Seattle University softball (11-15) defeated Loyola
Marymount University, 6-5, in game one on the day before falling to host-Cal
State Northridge, 10-2, to finish out the first day of the Cal State Northridge
Game 1: Seattle U
6, LMU 5
Loyola Marymount (15-13) got on the board first as Seattle U
left one on base to end the top of the first. In the bottom of the inning, Hannah
Montalban scored the opening run to put the Lions ahead early, 1-0.
The Redhawks fought back, taking the 6-1 lead through three
innings. In the second, Allegra Wilde (Kennewick, Wash.) doubled to left center
to drive in Jenny Hurst (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Isabella Geronimo (San
Mateo, Calif.) and in the next inning, SU added four runs to their total. Brianna
Guerrero (Buena Park, Calif.) and Hurst each hit 2RBI singles in the
offensively powerful inning.
Neither team scoring in the fourth, LMU only left one on
base as Stephanie Crist was stranded at first following a walk.
The score still 6-1, LMU fought back with a pair of runs in
each of the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, Meghan Harman was hit by
pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the first run and, later in the inning,
Breeanna Sandoval singled to shortstop. Of note in the sixth, Montalban hit
another RBI single up the middle to make the score 6-5. SU left two on base,
including Geronimo at third, but a final groundout ended the inning for the
Neither team able to score in the seventh, with quick
three-and-outs for each team, the final score remained 6-5 as the Redhawks
topped the Lions.
Guerrero led SU with two hits, as six other Redhawks
recorded one hit apiece. The Redhawks outhit the Lions, 8-7.
In the circle, three Seattle U pitchers saw playing time, as
Mandie Sugita (Rossmoor, Calif.) earned the start and win, allowing three runs
while walking three and striking out three in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Jessica
Ulrich (Lewiston, Idaho) entered in relief, allowing two runs and striking out
one in one inning pitched, and Richelle Ashburn (Post Falls, Idaho) notched the
save, striking out one in 1 2/3 innings pitched.
For the Lions, Dana Waldusky was handed the loss, allowing
three runs while walking two in two innings pitched. Crist allowed the final three
runs on three hits in just 2/3 innings pitched, and Sydney Gouveia finished the
game, allowing just one hit while striking out eight in 4 1/3 innings pitched.
Game 2: CSUN 10,
Seattle U 2 (6 innings)
As neither team could score in the first two innings, they
each left a runner on base in the first. Sarah Petosa (Federal Way, Wash.) was
left stranded on second, and CSUN’s Madalyne Handy advanced to third before a
final out ended the inning.
Seattle U scored first in the top of the third as Wilde
scored after a Bubba Morrow (Auburn, Wash.) single, with all runners advancing
on a fielding error by the CSUN outfield. The Redhawks could not add to their
lead as they left two runners in scoring position to end the inning.
With the Redhawks in the lead, 1-0, CSUN took the 2-1 lead,
which would prove to be the lead for good, on a sacrifice bunt by Mia Pagano
and an RBI single by Mikayla Thielges later in the inning.
Neither team scoring in the fourth inning, the Matadors
added three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the 5-1 lead. Highlighting
the inning for CSUN was a 2RBI double to left field by Maylynn Mitchell. The
Matadors again loaded the bases, but SU stranded all three on base to end the
The Redhawks added another run to their total in the top of
the sixth to close the margin to three, 5-2, as Hurst hit an RBI double to
center field, driving in Guerrero. But, in the bottom of the inning, CSUN
scored five runs, including Thielges’ 2RBI home run to left field, to put the
run rule in effect and come away with the 10-2 win in six innings.
Ashburn was handed the loss in the start for Seattle U,
allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out two in 4 2/3 innings
pitched. Ulrich allowed the final five runs on five hits while walking one and
striking out one in 2/3 inning pitched. Breonna Chrisman (Snohomish, Wash.) saw
her first action in the circle for SU, facing the final batter of the contest.
For the Matadors, Shelly Tait earned the win, allowing just
one run on three hits while walking one and striking out two in four innings
pitched. Brianna Elder allowed one run on three hits while striking out two in
two relief innings pitched.
The Redhawks return to action in their final day at the Cal
State Northridge Invitational on Sunday, Mar. 17, again facing LMU at 9:30 a.m.
and Cal State Northridge (12-18) at 12 p.m.