SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (March 24) – The Seattle University softball team scored late to beat San Diego, 3-2, Friday at the Gaucho Classic. The Redhawks also dropped a 6-5 contest at UC Santa Barbara later in the day.

"The fight this team brings every day is inspiring," said Coach Geoff Hirai. "We just need to find a way to put two games together in a day."

Seattle U started the day with a victory. With the score tied at 1 entering the seventh frame, the Redhawks looked to take control of the contest. Sara Dominguez doubled to left center and then Alyson Matriotti tallied a bunt single. After a flyball out, Paige Bouska singled up the middle, loading the bases for Kaylee Ree. Ree’s grounder to shortstop allowed the go-ahead run to score, as USD threw to second base to get Bouska. Madison Cathcart provided insurance with a double, driving in Matriotti to make it 3-1.

With her first lead of the day, Reuble earned a groundout to open the bottom of the seventh. After a Torero home run, Reuble picked up two more groundball outs and Seattle U had its first win of the weekend.

SU recorded 10 hits, as Dominguez went 3-3. Reuble went seven innings and gave up just five hits and two runs. She struck out two batters while collecting her fifth win of the season.

Reuble rolled through the first three innings, giving up just a pair of hits as the game was scoreless into the fourth. USD hit a home run to grab a 1-0 edge, but SU answered with a run to tie the game in the top of the fifth inning.

Megan Ottino singled to lead off, and after Cherise Silvan reached on a fielder’s choice, Dominguez hit a single to left. Savannah Loomis followed with a base hit to load the bases. Nicole Bolasky then hit a groundball to short, where the USD shortstop made an error, bringing in Silvan to even the score.

UCSB grabbed a 5-0 lead after three innings in the nightcap, but SU worked its way back into the game, scoring five runs in the last four frames to push the Gauchos. Silvan singled with two outs in the fourth, and then a UCSB error on a Susanne Morris flyball brought Silvan in for the Redhawks’ first run.

In the fifth, Bouska hit a single with one out. After a strikeout, Cathcart doubled to center, driving in Bouska and getting Seattle U within 5-2. The hosts added a run in the bottom of the sixth, forcing SU to score four runs in its half of the seventh. Bolasky’s bunt single got things started. Bouska followed with a base hit to left center. Ree kept the rally moving with an infield single, loading the bases with no outs. UCSB claimed two outs, but a Kristjanson fielder’s choice brought in Bolasky to make it a 6-3 margin. With runners at the corners, Loomis came through with a two-run single to center, pulling the Redhawks within a run and forcing a Gaucho pitching change. UCSB escaped with the decisive out, however, as Loomis was stranded.

Bouska put up three hits and two runs, while Silvan went 3-3 with a run scored. Loomis and Bolasky had two hits apiece. Andie Larkins threw six innings and gave up eight huts and four earned runs.

On Saturday, the Redhawks are set to play San Diego at 9 a.m. and Santa Clara at 1:30 p.m.

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