After topping UTSA (23-21, 6-9 WAC) on Friday, 4-3, Seattle University softball (19-24, 8-7 WAC) dropped game one of the doubleheader, 2-1, before rebounding with a 9-1 win in six innings in the nightcap. This is the Redhawks’ second straight Western Athletic Conference series win after sweeping Utah State last weekend.
“This was our first WAC road series win,” said head coach Dan Powers. “After losing a heartbreaker in the first game, we came out strong. Richelle [Ashburn] and Mandie [Sugita] threw great today. Rogin led the way in game two with several big hits.”
Game 1: UTSA 2, Seattle U 1
After leaving Bubba Morrow (Auburn, Wash.) on base to end the first inning, the Redhawks struggled offensively as UTSA pitcher Haylee Staton retired the side in order in the second through fourth innings.
Erin Crowley (Kent, Wash.) gave Seattle U their first hit of the ballgame, a single to the pitcher, in the top of the fifth, but the Redhawks left Crowley and Sarah Petosa (Federal Way, Wash.) on base to end the inning.
The Roadrunners threatened in the bottom of the fifth, but left the bases loaded to end the inning as two final outs ended the threat.
Scoreless until the bottom of the sixth, the Roadrunners broke up the 0-0 tie as Jori Fox singled to right field to drive in Alexis Ramirez for the go-ahead run. UTSA attempted to add to the lead but left two runners on base to end the inning.
With two outs in the top of the seventh, Brianna Guerrero (Buena Park, Calif.) hit a solo home run to left field to tie the game, 1-1.
Looking as though the contest may go into extra innings, UTSA started the bottom of the seventh with two quick outs. Vivian Tijerina was then walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch and on a 1-2 count, Megan Low doubled to center field to drive in Tijerina for the game-winning run.
In the circle for the Redhawks, Richelle Ashburn (Post Falls, Idaho) allowed one run on eight hits while walking three and striking out two in 5 1/3 innings in the start. Jessica Ulrich (Lewiston, Idaho) entered in relief, and was handed the loss, allowing the final run on one hit while walking one and striking out two in 1 1/3 innings pitched.
For UTSA, Staton struck out six, allowing just one run on four hits as well as walking one in the complete game win.
Game 2: Seattle U 9, UTSA 1 (6 innings)
A back-and-forth contest through the first four innings, SU took the early lead and despite a one-run Roadrunner comeback, the Redhawks were able to regain and extend the lead through the remainder of the game.
UTSA advanced Samantha Beeson as far as third to end the first inning, but it was the Redhawks who scored first on a Rogin Hardy (Kirkland, Wash.) solo homer to right field with two outs. The Roadrunners evened the score, 1-1, in the bottom of the inning, as Victoria Birdwell hit an RBI single to second base to drive in Low.
The score remained tied until, with two outs in the top of the fourth, Hardy recorded her second RBI of the day, driving in Guerrero with a double to left center field as SU took the lead, 2-1.
With a one-run lead, a big fifth inning was what made the difference for the Redhawks as they tacked on four more runs, all with two outs. Brittney Lott (Tacoma, Wash.) drove in Allegra Wilde (Kennewick, Wash.) and Becca Cable (Tacoma, Wash.) for the first two runs on a 2RBI single to center field. Guerrero and Hardy followed with two straight singles to drive in Crowley and Lott to extend the Seattle U lead, 6-1.
Three up and three down for the Roadrunners in the bottom of the fifth and sixth, Seattle U added three more runs in the sixth to win, 9-1, as Cable scored on an Isabella Geronimo (San Mateo, Calif.) single and Morrow hit a 2RBI home run to drive in Geronimo.
Mandie Sugita (Rossmoor, Calif.) earned the complete game win for the Redhawks in the circle, allowing just one run on three hits in six innings. All three Roadrunner pitchers gave up three runs apiece as Alyssa Vordenbaum was handed the loss.
Hardy went 3-for-3 at the plate leading the team with 3RBIs, as the Redhawks outhit the Roadrunners, 10-3.
The Redhawks return home for a non-conference doubleheader vs. Portland State on Wednesday, Apr. 24 at 2 p.m. (rescheduled from Apr. 10) before hitting the road to face New Mexico State in a three-game conference series on Apr. 26-27. Stay tuned to GoSeattleU.com, @su_athletics on Twitter, and Seattle U Athletics on Facebook for all the latest information on Redhawk Athletics.