SANTA CLARA BOX

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (March 26) – Paige Bouska of Seattle University softball set the program’s career hits record and put the Redhawks ahead in Sunday’s 5-3 over Santa Clara. The senior’s two-run triple in the sixth inning gave Seattle U (11-21) the lead as it closed action at the Gaucho Classic with a victory.

“You cannot write a better script to end the weekend,” said Coach Geoff Hirai. “Game-winning hit gives Paige the career record. We fight and come back every day. I love the way this team has each other’s backs.”

Trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the Redhawks put together a comeback to beat the Broncos for the second straight day. Cherise Silvan walked to lead off, and with one out, Alyson Matriotti reached on a bunt single. A Nicole Bolasky sacrifice moved the runners to second and third with two outs. Bouska lashed a triple to left, driving both runs and setting the school record with her 209th career hit.

Kaylee Ree followed with a double to plate Bouska and give SU a 5-3 advantage. Andie Larkins loaded the bases in the SCU seventh, but earned a groundout to short to end the threat and the contest.

Larkins threw a complete game, allowing three runs on four hits, on her way to a win. Bouska went 2-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Madison Catchart and Maddy Kristjanson each had two hits and a run.

The Broncos went ahead, 3-0, early in the game. In the bottom of the fourth, Seattle U scored twice to get back in the contest. Ree walked and Cathcart singled to right center. Jessica Flanagan then walked to load the bases. With two outs, Kristjanson singled to center to bring in Ree. A Savannah Loomis base hit drove in Cathcart to make it a one-run difference.

Bouska, a senior from Keizer, Oregon, now has a school-record 209 hits in her Redhawk career. Jane Purdy and Isabella Geronimo both had 208 hits at Seattle U.

SU begins Western Athletic Conference competition next weekend, as it heads to Grand Canyon for a three-game series opening on Friday, March 31.

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