SEATTLE – Seattle University softball swept a doubleheader with Cal Poly Tuesday afternoon, beating the Mustangs by scores of 15-0 and 8-0 in a pair of five-inning contests at Logan Field.
SU (22-11) was dominant in the opener, scoring eight runs in the second and six more in the third to wipe out the visitors. Madison Cathcart got the action started with a solo shot to right for a 1-0 lead.
Carley Nance allowed just one baserunner in the first two innings and then was hit by a pitch in her first trip to the plate. Cherise Silvan and Breanna Timmons both singled on the infield to load the bases with one out. Alyson Matriotti hit a groundball that allowed Nance to score the first run of the day. Olivia Viggiano singled to score a run and then Ally Choate did the same to make it 3-0. Madison Cathcart reached on an error that brought in another run.
After the second out of the frame, Bailey Thompson singled to short to bring in another run. Nance drew a walk to pack the bases for Silvan. The junior walked to make it 7-0 and then Timmons singled to cap the explosion with another run.
Nance made quick work of the Mustangs in the top of the third, getting help from Breanna Timmons, who started a 6-3 double play to erase a baserunner.
Viggiano led off the bottom of the inning with a walk. Choate then reached on an error and Cathcart followed with a single to load the bases. Kaylee Ree came through with a single to right to score a run. Thompson lined a base hit to center to drive in Choate for an 11-0 advantage. Nance then drilled a pitch to right center, clearing the fence for a grand slam.
In the fourth, Stephanie Merwin caught a liner and tossed to Ree at second for another double play, helping Nance get through another frame. Freshman Baily Paul lined a double to right center for her first hit as a Redhawk in the bottom of the fourth and then Shianne Smith pitched the fifth, throwing a 1-2-3 inning to close the game.
Cathcart went 2-3 with a home run and three RBIs, while Thompson and Timmons both tallied two hits. Thompson drive in two runs and scored two others. Nance collected her 11th win of the year with four innings of shutout pitching as she struck out three hitters and walked none.
The Redhawks waited until the second inning to score in the nightcap, striking for four runs to take early control. Nance hit a one-out double to left and Silvan promptly doubled over the wall in left field to score Nance for a 1-0 lead. After an out, Matriotti singled to plate Silvan. Matriotti then stole second ans came in on Viggiano’s RBI double to left. Choate continued the opposite-field hit parade with another RBI base hit to bring in Viggiano for a 4-0 margin.
Andie Larkins settled in after that, retiring six straight to get through the third and fourth frames. In the bottom of the fourth, Timmons singled to right to open a new rally. With one out, Viggiano walked and then Choate got aboard via error to load the bases for Cathcart. The junior slugged a double to left center, clearing the bases as the Redhawks grabbed a 7-0 lead.
Smith took over for the fifth, striking out two Mustangs and inducing a pop-up to work a quick inning.
Nance started the SU fifth with a walk. Singles by Silvan and Timmons loaded the bases for Matriotti. The junior found room in right field for a walk-off single, lifting the Redhawks to another five-inning victory.
Larkins threw four innings and gave up one hit to go with three strikeouts. Choate led the offense with two hits, one RBI, and a run. Silvan, Timmons, and Matriotti posted two hits apiece in the contest.
The Redhawks welcome New Mexico State for a key WAC series this weekend at Logan Field. The teams will play a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. on Friday and then wrap up with a single game at 2 p.m. on Saturday.