OREM, Utah – Seattle University softball walloped Utah Valley, 12-1, Friday afternoon. The Redhawks compiled a season-high 16 hits in the first game of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) series at UVU’s Wolverine Softball Field.
SU exploded for seven runs in the first inning Friday, establishing control immediately. Olivia Viggiano walked to open the game. Ally Choate doubled to left and then Madison Cathcart doubled over the head of the UVU third baseman, making it 2-0. With the hit, Cathcart became SU’s all-time doubles leader. The junior now has 41 doubles, passing Isabella Geronimo on the school’s career list.
A Bailey Thompson base hit plated Cathcart. After an out, Carley Nance doubled to left and then Cherise Silvan lined a double to left center to score two more runs. Breanna Timmons capped the rally with a two-run homer to right center field, giving SU a 7-0 advantage. Viggiano and Choate both singled, reaching base for a second time in the frame, but the hosts finally escaped the first.
In the bottom of the first, Nance allowed two singles and a walk to load the bases with one out. Nance came through with a pair of swinging strikeouts to leave the runners stranded.
The Redhawks put up three more runs in the third, as Viggiano and Choate again singled to spark SU. Cathcart singled to bring in Viggiano and then Thompson drove in Choate with a base hit to right as the lead ballooned to 9-0. Kaylee Ree then singled to load the bases for Nance, who hit a sacrifice fly to center for a 10-run cushion.
Nance continued to impress in the circle as well, keeping Utah Valley off the board through three innings. In the fourth, Timmons walked and Alyssia Duarte recorded a pinch-hit single. Stephanie Merwin pinch-hit and drew a walk to load the bases. Choate then hit an infield single, driving in a run and marking her fourth hit of the game, matching a career high for the sophomore. Cathcart made it 12-0 with a sacrifice fly.
UVU came up with a run in the fourth, but Nance held down the Wolverines otherwise as Nance cruised to her 14th win of the season.
SU’s 16 hits are its most since it pounded out 16 in a 13-0 win over Kansas City on April 6, 2018. Choate led the attack with four hits and two RBIs. Thompson went 3-3 with two RBIs, a double, and a run, while Cathcart and Viggiano tallied two hits and two runs apiece. Nance threw all five innings, alllowing no earned runs and striking out six Wolverines.
The teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. Mountain (noon Pacific) at UVU.