OREM, UTAH (April 14) – Seattle University softball rallied to tie at Utah Valley Friday afternoon, but the Wolverines scored in the bottom of the seventh to claim a 2-1 decision. Andie Larkins threw a complete game in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) contest at Wolverine Softball Field.
"We were knocking on the door all day," said Coach Geoff Hirai. "We just didn't get the clutch hit when we needed one. We'll come back and fight again tomorrow."
Larkins put together a stellar effort, limiting the league’s top offense for much of the day. In the bottom of the first inning, Larkins struck out the leadoff hitter. However, the hosts loaded the bases with a hit batter and a pair of walks. Larkins shut down the threat with a called third strike.
From there, the sophomore hurler was dynamic, retiring nine of the next 11 hitters she faced. Larkins did not allow a hit until the fifth frame, as neither side could find a run. The Redhawks (14-25, 3-4 WAC) had pressured the Wolverines in the fourth, as Paige Bouska got to third on an error with no one out. She was thrown out at home on a Kaylee Ree flyball, though. A Madison Cathcart double and a Savannah Loomis single extended the rally, but UVU (11-16, 3-4 WAC) found a groundout to end the inning.
In the fifth, Kayla Gonzales reached on an error and Alyson Matriotti singled. A Nicole Bolasky sacrifice advanced the runners to second and third with two outs, but SU couldn’t come up with a scoring hit.
Two Wolverine hits resulted in a run for the home side, as UVU took a 1-0 edge through five innings.
Larkins induced a groundball to Maddy Kristjanson, who turned a 6-4-3 double play to end the sixth.
Down to its last try at the plate, Seattle U scratched out a tying run. Cherise Silvan recorded a base hit through the left side to open the action. A Susanne Morris sacrifice moved Silvan ahead a base. Matriotti followed with an RBI single to centerfield, bringing in Silvan to even the score.
In the bottom of the seventh, Utah Valley loaded the bases and then Caragh Morris singled to drive in the winning run.
Larkins went seven innings, allowing four hits and two runs. She struck out three hitters. Loomis and Matriotti each had two hits to lead the Redhawks.
The teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. Pacific at Wolverine Softball Field.