WEEKEND PREVIEW: SB at Red Desert Classic
By Seattle University
MARCH 1, 2018
SEATTLE – (March 1) Seattle University softball makes the trip to Southern Utah for the Red Desert Classic from March 2-4.
FOLLOW THE REDHAWKS
- Friday, March 2 at 11:30 a.m. Pacific/12:30 p.m. Mountain
- at Southern Utah
- Friday, March 2 at 2 p.m. Pacific/3 p.m. Mountain
- vs. Montana
- Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. Pacific/2 p.m. Mountain
- vs. Montana
- Saturday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific/2:30 p.m. Mountain
- vs. Weber State
- Sunday, March 4 at 9 a.m. Pacific/10 a.m. Mountain
- at Southern Utah
ABOUT THE GAMES
- Seattle U (9-6) vs. Southern Utah (1-11)
- All-time series-Southern Utah leads, 3-1
- Away-Seattle U leads, 1-0
- Neutral-Southern Utah leads, 2-1
- Last meeting-Seattle U won, 6-4, at Southern Utah (Feb. 9, 2013)
- Seattle U (9-6) vs. Montana (3-11)
- All-time series-Montana leads, 3-2
- Away-Montana leads, 3-0
- Neutral-Seattle U leads, 2-0
- Last meeting-Montana won, 9-8, at Montana (March 19, 2017)
- Seattle U (9-6) vs. Weber State (6-9)
- All-time series-Seattle U leads, 9-7
- Home-Seattle U leads, 3-1
- Away-Seattle U leads, 5-3
- Neutral-Weber State leads, 3-1
- Last meeting-Weber State won, 2-1 at the USD Tournament (March 14, 2014)
NEWS AND NOTES
- For a third straight weekend, the Redhawks went 3-2, this time at the Libby Matson Tournament. They defeated Northern Colorado, Nevada, and Pacific in the event, hosted by Pacific from Feb. 22-24.
- Carley Nance was terrific at the Libby Matson Tournament, winning twice and throwing a pair of complete games. In a 3-1 win at Pacific, the redshirt freshman went seven innings, allowing six hits and one run. She struck five and walked none in the victory.
- Among WAC pitchers, Nance leads the league in wins (6) and strikeouts (46).
- Madison Cathcart ranks fourth nationally with seven home runs in 2018. The sophomore paces the WAC in homers, on-base percentage (.582), slugging percentage (1.075), and total bases (43).
- SU won three of its five contests at the Marucci Desert Classic from Feb. 15-17. Its six wins are the most by any WAC program this season.
- Madison Cathcart was chosen WAC Hitter of the Week after batting .412 with two home runs and two doubles in Las Vegas. The sophomore ranks second nationally with six homers in 2018.
- The Redhawks beat Utah State and Hawai’i on the first day of the Marucci Desert Classic. Susanne Morris hit a three-run home run to spark a rally against USU and then Andie Larkins and Carley Nance combined to blank Hawai’i over the final six innings of a 4-2 win.
- Despite a seven-run rally against San Jose State on Feb. 17, SU fell, 10-8, to the Spartans. Later in the day, the Redhawks beat Nevada, 2-1, as Maddy Kristjanson hit a sacrifice fly to score Kaylee Ree for a walk-off victory. Seattle U won despite claiming just one hit in the contest.
- Seattle U went 3-2 at the Kajikawa Classic on opening weekend. It marked the best start by the Redhawks since 2013.
- SU beat Stanford, 13-9, on Feb. 9, as the Redhawks rallied with a nine-run fifth inning. Kaylee Ree hit a grand slam to highlight the action. The victory is SU’s third-ever over a Pac-12 program.
- On Feb. 10, Seattle U won a pair of marathon extra-inning games. It beat CSUN, 6-4 in eight innings, on Susanne Morris’ two-run walk-off home run. The Redhawks followed with a come-from-behind 11-8 win over Western Michigan. The 10-inning contest took nearly four hours as SU rallied from a 7-3 deficit in the seventh inning. Sara Dominguez hit a tying home run to force extra innings. In the 10th inning, Ally Choate drove in Alyson Matriotti for the go-ahead run and then Madison Cathcart blasted a two-run homer to make it 11-8.
- SU’s two losses both came by a single run, as Notre Dame (4-3) and Nebraska (3-2) narrowly pulled out wins.
- Coach Geoff Hirai begins his third season at the Redhawks’ head coach. He took SU to its first-ever WAC Championship Game appearance in 2017.
- The Redhawks were picked to finish third in the 2018 WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Grand Canyon and defending champion New Mexico State were voted to take first and second, respectively.
- Andie Larkins is the WAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year. The junior earned All-WAC Second Team and WAC All-Tournament honors last season. She is the first Redhawk to win a major WAC preseason award.
- Sophomores Alyson Matriotti and Madison Cathcart return following All-WAC performances in 2017. Matriotti earned All-WAC First Team after hitting .419 in conference games as a freshman. The third baseman tallied 11 stolen bases in 12 tries on the year. Cathcart was an All-WAC Second Team choice, having led SU in RBIs (40) while starting all 52 games at first base.
- Andie Larkins and Kaylee Ree were both named All-WAC Preseason in February. Larkins set six Division I program records last season. Ree led the team with a .508 on-base percentage in WAC action. She started all 52 games at second base in 2017.
- SU features eight newcomers this season, with six true freshmen, one redshirt freshman, and one junior transfer joining the roster.
- In 2017, SU won 20 games and tied for third in the WAC regular season standings. It then won its first two games at the WAC Championship and advanced to its first-ever WAC Championship Game.
- Southern Utah has a 1-11 record in 2018. It was picked to finish in a fifth-place tie in the Big Sky Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Sarah Murphy is hitting .533 in six starts, while Taylei Williams leads the Thunderbirds with 14 hits and nine RBIs this year.
- Montana is 3-11 this season. The Grizzlies were voted to win the Big Sky in the preseason poll after winning the conference championship in 2017. Delene Colburn has a .386 batting average, including three home runs and three doubles, to pace the offense.
- Weber State sports a 6-9 record through weeks of the 2018 schedule. It was voted to take second in the Big Sky Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Wildcats won the 2017 Big Sky regular season title before losing to Montana in the tournament championship game. Takesha Saltern leads WSU regulars with a .400 batting average and 12 runs, while Ashlyn Visser is hitting .388 with six homers and 15 RBIs.