KANSAS CITY (April 22) – Seattle University softball won, 12-6 in nine innings, at UMKC Saturday. The Redhawks broke open a tie game with six runs in the top of the ninth to claim the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) contest.
"This was a total team win with Emma Mitchell's home run being the icing on the cake," said Coach Geoff Hirai. "For her to hit a home run in front of her family after what she has gone through with the loss of her mom last year. It was an amazing moment."
The win moves SU into third place in the WAC standings. Grand Canyon, currently in second, is ineligible for the WAC Tournament, meaning the Redhawks are in the driver’s seat for the second seed in the postseason with one week remaining in the regular season.
The offenses ruled early, as the score was 6-all through four innings. Pitching and defense took over the latter portion of the contest, though, as neither side scored until the ninth inning. Kaylee Ree walked to get SU (17-27, 6-6 WAC) going in the top of the ninth. Madison Cathcart followed with a base hit. Savannah Loomis’ groundout advanced the runners to second and third, respectively. Sara Dominguez continued her big weekend with a double to right centerfield, putting Seattle U ahead, 8-6. Cherise Silvan then doubled with one out, setting up the Redhawks to do more damage. After a groundout, Mitchell, a native of St. Louis, smashed a pinch-hit three-run homer to left, extending the margin to 11-6. Alyson Matriotti and Paige Bouska both singled to continue the rally, bringing Ree to the plate. The sophomore singled up the middle, driving in Matriotti to make it 12-6. Andie Larkins then wrapped up the victory, earning three groundouts in the bottom of the ninth.
SU notched 15 hits, as Matriotti and Bouska both had three knocks and two RBIs. Matriotti scored three runs. Ree and Silvan had two hits apiece, as Ree also walked twice and Silvan scored two times. Alyssa Reuble and Larkins combined to throw all nine innings, allowing 11 hits and six earned runs.
UMKC (15-33, 5-7 WAC) took a 1-0 lead through two innings, but SU answered in the third. Nicole Bolasky singled up the middle and then Matriotti singled and an error allowed Bolasky to tie the game. With one out, Ree recorded a base hit to put runners at the corners. A Cathcart groundout brought in Matriotti to give the Redhawks a 2-1 lead. The hosts came back with two runs in the bottom of the frame to regain the lead, though.
In the top of the fourth, Cherise Silvan led off with a base hit. Maddy Kristjanson then reached via error and Bolasky’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners ahead. Matriotti tied the game with a single to center. A Bouska base hit drove in two more runs as Seattle U grabbed a 5-3 lead. After a pitching change, Bouska advanced on a passed ball and Ree and Cathcart both walked to load the bases. Loomis added another run with a sac fly, making it 6-3. The hosts came up with three runs in their half of the fourth to even the score again, however.
The Redhawks host CSU Bakersfield to close the regular season next weekend. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday, April 28, at Logan Field before wrapping up with a single game on Saturday.