Despite a late comeback attempt in the bottom of the seventh, Seattle University softball (8-12) was unable to score and fell to New Mexico, 2-0, to open the Husky Softball Classic.
"Richelle threw great today but our bats were not there for her," said head coach Dan Powers.
A quiet first three innings for either team, the score remained 0-0 going into the fourth. The Redhawks had their best chance to score in the bottom of the second, leaving Brianna Guerrero (Buena Park, Calif.) stranded on second, after she walked and stole second base. The Lobos left just one runner on base in each of the first and third innings.
New Mexico got on the board in the top of the fourth as Kaity Ingram scored an unearned run on a nerror by the SU infield. They added a second run to take the 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth, as Sheryl Guillermo scored on a single by Mariah Rimmer. Seattle U left runners on first and second, respectively, in the fourth and fifth innings.
Neither team scoring in the sixth or seventh innings, the Redhawks had their two best chances to score in the final two innings. With Bubba Morrow (Auburn, Wash.) and Jessica Ulrich (Lewiston, Idaho) in scoring position, they were stranded on base as a final pop out ended the sixth.
In the bottom of the seventh, with SU runners on first and second and two outs, it appeared that the Lobos got the final out of the game. However, an illegal pitch extended the game and advanced Allegra Wilde (Kennewick, Wash.) and Becca Cable (Tacoma, Wash.) one base apiece, but a final groundout ended the Redhawks' chances as they fell, 2-0.
Lauren Soles got the start and earned the win for New Mexico (13-12) on the mound, allowing just one hit while walking two and striking out nine in five innings pitched. Carrie Sheehan got the save, allowing two hits while walking two in two innings of action.
In the circle for the Redhawks, Richelle Ashburn (Post Falls, Idaho) allowed two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out three in the complete game loss.
Seattle U continues their weekend at the Husky Softball Classic with contests tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 9, vs. Ohio University (10 a.m.) and Yale University (12:30 p.m.).