Seattle U Travels to Portland State, Hosts Kansas City: Seattle University softball (13-25, 2-4 WAC) hosted nationally ranked Washington last week before winning their first home WAC series vs. Utah Valley with a pair of wins. This week, the Redhawks travel to Portland State for a non-conference doubleheader (Wednesday, Apr. 9 at 2 p.m.) before hosting Kansas City (DH on Friday, Apr. 11 at 4 p.m., single game Saturday, Apr. 12 at 2 p.m.). Links to available live media are on the softball schedule page at GoSeattleU.com.
Pink Game: Fans are encouraged to wear pink for the Redhawks’ annual Pink Game on Saturday, Apr. 12 as SU hosts Kansas City at 2 p.m. to close out the three-game WAC series. A special raffle and several other special promotions will be taking place throughout the game, all to benefit research for the cure of women’s cancers.
Scouting Portland State (4-26, 1-7 Big Sky): Portland State earned their first conference win vs. Idaho State on Mar. 22, 10-2 (6), in their Big Sky opening weekend, but is currently on a six-game losing streak since then. Last weekend, they were swept in a three-game series at Southern Utah, two of the three games finishing in five innings. Led at the plate by Brittany Hendrickson (.330, 30 hits, 15 runs, nine doubles, two home runs, 19 RBIs), the Vikings and Redhawks faced earlier this season (Feb. 15 at the Easton Desert Classic), a game SU won, 6-5, in nine innings.
Scouting Kansas City (12-27, 2-4 WAC): UMKC is tied for fourth place with Seattle U in league standings after handing league-leader New Mexico State their first loss, 9-5, on Apr. 4. The ‘Roos also took the final game, 4-2, from Grand Canyon the previous weekend. Led at the plate by Cinda Ramos (16 runs, 45 hits, 10 doubles, three home runs, 22 RBIs), Kansas City is set to host Kansas on Tuesday, Apr. 8 before making the trip to Seattle. The three-member pitching staff is led by Katie Kelley with six wins, nine complete games, 16 starts, and two shutouts.
Seattle U to Host 2014 WAC Tournament: Seattle U will host the 2014 WAC Tournament on May 8-10, with all five eligible teams (Grand Canyon is in DI reclassification and thus not eligible) advancing to the tournament. Stay tuned to GoSeattleU.com for updates and details as the date nears.
Seattle U and Utah Valley Combine To Set Six WAC Season Highs: In the series finale between Seattle U and Utah Valley on April 5, which the Wolverines won 13-12, the two teams combined to set six WAC season highs – runs scored (25), hits (29), RBI (19), doubles (9), total bases (53) and walks (11). Lisa Maulden tied the WAC single-game record in conference games with four runs scored.