SEATTLE – Emma Mitchell hit a walk-off single to lift Seattle University softball to a 4-3 win over California Baptist in eight innings Saturday. SU celebrated its senior class-Mitchell, Andie Larkins Kaylee Ree, and Breanna Timmons-after the regular-season finale at Logan Field.
Playing their final home games of their Redhawk careers, each senior made an impact in completing the series sweep of CBU. Mitchell tallied the walk-off hit, Larkins threw all eight innings on her way to her 12th win of the season, Ree recorded three hits, including a triple, and Timmons walked twice and then doubled to set up Mitchell’s heroics in the eighth.
The visitors scored two runs in the top of the first inning. SU then loaded the bases in its half of the frame, but the Lancers escaped with no damage on the scoreboard.
The Redhawks (36-15, 15-3 WAC) posted a single run in three straight innings to overtake CBU in the middle of the contest. In the third, Bailey Thompson drew a two-out walk and Ree followed with an RBI triple down the left field line to make it 2-1.
Cherise Silvan reached on an error to open the fourth and then hustled to second when the ball got away from the defense. Stephanie Merwin’s sacrifice bunt moved Silvan to third and then Matriotti looped an RBI single to left, tying the game at 2.
Larkins settled in as the game rolled along, recording six straight outs in the third and fourth frames. Thompson blasted a solo home run to start the fifth, driving a ball over the fence in left center for a 3-2 advantage. CBU answered with a tying run in the top of the sixth, making it 3-all.
Larkins held down the Lancers in the seventh and eighth, setting up a dramatic ending. Timmons led off with a double to center. Baily Paul pinch-ran at second base. Mitchell then came to the plate and fell behind in the count, 0-2. The senior lobbed a ball over the head of the CBU second baseman and the ball bounced away, as Paul sprinted home with the winning run.
Mitchell also hit a walk-off single on senior day at Logan Field last season.
Ree went 3-4 with an RBI, while Timmons reached base three times. Choate and Thompson both collected a hit and a walk. Larkins pitched eight innings, allowing just one earned run and six hits. She struck out three Lancers on the day.
The Redhawks won the WAC regular season title and have earned the top seed in next week’s WAC Tournament at Grand Canyon. SU will open action on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. It will learn its opponent following Wednesday’s game at GCU.