“We showed a lot of heart battling back in both games,” said head coach Dan Powers. “Our defense allowed too many extra chances today and against good teams, we can’t afford to give second chances.”
Game 1: San Jose State 10, Seattle U 7
In game one on the day, a big first inning for the Spartans set the tone as they went ahead, 7-0, in the first two innings of play. In the first inning, SJSU scored five thanks in part to a 2 RBI double by Jessica Garcia and a bases loaded walk bringing in Taylor Purdy. They tacked on two more runs in the second to extend their lead.
Three up and three down for the Redhawks in the opening two innings, Brittney Lott (Tacoma, Wash.) was the first to reach base on a single to right center to open the third inning. The Redhawks would decrease the margin, 7-5, adding five runs of their own in the inning. Allegra Wilde (Kennewick, Wash.) drove in Becca Cable (Tacoma, Wash.) for the first run followed by a 2RBI single by Bubba Morrow (Auburn, Wash.) and a 2 RBI home run by Lisa Maulden (Maple Valley, Wash.), her fifth of the season.
In the bottom of the inning, the Spartans tacked on a single run to take the 8-5 lead as Devin Caldwell scored on an RBI single by Michelle Cox.
Even in the fourth, each team added two runs in the inning, which would prove to be the final score. Rogin Hardy (Kirkland, Wash.) drove in two runs for the Redhawks with a 2 RBI single to make the final score 10-7. Seattle U left three on base over the final three innings, but was not able to drive in the tying runs.
Richelle Ashburn (Post Falls, Idaho) allowed five runs on three hits while walking three in 1/3 inning pitched. In relief, Jessica Ulrich (Lewiston, Idaho) allowed five runs on six hits while walking and striking out two in 5 2/3 innings pitched.
For the Spartans, Madison Fish earned the win in the circle, giving up all seven runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out two. Amanda Pridmore earned the save allowing just one hit in three relief innings pitched.
Game 2: San Jose State 6, Seattle U 3
The score remained tied through two and a half innings, as each team added a run in the first to tie the game, 1-1. Morrow hit her fifth home run of the season, tying Maulden for the team lead, for the Redhawks and Cox evened the score on a single by Purdy.
The Spartans added an additional two runs to gain the lead, 3-1, in the bottom of the third resulting from back-to-back doubles by Garcia and Cheryl Freitas.
Seattle U added one run apiece in both the fourth and sixth innings, each on a sacrifice fly, to tie the game, 3-3, going into the bottom of the sixth.
The Spartans regained the lead for good, 6-3, on a sacrifice fly by Annica Wolfe and two straight doubles by Markesha Collins and Cox. Lott singled to center field in the top of the seventh, but three subsequent outs ended the Redhawks’ chances to score as they fell in game two on the day.
Mandie Sugita (Rossmoor, Calif.) was handed the loss, allowing six runs on 11 hits while walking two and striking out one in the complete game.
Pridmore earned the complete game win giving up three runs on four hits and walking one while striking out seven.
The Redhawks host Portland State for a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, Apr. 10 starting at 2 p.m. before hosting Utah State for a weekend series on Friday, Apr. 12 at 3 p.m. (DH) and Saturday, Apr. 13 at 1 p.m.