Sacramento State, 8-2, Saturday at the Libby Matson Tournament. The Redhawks also fell, 9-7, at Pacific later in the day.
“We played and fought like Seattle U softball today,” said Coach Geoff Hirai. “It is great to get back on track and head in the right direction.”
The contest with Sacramento State was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Hornets got on the board with a single run for a 1-0 lead. Seattle U then broke the game open in the fifth, dropping a seven-run barrage to run away from Sac State.
Kayla Gonzales singled and advanced to second on an error to lead off the frame. Nicole Bolasky hit a bunt single to put runners on the corners. SU struck out next, but Bolasky stole second. Kaylee Ree followed with a walk to load the bases. A Paige Bouska base hit scored the tying run and kep the bases jammed. Freshman Madison Cathcart walked to bring in another run and then Savannah Loomis singled to left center field, driving in a pair for a 4-1 margin. Susanne Morris’ sacrifice fly continued SU’s scoring and then Bolasky came through with a double down the left field line, plating two more Redhawks and giving Seattle U a 7-1 advantage.
Working with a lead, Andie Larkins stranded a pair of Hornets in the bottom of the fifth. In the sixth, Ree and Bouska singled to begin the frame. Ree eventually came around on a fly ball and a wild pitch, moving the score to 8-1. Larkins followed with a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth and then worked around a solo home run in the seventh to claim the victory.
Larkins went all seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs. She struck out four hitters. Bolasky went 3-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Bouska had two hits with an RBI and a run.
The first inning of the Redhawks’ game with Pacific was a wild one, as both sides put up six runs. Alyson Matriotti got things started with a single in the top half of the frame. A Ree bunt moved her over and then Bouska’s base hit put Redhawks at first and third with one out. Cathcart hit a single to drive in Matriotti and then Loomis tallied a base hit to load the bases. Maddy Kristjanson kept the rally moving with a single to plate two more runs. Gonzales followed with a three-run homer to left, making it 6-0.
The Tigers answered with six runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning, tying the score. They put up another run in the second to take the lead. Seattle U rallied in the fourth, though, tying the game again. Bolasky and Matriotti each posted bunt singles to start the action. After a wild pitch, Ree hit a sac fly to score Bolasky.
Pacific came up with a go-ahead run in the fourth and added another score in the fifth.
Matriotti, Cathcart, and Kristjanson each had two hits in the contest.
The Redhawks conclude their weekend in California with a game against CSUN tomorrow. First pitch is slated for 10 a.m.