Seattle University (8-11) played two home contests, including the school's first on-campus, outdoor athletic competition under the lights, and fell to Ohio, 7-4, and Bradley, 7-3.
Game 1: Ohio 7, Seattle U 4
The Redhawks got on the board first as Sarah Petosa (Federal Way, Wash.) scored on a fielder's choice. SU left two on base to end the inning, but could not add to their score. They held the lead until the top of the third inning.
In the top of the third, Lauren Gellerman hit a 2RBI home run with one out to put the Bobcats in the lead, 2-1. Two more outs ended the top of the inning, and three up, three down for the Redhawks kept the margin at one run.
Kaylin Clarke hit Ohio's second home run of the game in the top of the fourth to put them ahead, 3-1, but SU tied the game, 3-3, on a 2RBI triple by Isabella Geronimo (San Mateo, Calif.)
Caitlin Colvin singled through the right side to begin the fifth inning, giving the Bobcats the lead for good, 4-3. The Redhawks stranded three runners on base to end the inning, but were only able to add one more run to their total over the remainder of the game.
Amanda Dalton and Alexia Cortez scored runs for OU in the sixth to put them ahead, 6-3, and a solo home run by Lisa Maulden (Maple Valley, Wash.) to open the bottom of the inning brought the Redhawk deficit to two, 6-4.
Clarke hit her second home run of the contest, a solo homer, in the top of the final inning to put Ohio ahead, 7-4. With one last chance to score, three easy outs gave Ohio the win.
Richelle Ashburn (Post Falls, Idaho) was handed the loss for SU, allowing six runs on seven hits while walking five and striking out seven. Mandie Sugita (Rossmoor, Calif.) entered in relief, allowing the final run on one hit while walking one and striking out two in two innings pitched.
For Ohio, Savannah Jo Dorsey earned the win, allowing three runs on one hit while walking two and striking out three in four innings pitched. In relief, Lauren McClary allowed one run on three hits while striking out one in three innings pitched.
Game 2: Bradley 7, Seattle U 3
To start the game, the Braves loaded the bases and, with one out, Bailiegh Basham hit a three RBI home run to give Bradley the early lead, 3-0. Neither team scored over the next two innings, with Bradley leaving two on base in the top of the third.
Bradley extended their lead, 5-0, in the top of the fourth with a 2RBI single by Brianne Joseph, driving in Shannon King and Madeline Lynch-Crumrine.
The Redhawks narrowed their deficit in the bottom of the inning, adding three runs, to trail, 5-3. With two outs, Brianna Guerrero (Buena Park, Calif.) singled to left field, driving in Jessica Ulrich (Lewiston, Idaho). In the next at bat, Jenny Hurst (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) hit a 2RBI single to right field to bring in Brittney Lott (Tacoma, Wash.) and Becca Cable (Tacoma, Wash.). The Redhawks left two on base, with Guerrero reaching third, but a final out ended the inning.
The Redhawks kept Bradley runners at second and third base to end the fifth, as neither team scored in the inning.
In the top of the sixth, Mariah Cole and Brianne Joseph added unearned runs to give Bradley the 7-3 advantage and, despite leaving one runner on base in the seventh, this proved to be the final score.
Sugita was handed the loss for SU, allowing seven runs on 11 hits while walking one and striking out three. Ulrich entered in relief, facing seven batters in 1 2/3 innings.
Lynch-Crumrine earned the win, allowing just three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out five in the circle for the Braves.
The Redhawks continue their busy weekend with four more games over the next three days at the Husky Softball Classic at nearby Washington. SU faces New Mexico on Friday, Mar. 8 at 12:30 p.m., Ohio and Yale on Mar. 9 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and host Washington on Mar. 10 at 3 p.m.