SEATTLE – Seattle University softball begins the regular season with five games at the Kajikawa Classic, hosted by Arizona State. SU will face three Pac-12 programs, including 2018 College World Series qualifier Oregon. Friday’s games will be streamed on FloSoftball, while the Pac-12 Network will stream Saturday’s game against Oregon State and Sunday’s game against Oregon.
FOLLOW THE REDHAWKS
• Friday, Feb. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Mountain/1:30 p.m. Pacific
• vs. Bradley
• Friday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. Mountain/4 p.m. Pacific
• vs. Weber State
• Saturday, Feb. 9 at 9:30 a.m. Mountain/8:30 p.m. Pacific
• vs. Oregon State
• Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m. Mountain/1:30 p.m. Pacific
• vs. Stanford
• Saturday, Feb. 9 at 9 a.m. Mountain/8 a.m. Pacific
• vs. No. 25 Oregon
ABOUT THE GAMES
• Seattle U (0-0) vs. Bradley (0-0)
• All-time series-First-ever meeting
• Last meeting-N/A
• Seattle U vs. Weber State (0-0)
• All-time series-Seattle U leads, 9-8
• Last meeting-Seattle U won, 7-1, at Red Desert Classic (March 3, 2018)
• Seattle U (0-0) vs. Oregon State (0-0)
• All-time series-Oregon State leads, 8-1
• Last meeting-Seattle U won, 2-1, at Oregon State (May 1, 2018)
• Seattle U vs. Stanford (0-0)
• All-time series-Stanford leads, 2-1
• Last meeting-Seattle U won, 13-9, at Kajikawa Classic (Feb. 9, 2018)
• Seattle U (0-0) vs. No. 25 Oregon (0-0)
• All-time series-Oregon leads, 9-0
• Last meeting-Oregon won, 4-2, at Kajikawa Classic (Feb. 11, 2018)
NEWS AND NOTES
• Seattle U heads to Arizona for opening weekend. It will face three Pac-12 programs in Tempe.
• The Redhawks came within a game of winning the 2018 WAC regular season title. They were voted to finish third in the 2019 WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
• At the 2018 Kajikawa Classic, SU went 3-2, including a win over Stanford and a pair of extra-inning victories.
• Coach Geoff Hirai is in his fourth year at Seattle U. In 2018, he guided SU to its most successful season in Division I program history, as the Redhawks won 33 games and played for the WAC regular season crown on the last day of the season.
• Madison Cathcart, Ally Choate, Andie Larkins, and Carley Nance were named Preseason All-WAC. In 2018, Cathcart, Larkins, and Choate were First Team All-WAC, while Nance, Kaylee Ree, and Bailey Thompson were picked Second Team All-WAC.
• SU will have to replace several contributors from 2018, including Maddy Kristjanson, a Second Team All-WAC choice last season, and Nicole Bolasky, who set the Redhawks’ single-season stolen base record with 26.
• Coach Geoff Hirai is in his fourth year at Seattle U. In 2018, he guided SU to its most successful season in Division I program history, as the Redhawks won 33 games.
• Madison Cathcart returns for her junior season after a fantastic sophomore campaign. She ranked in the top 10 nationally in six statistical categories. Cathcart set eight single-season SU records. She became the first player in program history to be chosen NFCA All-Region. The native of Longview, Wash., has been named to the 2019 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watchlist.
• Seattle U features the top pitching staff in the WAC, as Andie Larkins, Carley Nance, Shianne Smith, and Natalie Montgomery led the conference in ERA (2.98), wins (33), shutouts (9), strikeouts (288), and opponent batting average (.253) last season. Larkins was First Team All-WAC, winning 10 games and throwing seven complete games. In WAC play, she compiled a 1.78 ERA in seven appearances. Nance earned Second Team All-WAC recognition, winning 14 games and leading the WAC in strikeouts with 123. Smith paced the conference in ERA (2.42), opponent batting average (.210), and strikeouts per seven innings (6.84).
• The Redhawks feature six newcomers this season, with five freshmen and one transfer joining the squad for 2019.