BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – (April 13) Seattle University softball swept a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield Friday, winning by scores of 4-3 (10 innings) and 6-0. Maddy Kristjanson homered in the top of the 10th to lift the Redhawks to their fourth extra-inning win of 2018.
"We found a way to win," said Coach Geoff Hirai. "It was good to see contributions throughout the lineup today. Different people came through in clutch spots for us."
In the marathon opener, SU (29-17, 7-1 WAC) led 1-0 and 3-2, but the hosts rallied, scoring in the sixth for a 3-3 tie. Carley Nance and Summer Evans kept the offense in check from there, as the game continued into the 10th inning. With one out in the top of the 10th, Kristjanson drilled a pitch over the fence in left centerfield, finally breaking the tie with her third home run of the season.
In the bottom of the frame, CSUB (5-30, 0-8 WAC) singled to lead off. Nance got a pair of groundouts, as the runner advanced to second base. Nance then forced another groundball that got through the infield and rolled to Ally Choate in left field. The freshman fired an on-target throw to Susanne Morris at home plate and Morris applied the tag, ending the game.
Nance claimed her 13th win of the year, throwing five innings of scoreless relief. The WAC’s leader in strikeouts sat down six via K in the effort, walking none.
The Redhawks started strong, as Matriotti and Choate both singled to open the game. Cathcart then walked to load the bases. Morris singled up the middle to bring the first run of the day. CSUB got out of the jam and then scored twice in the bottom of the first to take the lead.
Silvan singled to start the second. She moved to third on two groundouts and then Matriotti brought her in with an infield hit to make it 2-all.
Savannah Loomis’ pinch-hit RBI single to right put SU back on top, 3-2, in the third. The score stayed there until the `Runners tied it in the bottom of the sixth.
Shianne Smith led the Redhawks in the nightcap, blanking the home side for five innings. SU’s offense got going in the third, as Nicole Bolasky walked and stole second. Cathcart slammed a double to the wall, plating Bolasky for a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth, Bolasky sparked another rally. With two outs, the senior reached again on a walk. She stole second and the throw got away from the defense, allowing Bolasky to slide into third. A Matriotti base hit scored Bolasky, and after a Matriotti steal, Choate found space in the outfield, singling to bring in Matriotti for a 3-0 margin.
Smith kept CSUB quiet for another frame, bringing the Redhawks back to bat in the top of the fifth. Bailey Thompson and Kristjanson both singled and then Breanna Timmons doubled to right center with two outs, bringing in two runs.
In the bottom half of the fifth, Smith struck out two on her way to another scoreless frame.
Silvan’s RBI single made it 6-0 in the seventh, as Nance closed the door on the `Runners with two innings of relief.
Choate and Kristjanson each had two hits. Smith pitched five innings to record her eighth win of the year. She struck out six and walked none.
The teams play a single game on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.