ST. GEORGE, Utah – (March 3) Seattle University softball rallied past Montana, 6-5, in nine innings Saturday at the Red Desert Classic. The Redhawks also fell, 7-1, to Weber State later in the day.
"It was a tale of two games today," said Coach Geoff Hirai. "We came back on Montana with fight and grit. We did not play SU softball against Weber State."
For a second straight day, SU (11-8) and Montana needed extra innings to determine a victor. The Grizzlies scored twice in the top of the eighth, taking a 5-3 lead. Ally Choate began the bottom of the frame at second base. Madison Cathcart hit a tying home run to open the inning.
Carley Nance came on for the ninth and retired Montana in order. In the bottom of the ninth, Cherise Silvan’s sacrifice bunt advanced Natalie Montgomery to third base with one out. Breanna Timmons followed with a base hit to win it in walk-off fashion.
Cathcart blasted two homers, giving the sophomore 10 on the season. Nicole Bolasky went 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
In the bottom of the first, Cathcart homered for a 1-0 advantage. The Grizzlies took a 2-1 lead in the third, but SU immediately answered in its half of the frame. Alyson Matriotti walked and stole second. Bolasky then drove her in with a single, making it 2-all. With two outs, Maddy Kristjanson singled to bring in another run. Montana came back with a single run in the fourth, as the game moved toward extra innings.
Weber State scored four runs in the first two innings and eventually pulled away for a 7-1 decision. A Kristjanson RBI single produced the Redhawks’ lone run.
Seattle U takes on Southern Utah tomorrow. First pitch is slated for 9 a.m.