“Today we had some great defensive play and our bats came alive,” said head coach Dan Powers. “It was good to get the “W” today after a few close losses.”
Game 1: Ohio 5, Seattle U 0
The Redhawks left two on base to end the first inning, with Isabella Geronimo (San Mateo, Calif.) left in scoring position, but neither were able to score as a third out ended the top of the inning.
For the Bobcats, in the bottom of the inning, Lauren Gellerman hit a 2RBI home run to right field, driving in Timmie Rappe and putting Ohio up, 2-0.
Similarly in the second inning, two SU runners reached base, with Brianna Guerrero (Buena Park, Calif.) reaching second, but neither were able to score.
Ohio took advantage of their offensive opportunities in the second inning, adding an additional run, as Alyssa Wolfe scored on a bases loaded walk. The Redhawks were able to strand three to end the inning, keeping Ohio from scoring additional runs.
Neither team able to score in the third or fourth innings, the score remained 3-0 through the middle of the fifth inning. The Redhawks had their best chance to score in the top of the fourth, but they left the bases loaded to end the inning.
Caitlin Colvin opened the fifth inning for Ohio with a solo home run to left center, and Erin Lashley added a second run later in the inning.
Neither team was able to score in the sixth or seventh innings as the Redhawks fell, 5-0, to the Bobcats.
Jessica Ulrich (Lewiston, Idaho) got the start and was handed the loss for the Redhawks, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out one in 1 1/3 innings pitched. Mandie Sugita (Rossmoor, Calif.) entered in relief, giving up two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out seven.
Lauren McClary earned the complete game win, allowing just two hits while walking six and striking out three. Sarah Petosa (Federal Way, Wash.) and Geronimo broke up a no-hitter for McClary in the circle.
Game 2: Seattle U 6, Yale 2
The Redhawks got on the board in the first inning with a 2RBI home run by Ulrich to left field, driving in Petosa.
With the Bulldogs unable to score in the first or second innings, SU increased their lead, 3-0, on a single to left center by Allegra Wilde (Kennewick, Wash.) driving in Guerrero.
Yale scored a run of their own in the top of the third as Sarah Onorato hit a solo home run to left field. The Bulldogs left two runners on base, with Lauren Delgadillo at second, but they were not able to drive in the runs as the score remained 3-1.
Neither team scoring in the fourth inning, the Redhawks extended their lead, 4-1, in the bottom of the fifth as Geronimo hit a double to left center, bringing in Wilde.
Yale added an additional run in the top of the sixth as Oronato hit a single to center field but the Redhawks added two more in the bottom of the inning as Lisa Maulden (Maple Valley, Wash.) and Jenny Hurst (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) scored, and the Redhawks took the 6-2 win.
In the circle for the Bulldogs, Kylie Williamson got the start, allowing three runs on four hits while walking one in two innings pitched. Chelsey Dunham pitched the final two innings, allowing three runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three in four innings pitched.
Richelle Ashburn (Post Falls, Idaho) got the start and win for Seattle U, allowing two runs on nine hits while walking four and striking out four in 5 2/3 innings pitched. Sugita entered in relief, facing just four batters in 1 1/3 innings pitched.
The Redhawks finish their weekend at the Husky Softball Classic with a contest versus the host team, Washington, at 3 p.m. at Husky Softball Stadium.