SEATTLE – Madison Cathcart hit a two-run, walk-off home run to lift Seattle University softball to a 4-3 win over New Mexico State in eight innings Saturday afternoon at Logan Field. The Redhawks took a series from NM State for the first time in program history with the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) victory.
Andie Larkins and Kayla Green squared off in a pitcher’s dual as the pitching and defense once again ruled the day at Logan Field this weekend. Larkins was perfect through two innings, while Green limited the Redhawks to a Kaylee Ree single in the first two frames.
Larkins worked around trouble through the middle of the game, but the visitors scored a run in the fifth and added another in the sixth. Ree doubled in the bottom of the fifth, but SU was unable to bring her in.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh, the Redhawks rallied. With one out, Bailey Thompson was hit by a pitch. Samaria Diaz took over in relief to face Ree. The SU senior continued her terrific day with a base hit to right center that got runners to second and third as pinch-runner Mekenzie Madokoro took third and Ree moved up on the throw to third. Carley Nance followed with a crucial single up the middle to tie the contest at two.
In extra innings, the Aggies found a run to regain a 3-2 edge. Olivia Viggiano chopped a single on the infield to reach with one out in the bottom of the eighth. Ally Choate hit into a fielder’s choice to take Viggiano’s spot at first. Cathcart came up and worked to a full count before hammering a pitch over the fence in right center and sending the Redhawks into pandemonium at home plate.
SU hosts the Redhawk Invitational next weekend, as Seattle U will play four times over three days beginning on Friday at 5 p.m. against North Dakota State.