CORVALLIS, Ore. – (May 1) Seattle University softball won, 2-1, at Oregon State Tuesday afternoon. Andie Larkins pitched a complete game, limiting the Beavers throughout the regular-season finale.
The Redhawks (33-21) took advantage of four Beaver errors in the first three innings, as Ally Choate came around to score twice to put SU ahead, 2-0. That was all Larkins needed, as the junior kept OSU (26-23) off balance across seven innings.
In the top of the first, Matriotti reached on an error. Choate followed with an infield single. After a strikeout and a fielder’s choice, SU had runners at first and second. Maddy Kristjanson then hit a grounder to third, and the ball was misplayed by the third baseman, allowing Choate to score the first run of the day.
Larkins got three groundouts in the first and then struck out a pair to get through the second frame.
Choate’s grounder to shortstop was mishandled, allowing the freshman to advance to second base to start the third. Madison Cathcart then singled to left field, where the Beavers erred again. Choate sprinted home to give Seattle U a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Larkins induced three groundouts. After a 1-2-3 fourth, OSU got a rally going in the fifth. With one out, the Beavers loaded the bases. A groundout to short resulted in a run scoring, as the hosts cut their deficit in half.
Larkins worked around a single in the sixth, pushing the game to the seventh with SU still ahead. Larkins got a comebacker for the first out of the seventh, and after an error, Cathcart fielded a hard-hit one-hopper and tagged first. Larkins then got the final out on a flyball to left.
Larkins worked seven innings, giving up one run on five hits. She struck out four batters. Choate tallied a hit and two runs to pace the offense.
The WAC Championship begins on May 9 at New Mexico State. SU has earned the third seed and will face sixth-seeded Kansas City in the first round next Wednesday.