The Seattle University offense exploded for 16 hits as the Redhawks won the first game of a softball doubleheader over Yale University, 6-1, before the second game was stopped in the third inning and eventually called off due to rain Tuesday afternoon at Logan Field at Seattle University Park.
Seattle U jumped on top in the bottom of the first inning as Isabella Geronimo (San Mateo, Calif.) singled, Bubba Morrow (Auburn, Wash.) walked, and Lisa Maulden (Maple Valley, Wash.) singled to load the bases. A grounder hit by Brittney Lott (Tacoma, Wash.) was mishandled, allowed Geronimo to score and the bases to remain loaded.
Coming in to hit after Rogin Hardy (Kirkland, Wash.) was hurt on a foul ball, Jessica Ulrich (Lewiston, Idaho) singled to drive in Morrow. Brianna Guerrero (Buena Park, Calif.) followed with a single that scored Maulden to give the Redhawks a 3-0 lead.
Lott led off the third inning with a single and came around to score on a double to left-center field by Ulrich. Ulrich, who had advanced to third on a wild throw home, came in to score on a single by Guerrero. The Redhawks had a chance to score more runs in the inning, as another Yale error allowed the bases to be loaded with just one out, but Bulldog reliever Kylie Williamson induced back-to-back groundouts to end the Seattle U threat.
Yale (2-6) broke through in the fourth inning on a one-out solo home run hit by Sarah Onorato. Lauren Delgadillo followed with a single and Christy Nelson drew a walk to put two runners on base with one out, but Seattle U starter Richelle Ashburn (Post Falls, Idaho) forced a popout and struck out the final batter of the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Allegra Wilde (Kennewick, Wash.) led off with a single and Sarah Petosa (Federal Way, Wash.) followed with an infield single. A single by Morrow loaded the bases, and after a groundout, Lott sent a single up the middle to score Geronimo with the final run of the game.
Ashburn retired the last eight Bulldog batters of the game to finish off her seventh victory of the season, allowing three hits, two walks, and one run while striking out six hitters in the complete game effort. Rhydian Glass took the loss for Yale, giving up nine hits, one walk, and five runs in 2 1/3 innings of work. Lott and Guerrero both went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in apiece, while Morrow and Ulrich picked up two hits each during the game.
The second game was started as the rain intensified, and both pitchers had control issues as they were continually slipping on the pitching rubber. With one out in the third inning, the umpires finally stopped the contest and asked for the tarp to be placed over the infield, and after consulting the immediate weather forecast, everyone agreed to call off the game, which had not reached official status. That wipes out a home run hit by Lott that smacked off the scoreboard over the right field wall.
Seattle University (10-14) heads to California for the CSU Northridge Invitational this weekend, facing the host Matadors and Loyola Marymount on both Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17. The next home game for the Redhawks is the WAC home opener against Texas State Friday, March 29, starting at 3 p.m. at Logan Field.