HONOLULU, HAWAII (March 3) – Seattle University softball won, 4-3, at Hawaii in the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament Friday night. Kaylee Ree hit a grand slam in the third inning to lead the Redhawks to the victory.
"It was a total team effort, said Coach Geoff Hirai. "We executed in all phases of the game and this will be a big win for us moving forward."
Nicole Bolasky led off the game with a single, but the Redhawks (4-11) couldn’t move her around the bases. In the bottom of the first, Hawaii hit a two-run home run to take the lead. Andie Larkins worked around a pair of singles in the second, forcing a fly out to end a threat.
Seattle U put together a rally in the third, turning the game around. Alyson Matriotti walked to open the frame and then Bolasky singled. A Paige Bouska base hit loaded the bases for Ree. The sophomore drove a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right centerfield, as the grand slam gave the Redhawks a 4-2 advantage. It marked Ree’s first career home run.
The hosts came up with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, cutting their deficit to one run. In the top of the fifth, Bolasky continued her stellar day with a double to left field. Ree singled later in the frame, but SU’s threat stopped there.
Hawaii started the bottom half of the inning with a single, but Larkins got a groundball out and then a line drive to Ree turned into a 4-6 double play to end the frame.
Savannah Loomis and Erika Rodgers each singled in the sixth, and a wild pitch allowed them to move up a base, but Hawaii posted a strikeout to close the inning. Larkins induced two groundballs, and after an error, pushed the contest into the seventh with a flyball out.
In the bottom of the seventh, Larkins earned a groundout to begin the frame. After a single, Larkins picked up a flyball out and then a fielder’s choice to second base gave Seattle U the road win.
Bolasky went 3-3 with a double and a run scored. Ree had two hits, including the grand slam. Larkins threw seven innings, giving up three runs on 10 hits.
SU faces Toledo (noon) and Charleston Southern (2 p.m.) on Saturday.