SEATTLE – (April 6) Seattle University softball swept a doubleheader against Kansas City Friday, beating the ‘Roos, 6-2 and 13-0, at Logan Field. Andie Larkins and Shianne Smith threw complete games to lead the Redhawks to pair of Western Athletic Conference (WAC) victories.
“It was good to see us play Seattle U softball today,” said Coach Geoff Hirai. “We’ll try to do it again tomorrow.”
The Redhawks started quickly in the nightcap, striking for three runs in the first inning. Alyson Matriotti led off with a base hit, and after Ally Choate replaced her at first on a fielder’s choice, Madison Cathcart smashed a double to left centerfield and Choate took off, scoring the first run of the game. Susanne Morris then singled. Erika Rodgers came on as a pinch-runner and stole second. With two down, Thompson found grass with a single to bring in two runs for a 3-0 lead.
Shianne Smith controlled the ‘Roo attack early, not allowing a hit until the fourth frame. She pitched a 1-2-3 third inning to allow SU to get back to the plate, where it would score five times to pull away.
Bailey Thompson walked with one out and then Cherise Silvan tripled down the left field line, scoring Thompson. Breanna Timmons then hit a double to drive in Silvan for a 5-0 lead. An Emma Mitchell line drive up the middle put runners at the corners. After Nicole Bolasky pinch-ran and stole a base, Molly Campbell singled to bring in two more runs and chase the UMKC pitcher. Cathcart hit an RBI single to center to cap the inning, as the hosts went ahead, 8-0.
SU put the pedal to the floor in the fourth, racking up five runs on five hits, as Hirai used the opportunity to get his bench in the game. Sara Dominguez was hit by a pitch and then Alyssia Duarte hit a single for her first career hit. Bolasky and Matriotti both hit RBI singles to expand the lead. Carley Nance then worked the count full and hammered a home run into right centerfield, marking her first career hit and giving SU a 13-0 lead.
Smith got a strikeout and a double play in the fifth, finishing off her one-hitter. She struck out five and walked two in the contest. The offense matched a season high with 16 hits. Cathcart had three hits, two RBIs, and a walk. Silvan and Matriotti each tallied two hits.
In the opener, Matriotti and Morris teamed up to get SU on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning. Matriotti singled back up the middle to lead off. She then stole second base with one out. Morris then drove her in with a base hit over the second baseman’s head, making it 1-0 early.
The visitors came back with a pair of runs in the top of the second to take the lead. In the bottom of the third, Ally Choate led off with an infield single. A Morris hit and a Maddy Kristjanson walk loaded the bases with one out. Thompson supplied a sacrifice fly, tying the contest at 2 after three frames.
Andie Larkins rolled through the fourth and fifth, allowing just two walks. Choate reached on an error to spark a rally in the bottom of the fifth. Cathcart walked and Morris continued her big day with a single to load the bases. Kristjanson hit a groundball to third and the throw home was wide, allowing Choate to score. Thompson followed with a single to center, plating another run for a 4-2 advantage. With two outs, Breanna Timmons singled to shallow right center as two more runs crossed and the Redhawks grabbed a 6-2 margin.
Larkins pitched a 1-2-3 sixth and in the seventh, the junior picked up two quick outs. She gave up a walk and a hit, but retired Olivia Flehr with a groundout to second, ending the game.
Larkins tossed her fifth complete game of the season, allowing six hits and no earned runs. She struck out five batters. Morris went 3-3 with an RBI, while Timmons had two hits and drove in two runs.
The teams will meet once more on Saturday. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Logan Field.