After Texas State took control with a seven-run inning, Seattle University chipped away at its deficit, but could not completely erase it as the Bobcats defeated the Redhawks, 7-4, Saturday afternoon in Western Athletic Conference softball action at Logan Field at Seattle University Park.
Seattle U scored first in the bottom of the third inning when Isabella Geronimo (San Mateo, Calif.) hit a one-out double to left field and scored on a single up the middle by Rogin Hardy (Kirkland, Wash.). Meanwhile, Redhawk starter Richelle Ashburn (Post Falls, Idaho) continued her strong pitching performance from the previous day, allowing just two hits over the first three innings.
Ashburn ran into control issues in the fourth inning, issuing back-to-back walks to Kellie Baker and Katie Doerre to lead off the inning. After a failed sacrifice attempt, Haley Lemons singled to load the bases, and Coralee Ramirez followed with a single that scored Kellie Baker. Delia Saucedo hit a ground ball back to Ashburn, whose throw home was off target and eluded Seattle U catcher Bubba Morrow (Auburn, Wash.), allowing both pinch runner Brooke Baker and Lemons to score.
Anna Hernandez laid down a bunt single, driving in Ramirez. After a groundout, Jordan Masek hit a double down the left field line, and Hernandez came around to score. Mandie Sugita (Rossmoor, Calif.) came on in relief of Ashburn, but Kellie Baker greeted her with a two-run double down the left field line, increasing Texas State’s lead to 7-1.
Bobcat starter Rayn House retired the first two batters of the fifth inning before Geronimo singled to center field and Hardy doubled to left field. Brittney Lott (Tacoma, Wash.) drove Geronimo and Hardy in with a single to right field, but Delia Saucedo replaced House in the pitching circle and retired Morrow on a flyout to end the Redhawk threat.
Lisa Maulden (Maple Valley, Wash.) led off the sixth inning with a walk, and Brianna Guerrero (Buena Park, Calif.) followed with a single to right field. Jenny Hurst (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) hit a ground ball to second base, but Hernandez’s throw to force Guerrero was wide, allowing pinch runner Erin Crowley (Kent, Wash.) to come around and score.
Pinch hitter Hayley Beckstrom (Maple Valley, Wash.) drew a walk to load the bases, but Saucedo picked up a strikeout and threw out Guerrero at home on a fielder’s choice. Hardy hit a shot to the right side of the field, but Lemons lunged to her right and made the catch to end the inning.
Texas State (7-27, 2-4 WAC) hit into a double play to end the top of the seventh inning, but Saucedo retired the Redhawks in order in the bottom of the seventh to finish off the game and earn her second save of the season. House was credited with the win after allowing six hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings of work, while Ashburn took the loss by giving up six hits, two walks, and seven runs, only one of them earned, in 3 2/3 innings.
Geronimo led the Redhawk offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Hardy was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a run batted in. Ramirez and Hernandez each went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Masek and Lemons produced 2-for-4 performances for the Bobcats.
Seattle University (13-21, 2-4 WAC) heads to San Jose, Calif., for a three-game WAC series against the San Jose State Spartans, starting with a single game Friday, April 5, at 3 p.m. and continuing with a doubleheader Saturday, April 6, starting at 12 noon. The Redhawks will next play at home Wednesday, April 10, against Portland State in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.