SOUTH DAKOTA BOX | MINNESOTA BOX
SEATTLE (March 10) – Alyssa Reuble of Seattle University softball threw a perfect game to lead the Redhawks to an 8-0 five-inning win over South Dakota Friday morning. SU also fell, 7-0, to #7 Minnesota later in the day at the Husky Classic, hosted by the University of Washington.
"I'm very proud of this team's fight after all the adversity they faced this week," said Coach Geoff Hirai. "Alyssa's work ethic epitomizes what we are trying to do here and I'm so happy for her."
Reuble was brilliant for SU, tossing the third perfect game in program history. She produced eight groundouts, five flyouts, a strikeout, and retired a hitter on batter’s interference. Seattle U exploded for six runs in the third and added two more in the fourth, allowing Reuble plenty of breathing room to complete her masterpiece.
It’s the first perfect game in the nation this season and the first by a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) hurler since 2010.
The game was scoreless entering the third inning. The Redhawks erupted for six runs, as 11 players batted in the frame. After a flyout, Nicole Bolasky singled to start the action. Paige Bouska followed with a base hit. Kaylee Ree walked to load the bases for Megan Ottino. Ottino was hit by a pitch, bringing in Bolasky to score the first run of the day.
With two outs, Maddy Kristjanson smashed a double to driving in three runs and give SU a 4-0 advantage. The Redhawks continued their rally, though, as Alyson Matriotti singled and Susanne Morris walked to load the bases again. Cherise Silvan came through with a double to center, plating two more runs.
In the top of the fourth, Seattle U struck quickly for two more. Bouska singled on the first pitch of the frame and Ree tripled, scoring Bouska. An Ottino RBI groundout made it 8-0 in SU’s favor.
Reuble earned a groundout to open the bottom of the fourth. She got an out via batter’s interference and then induced a flyout to left to close the frame.
After the Redhawks went down in their half of the fifth, Reuble entered the circle needing just three outs to finish her day. On the first pitch, she picked up a groundball to Kristjanson, who threw to first for the first out. On a 2-1 count, Kayla Fields hit a grounder to Matriotti at third, as Reuble inched closer to perfection. Jamie Holscher worked her way to a 3-1 count, but Reuble forced a flyball to left field, where Bouska caught the ball and allowed the celebration to begin.
Reuble needed just 41 pitches to achieve the feat. She threw 29 strikes on her way to the shutout.
Erin Martin threw two perfect games for Seattle U, with one on April 5, 2006 and the other on March 14, 2008.
Bolasky, Bouska, Kristjanson, and Silvan had two hits apiece.
Against the Gophers, SU fell behind 2-0 after an inning and 3-0 after two as Minnesota pulled away for a 7-0 victory. Madison Cathcart had a hit for the Redhawks.
Seattle U faces the same pair of teams again tomorrow. It plays South Dakota at 10 a.m. and Minnesota at 2:45 p.m.