HONOLULU, Hawaii (March 5) – Seattle University softball advanced to the championship game of the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament Sunday, beating Hawaii, 4-1. The Redhawks then dropped a 6-2 decision to Toledo in the finals of the tournament.
"We were solid against Hawaii today," said Coach Geoff Hirai. "In the championship game, we were a little amped up and we'll learn from this experience. Overall, this trip was a fun experience and we learned a lot about the team."
In the first game of the day, Hawaii took a 1-0 lead through an inning. SU (5-14) quickly replied, however, scoring twice in the top of the second. Maddy Kristjanson drew a one-out walk. She advanced to second on a groundout. Sara Dominguez followed with a single to left, driving in Kristjanson. Dominguez moved ahead to second on the throw home and then an error allowed Dominguez to come all the way around to score and give Seattle U a 2-1 lead.
Kristjanson was in the middle of the Redhawks’ two-run sixth frame as well. With two outs, Madison Cathcart singled to left. Kristjanson then drilled a home run to left center, making it a 4-1 margin.
Andie Larkins came on in relief for the sixth and put up a 1-2-3 inning. She earned a pair of groundouts and a flyball. In the seventh, Larkins worked around an error, tallying a strikeout to end the game in SU’s favor.
Alyssa Reuble picked up the win in the circle, giving up one run on five hits in five innings. Larkins went two innings and allowed just one baserunner. Kristjanson homered, walked and scored twice.
Toledo took an early 1-0 advantage in the title contest and then added five more runs in the third to take control. In the top of the fifth, SU put together a brief rally. Savannah Loomis singled with one out and then Susanne Morris walked. After a flyout, Nicole Bolasky hit an RBI single. A Bouska base hit loaded the bases for Kaylee Ree. Ree walked to bring in another run, making it 6-2.
In the seventh, Alyson Matriotti walked and Bolasky singled as Seattle U continued to work on a comeback. Toledo came up with the last two outs to close out the contest, though.
Bolasky and Bouska both went 2-4. Ree had a hit and a walk.
Ree, Bolasky, Matriotti, Larkins were all named to the all-tournament team. Ree hit her first two career home runs, including a grand slam in Friday’s win over Hawaii. Bolasky batted .353 with a double and an RBI, while Matriotti hit .375 with a pair of walks. Larkins started three games, throwing 22 innings and posting a 1.91 ERA. She got the win in Friday’s game against the hosts.
Seattle U hosts Penn State in the 2017 home opener on Wednesday, March 8. First pitch for the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m. at Logan Field.