ST. GEORGE, Utah – (March 4) Seattle University softball fell, 6-5, to Southern Utah Sunday morning. Madison Cathcart led the offense with a career-high four hits in the Redhawks’ final game at the Red Desert Classic.

“This was a tough loss to swallow,” said Coach Geoff Hirai. “We didn’t execute how we usually do.”

The Thunderbirds took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but SU (11-9) got on the board in its portion of the frame. Breanna Timmons and Cherise Silvan both singled. The pair advanced on a wild pitch and then Sara Dominguez hit an RBI single up the middle to tie it up. Emma Mitchell followed by grounding into a double play, but Silvan scored on the play, giving the Redhawks a 2-1 lead.

SUU scored once in the third and twice in the fourth, going ahead, 4-2. Seattle U was ready to rally again in the bottom of the fourth, though. Silvan led off with a base hit and Dominguez singled to put runners at the corners. Savannah Loomis hit into a fielder’s choice that brought in Silvan and then Ally Choate’s groundout made it 4-4 with two outs. Cathcart put the Redhawks in the lead with a single to center. Southern Utah answered with two runs in the fifth to regain the advantage.

Timmons singled and Silvan walked to open the fifth, but SU could not find the tying hit. The Redhawks also put a runner on in the sixth and two on in the seventh, but the Thunderbirds held on for the victory.

Cathcart went 4-4 with a double and an RBI. Dominguez posted three hits and an RBI, while Timmons and Silvan both went 2-3 with a walk. Shianne Smith pitched the final 2.2 innings, keeping Southern Utah off the board. The freshman struck out three hitters. 

The Redhawks host Toledo in the 2018 home opener on Tuesday, March 6. The non-conference doubleheader is set for a 4 p.m. start at Logan Field.