Seattle University softball (11-19, 0-2 WAC), starting Western Athletic Conference play, dropped both contests to UT Arlington (17-12, 2-0 WAC). After an early deficit in game one, the Redhawks powered back in the late innings but fell, 5-3, and in game two, they took the Mavericks to extra innings but fell, 1-0, in the eighth.
“Errors and missed spots in pitching cost us today in the first game,” said head coach Dan Powers. “We battled hard and came up short. In game two, Mandie [Sugita] threw a great game but made one mistake. We will make adjustments and come out swinging tomorrow.”
Game 1: UT Arlington 5, Seattle U 3
In game one on the day, neither team was able to score, but each team left at least one runner on base in two of the first three innings. The Redhawks’ best early chance to score came in the third inning as Jenny Hurst (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) advanced to second, but she was left on base to end the inning. SU was able to strand UT Arlington’s Teri Lyles on third to end the first inning after she tripled to left field.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Mavericks scored first as Meagan Michele hit a solo home run to start off the inning. Rachel Forshaw singled to left field with one out, but was left on base.
The score remained 1-0 through the fifth, as Lisa Maulden (Maple Valley, Wash.) was stranded in scoring position in the top of the inning and the Redhawks stranded three Mavericks on base in the bottom of the fifth.
A quick three-and-out for the Redhawks in the top of the sixth, the bottom of the sixth proved to be the game changer as UT Arlington added four runs. Rebecca Stokes hit a 2RBI home run, driving in Lyles, followed by a pair of RBI singles by Kallan Thompson and Britnea Barili with two outs.
The score 5-0, the Redhawks added three solo home runs in the top of the seventh, each separated by a single out, but a final out ended the inning as the Redhawks fell, 5-3. Bubba Morrow (Auburn, Wash.), Brittney Lott (Tacoma, Wash.), and Hurst each contributed a solo home run in the inning. For Lott and Hurst, this was their first collegiate home run.
Four different Redhawks made contributions at the plate as they were outhit, 10-4.
In the circle, Richelle Ashburn (Post Falls, Idaho) allowed three runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out three in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Jessica Ulrich (Lewiston, Idaho) allowed two runs on three hits in 2/3 inning pitched in relief.
Lyles earned the complete game win, allowing three runs on four hits while walking three and striking out seven.
Game 2: UT Arlington 1, Seattle U 0 (8 innings)
In the Redhawks’ second extra innings contest of the season, the game remained scoreless through regulation, but the Mavericks came up with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
The Redhawks left two runners on base in the first and second innings, as Isabella Geronimo (San Mateo, Calif.) reached as far as third in the first inning, but a final strikeout ended SU’s scoring chances in the inning.
UT Arlington also left two on base in the first, as Michele was left on third after reaching base on a double to center field.
Seattle U again left two on base in the fifth, as Geronimo advanced to second on a single by Erin Crowley (Kent, Wash.) to shortstop, but a final strikeout left both runners on base.
Left in scoring position to end the top of the eighth, Lott remained on second to end the inning after doubling to left field. In the bottom of the eighth, the Mavericks were able to drive in the winning run as Taylor Zink scored on a double to center field by Michele.
Crowley, Maulden, and Lott recorded hits for the Redhawks in game two, but they were outhit, 9-3, by UT Arlington.
In the circle, Mandie Sugita (Rossmoor, Calif.) allowed one run on nine hits while striking out five in 7 1/3 innings pitched. Callie Collins gave up just three hits while walking four and striking out 16 in the complete game win for UT Arlington.
The Redhawks cap off the weekend with a single game at UT Arlington tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 23 at 11 a.m. PT. They return home for a weekend series vs. Texas State, picked the preseason conference favorite, on Mar. 29-30.