SEATTLE – Seattle University softball went toe-to-toe with No. 6 Washington Sunday afternoon, pushing the Huskies all day before UW pulled out a 1-0 decision at the Husky Classic. Carley Nance was terrific, throwing 5.1 innings against the 2018 College World Series participant.
Facing UW’s Gabbie Plain, Nance needed to be on her A game and performed well Sunday. She didn’t allow a runner to get past second base until the fifth inning, striking out three hitters along the way. Bailey Thompson helped the cause by throwing out an attempted base-stealer in the third and then a 4-6-3 double play was vital in the fifth. UW eventually plated a run on a passed ball later in the frame.
Shianne Smith relieved Nance in the sixth and the Huskies loaded the bases, but Smith got a key strikeout of Sis Bates to slam the door on the threat.
Plain was even better, though, holding the Redhawks (13-9) down throughout the contest. Madison Cathcart drew a two-out walk in the seventh, but SU could not find any more success as Plain closed out the game.
The Redhawks will face Northern Illinois in their 2019 home opener on Tuesday. The doubleheader is slated for a 4 p.m. start at Logan Field.