SEATTLE (March 11) – Seattle University softball dropped a 14-6 contest to No. 7 Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. Nicole Bolasky, Paige Bouska, and Kaylee Ree each had two hits in the game, played at the Husky Classic, hosted by the University of Washington.

"I'm proud of the fight of this team," Coach Geoff Hirai. "We just need to clean up a few things and we'll be right there in a game against a top 10 team. We're making strides offensively, which is encouraging."

The Gophers (20-1) got on the board with three runs in the top of the first. Bouska and Ree combined to trim the SU (6-16) deficit in the bottom half of the frame. Bouska tripled to left and Ree drove her in with an RBI single to center.

After Minnesota went ahead 8-1, the Redhawks manufactured a run with no hits in the third. Cherise Silvan and Bolasky walked to start the action. Later, Ree was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Following a fielder’s choice, Madison Cathcart drew a walk, bringing a run in for Seattle U.

Minnesota continued to hit, tallying three more runs in the fourth, but SU put up four of its own in bottom of the inning. Alyson Matriotti singled and then Silvan doubled to left, bringing the top of the order to the plate. Bolasky stung a double to score Matriotti. Bouska came through with an RBI single to left and then Ree singled, allowing Bolasky to come around to score. A Megan Ottino walk extended the rally. Maddy Kristjanson greeted a Gopher reliever with an RBI base hit up the middle, plating Bouska and pulling Seattle U within 11-6. Minnesota added on three more runs late in the contest.

Bolasky went 2-3 with an RBI, a run, and a walk. Bouska had two hits and scored three times, while Ree went 2-3 with an RBI. Silvan logged a hit, a walk, and a run.

Sunday’s game against UW has been postponed. The Redhawks return to action next weekend at the Griz Classic. SU plays five games at Montana from March 17-19.

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