In two tightly contested games, Seattle University and Texas State split a Western Athletic Conference softball doubleheader Friday afternoon at Logan Field at Seattle University Park, with the Bobcats winning the first game, 2-1, before the Redhawks responded with a 2-0 win in the nightcap.
In the third inning of the first game, Katie Doerre earned a one-out single and was replaced by pinch runner Brooke Keel. With two outs, Kellie Baker laced a double down the right field line, but the relay from Lisa Maulden (Maple Valley, Wash.) to Brittney Lott (Tacoma, Wash.) to Bubba Morrow (Auburn, Wash.) arrived at the plate in time, cutting down Keel and keeping the contest scoreless.
The Redhawks put together their first chance in the fourth inning, as Brianna Guerrero (Buena Park, Calif.) singled, followed by walks drawn by Rogin Hardy (Kirkland, Wash.) and Jenny Hurst (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) to load the bases with two outs. However, Allegra Wilde (Kennewick, Wash.) hit into a fielder’s choice, forcing Hurst at second base to end the inning.
Texas State (6-27, 1-4 WAC) put together another scoring chance in the fifth inning when Jordan Masek doubled and Coralee Ramirez reached on an infield single, with both runners moving into scoring position on a passed ball with one out. Seattle U pitcher Mandie Sugita (Rossmoor, Calif.) notched a strikeout and a groundout to end the Bobcat threat.
Baker led off the sixth inning with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and came around to score on a single by Haley Lemons. The Redhawks came right back in the bottom of the sixth, starting with a leadoff double from Morrow, who was replaced by Sarah Petosa (Federal Way, Wash.) as a pinch runner. Petosa advanced to third on a sacrifice attempt by Guerrero, and she scored when Delia Saucedo’s fourth ball to Hardy was mishandled by catcher Macie Hair. Unfortunately, three consecutive groundouts kept Seattle U from pulling ahead.
With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Doerre hit her third home run of the season, a shot over the wall in right field, to put the Bobcats ahead, 2-1. Saucedo overcame a two-out fielding error to shut down the Redhawks in the bottom of the seventh, picking up her first victory of the season. Sugita pitched a complete game for Seattle U, allowing eight hits and two runs.
In the second game, Isabella Geronimo (San Mateo, Calif.) led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a double to left-center field by Lott. Texas State threatened to score in the second inning, as the first two batters notched singles and the bases would eventually be loaded, but Redhawk pitcher Richelle Ashburn (Post Falls, Idaho) struck out Baker to end the Bobcat scoring opportunity.
Ashburn would dominate the Bobcats the rest of the way, setting down the last 16 batters in order to collect her eighth victory of the season. Morrow would add an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning with her fourth home run of the season.
Baker led the Bobcats by going 3-for-3 in the first game, while Doerre finished game one 2-for-3 and Masek went 1-for-3 in each contest. Morrow and Guerrero each collected two hits during the doubleheader to lead the Redhawks, who were held to six hits the entire day.
Seattle University (13-20, 2-3 WAC) and Texas State will play the rubber game of the weekend series Saturday, March 30, starting at 1 p.m.