SEATTLE (April 7) – The Seattle University softball team beat New Mexico State, 6-2, Friday, claiming its first-ever win over the Aggies. The second game of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) doubleheader was suspended due to rain at Logan Field.
The nightcap was delayed because of rain, but the teams played into the bottom of the third inning, with NM State (15-17, 3-1 WAC) leading 6-4. The game will resume with one out in the third tomorrow at 1 p.m. The teams will then complete the three-game series following the conclusion of the suspended game.
Before the first game, Brandon and Alex Huffman threw out the first pitch. Brandon’s daughter and Alex’s sister, Avery, died last year from diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a brain tumor. The Redhawks wore neon green socks to honor Avery Strong.
The first game featured solid pitching for much of the contest, but SU (14-22, 3-1 WAC) strung together a fifth-inning rally.
“To play for a family that has been through so much is a blessing,” said Coach Geoff Hirai. “The players embraced this cause and took in this family like their own. I’m proud that they care so much about others.”
Down 2-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Redhawks came back to take control of the contest. Alyson Matriotti singled and then Nicole Bolasky tripled to left center to tie the game. With one out, Kaylee Ree hit a single to drive in Bolasky. Madison Cathcart followed with a base hit. On a strikeout, the ball got away from the Aggies’ catcher, allowing Ree and Cathcart to advance. A Maddy Kristjanson flyball resulted in both runs scoring, giving SU a 5-2 lead. Cherise Silvan hit a bunt single and Kristjanson hustled for an open third base. An errant throw from first to third allowed Kristjanson to score for a 6-2 advantage.
Andie Larkins pitched a perfect sixth to keep the margin, and then set down NM State in order in the seventh to close out the victory.
The visitors scored first, taking a 1-0 lead through three innings. In the bottom of the fourth, Cathcart singled. Jessica Flanagan pinch-ran and Kristjanson drove her in with a triple to centerfield.
Larkins was terrific, throwing a complete game. She had four 1-2-3 frames and gave up just five hits in the outing. Bolasky and Cathcart each had two hits.
The second game began after a rain delay and the teams played through rain and windy conditions. NM State took a 2-0 lead early, but a Cathcart home run tied it. After the visitors went ahead, 6-2, Paige Bouska tripled and then scored on a wild pitch in the third. Kaylee Ree then hammered a homer to center, making it 6-4. With an 0-1 count on Cathcart, the game was called.