SEATTLE – Seattle University softball hosts Northern Illinois in the 2019 home opener on Tuesday at Logan Field.
FOLLOW THE REDHAWKS
• Tuesday, Mar. 12 at 4 p.m.
• vs. Northern Illinois
ABOUT THE GAMES
• Seattle U (13-9) vs. Northern Illinois (9-11)
• All-time series-Seattle U leads, 1-0
• Neutral site-Seattle U leads, 1-0
• Last meeting-Seattle U won, 4-3, at Husky Classic (Mar. 9, 2019)
NEWS AND NOTES
• The Redhawks won two out of three contests at the Oklahoma State/Tulsa Invitational on Mar. 1-2. They beat No. 25 Illinois, 5-2, and handled McNeese State, 6-1, while falling to Syracuse.
• SU’s win over the Illini is the first over a nationally-ranked foe in program history. Carley Nance pitched a complete game, while Alyson Matriotti tripled and Ally Choate homered to lead the offense.
• Seattle U’s 11-7 start matches the best 18-game start in Division I program history. Last year’s edition also won 11 of its first 18 outings. The 2018 Redhawks recorded the most successful season in D1 program history, winning 33 games.
• Seattle U went 3-2 at the 2019 Aggie Invitational, beating UTEP, Idaho State, and Saint Mary’s at the event. Carley Nance threw two complete games on the weekend, allowing just one earned run over 17 innings of work. She struck out 13 and walked two batters in three appearances.
• At the Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, the Redhawks went 5-0, marking their first unbeaten non-conference weekend since 2014.
• In a win over Georgetown on Feb. 15, SU tied an NCAA record with five home runs in an inning. Madison Cathcart, Bailey Thompson, Grace Dudden, Emma Mitchell, and Ally Choate each homered in the third frame, as the Redhawks became the ninth team in NCAA history to achieve the feat.
• Bailey Thompson won WAC Hitter of the Week for the period ending Feb. 17. The sophomore tallied eight hits, including five home runs and a double, in five games in Las Vegas. Thompson slugged 1.846 and drove in 11 runs on the weekend.
• Carley Nance earned WAC Pitcher of the Week honors for the period ending Feb. 17. She went 3-0 with a save in four appearances at the Rebel Classic. The redshirt sophomore struck out 17 hitters and walked just one, while allowing just two earned runs on the weekend.
• SU is tied for second nationally with 20 home runs through two weekends of the season. Bailey Thompson’s six homers are good for second in the country as well.
• At the season-opening Kajikawa Classic, the Redhawks went 1-4, coming within two runs in each of their four setbacks. SU beat Weber State, 8-0 in five innings, for its first win of 2019.
• Sophomore Ally Choate hit .667 (10-15) with three walks and a HBP in Arizona. She scored five runs to go with three RBIs, a double, a triple, and a stolen base in five outings.
• Shianne Smith threw a complete game three-hitter in the win over Weber State.
• 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.