HONOLULU, Hawaii (March 4) – Seattle University softball dropped two one-run games at the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament Saturday. The Redhawks fell, 4-3, to Charleston Southern and then 2-1 to Toledo.
"The little things caught up to us today," said Coach Geoff Hirai. "We still have a great opportunity in front of us tomorrow."
The Redhawks (4-13) had a strong start against Charleston Southern, scoring twice in the top of the first inning. With one out, Paige Bouska singled to left field. Kaylee Ree homered to right, giving SU a 2-0 lead as Ree notched her second home run in two days.
Charleston Southern came back with two runs in the bottom of the frame, putting together two hits to go with a hit batter and a walk. The Buccaneers added a run in the fourth, taking a 3-2 edge.
In the top of the sixth, Megan Ottino led off with a double to right centerfield. Cherise Silvan followed with a double to left, tying the contest at 3. An Alyson Matriotti base hit put runners at the corners with two hits, but the Redhawks were unable to find a go-ahead hit.
Alyssa Reuble tallied a 1-2-3 inning to move the game to the seventh. After SU came up empty in its half, the Bucs homered to lead off the bottom of the inning, giving Charleston Southern a 4-3 walk-off win.
Ottino went 2-3, while Ree homered and walked twice. Reuble went 3.1 innings and allowed two hits and two runs.
Toledo used stellar pitching to limit SU Saturday. The Rockets eventually grabbed a 2-0 lead through three innings. In the sixth, Bouska tripled and then scored on an illegal pitch. The Redhawks couldn’t find another run, however, allowing Toledo to claim the 2-1 decision.
Andie Larkins threw a complete game, giving up two runs (one earned) with a pair of strikeouts. Bouska and Matriotti each had a hit.
SU will take on Hawaii at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Redhawks beat Hawaii, 4-3, on Friday night.