OREM, UTAH (April 15) – Seattle University softball split a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) doubleheader at Utah Valley Saturday. The Redhawks won the first game, 10-9, before dropping a 1-0 decision in the finale at Wolverine Softball Field.
"It was a tough road trip," said Coach Geoff Hirai. "We didn't execute at the plate in the second game today. "We will get back to work and get ready for our next WAC series."
In the opener, the Redhawks (15-26, 4-5 WAC) used several Utah Valley (12-17, 4-5 WAC) miscues to spark a first-inning rally and then Savannah Loomis put an exclamation point on SU’s big frame. Nicole Bolasky and Paige Bouska both reached via error. After an out, Madison Cathcart hit into a fielder’s choice that brought in Bolasky for a 1-0 lead. Loomis then drilled a home run to right centerfield, making it 4-0.
Alyssa Reuble held the Wolverines’ offense down, allowing a single run in the third. Seattle U broke open the contest with another four-run inning in the fifth. Bouska led off with a base hit. Kaylee Ree followed with a double down the right field line. A Cathcart walk loaded the bases with no one out. Loomis lined a double to right center, scoring a pair of runs. Maddy Kristjanson continued the momentum with an RBI groundout to shortstop, giving the Redhawks a 7-1 lead. Susanne Morris singled and Kayla Gonzales blasted a double to center, bringing in another run.
A Bouska walk got things started in the top of the sixth. She advanced on a wild pitch and then Ree drew a walk. Bouska and Ree both moved up a bag on a wild pitch. Cathcart’s sacrifice fly added a run and then Loomis hit an RBI groundout, scoring Ree for a 10-1 advantage.
The hosts answered with three runs in their half of the sixth to extend the contest to a seventh frame. Utah Valley didn’t allow a run in the seventh and then tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the inning. A three-run homer was part of a five-run rally that got the home side within 10-9 with two outs. Reuble came back in relief of Lindsay Davis to face Brittney Vansway, the Wolverines’ top hitter. Reuble threw two balls to start the at-bat and the Redhawks went to Andie Larkins. Larkins got Vansway to hit a sharp liner right at Cathcart and Seattle U came away with a 10-9 victory.
Loomis went 2-4 with six RBIs. The RBI total is the most by a Redhawk in a single game since Theresa Clark drove in seven at UNLV on April 2, 2011. Ree hit two doubles and walked. Bouska had a hit and scored three times. Reuble got the win, throwing six innings. Larkins earned a save on the final out of the game.
In the nightcap, both teams threatened early, but Larkins and Lauren Frailey kept the contest scoreless through six innings. Sara Dominguez singled in the top of the seventh, but the hosts got a lineout and a groundout to send the game to the bottom of the seventh. The Wolverines walked to lead off, and then put runners on first and second after an error with one out. A groundball moved the runners over and then a single won it for UVU.
Larkins was strong in the circle, allowing one run and six hits in seven innings. She struck out five hitters. Dominguez went 3-3 and Ree had a pair of hits.
Seattle U travels to UMKC for a three-game WAC series next weekend.