The Seattle University softball team closed out its participation in the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State University, losing to Penn State, 6-1, and #22 Stanford, 10-1, Sunday at the Tempe Sports Complex.
Penn State 6, Seattle U 1
Penn State (3-2) struck first in the bottom of the second inning, as Macy Jones hit a one-out double, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on a single to right field by Kristina Brackpool. Seattle U responded in the top of the third, starting when Paige Bouska (Keizer, Ore.) and Isabella Geronimo (San Mateo, Calif.) notched back-to-back infield singles and advanced another base on a Penn State error. Brianna Guerrero (Buena Park, Calif.) drove in Bouska on a fielder’s choice to tie the game at 1-1.
The Lady Lions took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth inning with three runs, two of them coming on a home run by Brackpool. Penn State scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, and starting pitcher Marlaina Laubach did the rest, retiring the final 10 Redhawk batters in order as she allowed just four hits and two walks in the game while earning four strikeouts.
Lindsay Davis (Palo Cedro, Calif.) started the game and took the loss, giving up eight hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. Alyssa Reuble (Lynnwood, Wash.) came on in relief and pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and a walk.
#22 Stanford 10, Seattle U 1
Seattle U struck first in the bottom of the first inning as Bouska led off with a single, followed by walks to Geronimo and Guerrero that loaded the bases with nobody out. Jenny Hurst (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) drove in Bouska with a groundout, but that would be the Redhawks’ only run of the inning and the game.
Stanford (6-0) responded in the top of the second inning, starting with a leadoff home run by Bessie Noll. The Cardinal rallied with two outs, as a triple by Tylyn Wells drove in Cassandra Roulund, followed by a Hanna Winter single that scored Wells, and then Kayla Bonstrom’s single scored Winter, who had stolen second base and advanced to third on a single by Leah White.
The Cardinal scored three more runs in the third inning off Seattle U starter Mandie Sugita (Rossmoor, Calif.) before she was replaced by Reuble. The freshman pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning, but a three-run home run by Jessica Plaza in the sixth inning gave Stanford the runs needed to end the game early.
The Redhawks had their chances to score more runs throughout the game, but left the bases loaded in both the second and fifth innings. Madi Schreyer came on in relief of Stanford starter Carley Hoover in the second inning and held the Seattle U offense at bay, allowing only two hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings of work.
Seattle University (1-5) heads to Las Vegas, Nev., next weekend for the Easton Desert Classic hosted by UNLV. The Redhawks start its participation against BYU Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6:45 p.m., and also has games scheduled against #4 Florida, Hawaii, Utah, Portland State, and Toledo.