With two comebacks throughout the contest, Seattle University softball (18-23, 7-6 WAC) earned the 4-3 win in game one of the Western Athletic Conference series at UTSA (22-20, 5-8 WAC).
"I'm really proud of how this team is coming along," said head coach Dan Powers. "Tonight was another great example of grinding out a win. Some timely hits by Rogin [Hardy], Jenny [Hurst], Erin [Crowley], and Brittney [Lott] were the key today."
With the bases loaded and one out, UTSA took the early lead with an RBI single by Megan Low to drive in Darian Blake in the bottom of the first.
Each team added a hit and left a runner on base in the second, with Brittney Lott (Tacoma, Wash.) left in scoring position, but the Redhawks evened the score in the top of the third. As Isabella Geronimo (San Mateo, Calif.) reached base on a fielding error following an Allegra Wilde (Kennewick, Wash.) single, Rogin Hardy (Kirkland, Wash.) drove in Wilde for the tying run, 1-1.
Mandie Sugita (Rossmoor, Calif.) retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning as the game remained tied through three.
With a lead-off double in the fourth, Lisa Maulden (Maple Valley, Wash.) scored in the next at bat on a single by Jenny Hurst (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) to take the 2-1 lead. Hurst scored to put the Redhawks ahead, 3-1, on Erin Crowley’s (Kent, Wash.) first career triple.
The Roadrunners left two on base in both the fourth and fifth innings, but the Redhawks kept the two-run lead through midway through the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, UTSA tied the game, 3-3, on an RBI double by Paige Hamilton and an RBI single by Samantha Beeson, each with one out. Following the first run, Richelle Ashburn (Post Falls, Idaho) entered in relief as there were two straight outs to end the Roadrunner threat.
Seattle U regained the lead in the top of the seventh, 4-3, as Geronimo scored the game-winning run on a single up the middle by Lott with one out. Alexis Ramirez reached as far as second for UTSA in the bottom of the seventh, but two final outs gave Seattle U the win in game one of the series.
Sugita pitched the first 5 1/3 innings for the Redhawks, allowing all three runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out five. Ashburn earned the win, giving up just three hits in 1 2/3 innings pitched.
For the Roadrunners, Alyssa Vordenbaum got the start in the circle, allowing three runs on six hits while walking one. Jolene Graham was handed the loss, allowing the final run on two hits in 3 1/3 inning. Haylee Staton pitched the final 2/3 inning, allowing just one hit and striking out one. Vordenbaum and Graham struck out three apiece.
The Redhawks and Roadrunners return to action tomorrow, Saturday, Apr. 20, with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. PT to finish the series. Those in attendance are encouraged to wear pink as it will be UTSA’s annual “Strike Out Cancer” event to benefit the San Antonio Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.