SEATTLE (April 28) – Seattle University softball dropped a doubleheader to CSU Bakersfield Friday. The Redhawks fell by scores of 3-1 and 8-5 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) games at Logan Field.
"We played pretty flat today," said Coach Geoff Hirai. "We finally found out stride in the second game. We'll play for our seniors tomorrow."
The visitors scored first in the nightcap, taking a 1-0 lead after half an inning. SU answered with two outs in the bottom of the first. Kaylee Ree, Madison Cathcart, and Savannah Loomis each singled to produce the tying run.
CSUB (11-30, 4-10 WAC) came back with a pair of runs in the second and three more in the third, going up, 6-1. The ‘Runners held that margin until the bottom of the fifth. Nicole Bolasky got things started with a bunt single. Paige Bouska followed with a smash off the wall down the right field line, plating Bolasky. After two outs, Loomis slammed a home run over the fence in right center, pulling Seattle U (17-29, 6-8 WAC) within 6-4.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, SU added a run to inch closer to the ‘Runners. Maddy Kristjanson singled with one out. Alyson Matriotti grounded out to first, but Nicole Curry had to dive to tag Matriotti and Kristjanson alertly advanced to third on the play. Bolasky then beat out a grounder to short, driving in Kristjanson to make it 6-5 through six. The visitors responded with a two-run homer in the seventh, though, regaining control.
Loomis, Bolasky, and Kristjanson had two hits apiece. Loomis drove in three runs.
In the opener, CSUB scored twice in the top of the first inning. Bolasky led off with a single for SU, but the Redhawks were unable to strike again until the bottom of the fourth. Ree singled, but went no further.
The ‘Runners added a third run in the sixth, but Seattle U looked to rally in the bottom of the frame. Matriotti led off with a bunt single and then Paige Bouska hit an infield single. A Ree groundball resulted in Matriotti coming around to score to make it 3-1. With two on and two out, Loomis hit a shot to deep centerfield, but Julea Cavazos was there to make the catch at the wall to end the inning. SU went down in order in its try in the seventh inning.
Bolasky, Bouska, Ree, and Matriotti each had a hit for the Redhawks. Andie Larkins threw seven innings, allowing six hits and three runs. She struck out five hitters.
The teams will conclude the weekend series tomorrow. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Logan Field. The Redhawks will honor their five seniors with a post-game ceremony.