SEATTLE (April 29) – The Seattle University softball team beat CSU Bakersfield, 8-2, Saturday afternoon. Madison Cathcart and Savannah Loomis hit back-to-back home runs to lift the Redhawks to victory in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) finale at Logan Field, which also marked senior day for SU.
"This is a special senior class because of how they wholeheartedly buy into the culture that we have set here," said Coach Geoff Hirai. To send them off with a win is the icing on the cake. We are not done yet but this group has stamped their legacy in Seattle U softball history."
Seattle U has clinched a top-three seed in the WAC Tournament. Depending on the results of the UMKC/Utah Valley series, the Redhawks will claim either the second or third seed in the conference playoffs.
CSUB (11-31, 4-11 WAC) homered to lead off the game for the second time in the series, but Alyssa Reuble and Andie Larkins kept the ‘Runners off the board until the Redhawk offense could take control.
In the bottom of the third inning, Alyson Matriotti hit a one-out single and then stole second. After a groundout moved Matriotti ahead a base, Kaylee Ree hit a hard shot to short and beat the throw, driving in Matriotti to even the score at 1. On a 2-1 pitch, Madison Cathcart smashed a ball to centerfield, homering to make it a 3-1 game. Savannah Loomis hammered the first pitch of her at-bat to nearly the same spot, putting SU (18-29, 7-8 WAC) ahead 4-1.
The hosts struck again in the fifth, as Ree started the action with a walk. Cathcart was hit by a pitch and then Maddy Kristjanson singled to drive in a run. Kayla Gonzales was also hit by a pitch and Susanne Morris hit a sac fly to plate another run for a 6-2 margin.
The visitors answered with a run in the top of the sixth, but the Redhawks replied with a pair of scores in their half of the frame. Matriotti singled to lead off. Bouska followed with a base hit to center and Ree reached on a bunt single to load the bases. A Cathcart sac fly stretched the lead and then Loomis lashed a double down the rightfield line, making it 8-2.
Larkins closed the door in the seventh, as Cherise Silvan, playing at third base for the first time at SU, made a double play to end the contest.
Seattle U collected 12 hits on the day. Kristjanson went 3-3 with an RBI. Matriotti, Bouska, Ree, and Loomis each had two hits. Andie Larkins pitched 5.2 innings of relief, allowing one run on six hits with three strikeouts.
The Redhawks will play a non-conference game at Washington on Wednesday, May 3. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. in the regular-season finale.