SEATTLE (April 8) – Seattle University softball dropped a pair of Western Athletic Conference (WAC) games to New Mexico State Saturday. The Redhawks battled in a 6-4 setback after falling, 14-6, in a game that finished Saturday after beginning Friday night at Logan Field.
"I say this often, but I love the fight of this team," said Coach Geoff Hirai. "We just need to clean up the little details. We'll get back to work and prepare for Utah Valley."
In the final contest of the weekend series, pitchers Andie Larkins and Kayla Green had the upper hand in the first half of the game. Kayla Gonzales tallied the first hit of the game for either side in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, Nicole Bolasky singled. Paige Bouska then drove in Gonzales with a single to left, giving SU a 1-0 lead.
Larkins allowed a hit in the top of the fourth frame, but kept the Aggies off the scoreboard. Seattle U (14-24, 3-3 WAC) put two runners on in the fourth, but couldn’t find an RBI hit. NM State (17-17, 5-1 WAC) answered with four runs in its half of the fifth, going ahead, 4-1.
A Gonzales solo home run gave the Redhawks life in the bottom of the fifth. The visitors added two more runs in the seventh, but SU continued to work in its final at-bat. Bolasky singled with one out. Kaylee Ree then walked with two outs and Madison Cathcart drilled a double to centerfield, plating a pair of runs. The hosts sent the tying run to the plate, but a Savannah Loomis line drive to left was caught, ending the game at 6-4.
Cathcart went 3-3 with two RBIs and a walk. Gonzales had two hits and scored twice, while Bolasky added a pair of hits, a walk, and a run.
The teams stopped their game in the bottom of the third on Friday. The outing was resumed Saturday with NM State ahead, 6-4. The Aggies scored five runs in the top of the fifth inning to grab an 11-4 advantage. Bouska hit an RBI groundout in the fifth and Cathcart grounded out to drive in a run in the seventh, but the visitors claimed a 14-6 victory.
Bouska had three hits and two runs. Ree and Alyson Matriotti both had two hits and a run scored. Cathcart homered and drove in three runs.
Seattle U heads to Utah Valley for another WAC series beginning on Friday, April 14.