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SEATTLE – Seattle University softball will make its first-ever Division I NCAA Tournament appearance.

FOLLOW THE REDHAWKS

• Friday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m.

• vs. Mississippi State (at the University of Washington)

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ABOUT THE GAMES

• No. 2 Seattle U (39-15) vs. No. 3 Mississippi State (33-21)

• All-time series-First-ever meeting

NEWS AND NOTES

• SU faces Mississippi State in the Seattle Regional on Friday. Top-seeded UW hosts No. 4 Fordham in the other first-round matchup.

• The Redhawks won their first-ever WAC Tournament title on May 11, beating New Mexico State, 3-2, at Grand Canyon to claim the crown. Carley Nance was named WAC Tournament MVP after hitting two walk-offs and then throwing a complete game to win the final.

• Nance was joined on the WAC All-Tournament Team by senior Kaylee Ree and junior Cherise Silvan. Ree had a hit in the final inning of SU’s first two wins, eventually scoring the winning run in a 5-4 win over Kansas City and then the tying run in an 8-7 victory over NM State.

• SU is one of the hottest teams in the country, having won 15 of its last 16 games. The only teams with more wins in that span are James Madison, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Seattle U is the first WAC school to earn a three seed in the NCAA Tournament since 2015.

Carley Nance was picked All-WAC First Team and WAC Tournament MVP. She is one of just five players in this year’s NCAA Tournament with 17 wins and six home runs, and one of nine players to achieve the feat overall.

• The Redhawks are led by their pitching staff of Nance, Andie Larkins, and Shianne Smith. The trio is the only group in the country with five conference wins apiece and one of just nine staffs to have three pitchers with nine or more wins in 2019.

• Seattle U claimed the WAC regular-season title for the first time in program history. It went 15-3 in conference play, winning the league by three games as it claimed all six series on the year.

• On May 7, seven Redhawks were named to the two All-WAC teams at the conference’s postseason banquet. Ally Choate, Carley Nance, and Bailey Thompson were picked First Team, while Madison Cathcart, Andie Larkins, Kaylee Ree, and Olivia Viggiano earned Second Team honors.

• Sophomore Ally Choate won the WAC regular-season batting title, hitting .411 in 51 games. She also led the conference in on-base percentage (.468), hits (69), and tied with Olivia Viggiano for the most runs scored (45) in 2019. She is the lone .400 hitter at the Seattle Regional.

• The Redhawks swept California Baptist to close the regular season, as Bailey Thompson and Breanna Timmons both hit walk-off home runs to end run-rule contests on May 3, clinching SU’s WAC title.

• On senior day at Logan Field, Emma Mitchell hit a walk-off single to lift Seattle U to a 4-3 win in eight innings. It marked the second straight season that Mitchell hit a walk-off single to win a game on senior day at Logan Field.

• The Redhawks put themselves in strong position in the WAC standings by winning two out of three games at GCU on April 26-27. After falling in the series opener, SU bounced back with wins by scores of 6-3 and 6-2 in Phoenix.

• SU has secured a top-two seed in next week’s WAC Tournament, meaning it will have a bye in the first round of the playoffs. It also earned a bye in 2017 when the Redhawks advanced to the WAC Tournament Championship game at New Mexico State.

• Seattle U swept a three-game series with CSU Bakersfield on April 19-20 at Logan Field, taking over first place in the WAC standings. SU has seven straight games overall and eight straight conference outings.

• On April 20, senior Andie Larkins pitched the fourth no-hitter in program history in a five-inning win over CSU Bakersfield. It marked Larkins’ first career no-hit game and the first no-hitter thrown at Logan Field. The native of Tucson, Ariz., earned her fourth career WAC Pitcher of the Week award following the performance, which featured three strikeouts. She retired the first 14 batters of the game before allowing a walk in the fifth inning.

• On April 20, Shianne Smith tied a school record with 12 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over CSUB. She topped her previous career high of 11, which was the Division I program record. Erin Martin struck out 12 in a win over Saint Martin’s on April 24, 2007. Smith put down eight of the first nine `Runners via strikeout, including seven in a row, setting another school record.

• SU swept a three-game series at Utah Valley on April 12-13, claiming its first WAC sweep of the Wolverines in program history. The Redhawks won the opener, 12-1 in five innings, scoring seven runs in the first inning. They followed the next day with an 11-1, five-inning win and a 4-1 decision.

• Coach Geoff Hirai picked up his 100th win at SU in the series finale at UVU on April 13. In his four seasons with the Redhawks, Hirai is 100-102, including a 61-37 mark since the start of the 2018 campaign.

Madison Cathcart doubled in the first inning at Utah Valley on April 12, marking her 41st career double at SU. The junior passed Isabella Geronimo on the Redhawks’ career list.

• The Redhawks are 28-14, off to their best 42-game start in Division I program history. Last season, SU won 33 games, its most in D1 program history.

• Seattle U walked off against Santa Clara on April 7, beating the Broncos, 6-5 in eight innings at Logan Field. SU has won its last four home games in walk-off fashion. Cherise Silvan laid down a bunt and an SCU error allowed Carley Nance to score from second to lift the Redhawks to the non-conference win.

• SU reached 25 wins in its 39th game of the season, marking its fastest trip to 25 wins in Division I program history.

• The Redhawks dropped a pair of games with North Dakota State on April 5, as the Bison claimed 8-1 and 9-7 decisions at Logan Field.

• SU took two out of three from New Mexico State on Mar. 29-30 at Logan Field, winning with extra-inning walk-off hits in the last two matchups of the weekend. After the Aggies claimed the opener, 4-0, Kaylee Ree hit a walk-off single to lift SU to a 2-1 win in 10 innings to cap the doubleheader. The next day, Madison Cathcart smashed a two-run walk-off homer to give the Redhawks a 4-3 win in eight innings.

Shianne Smith set a Division I program record with eight strikeouts in four innings of relief work in SU’s 2-1 win over NM State on Mar. 29. She entered the game with two runners on and no one out in the seventh inning and blew away the Aggies from there, allowing no hits in her appearance.

• On Mar. 30, Seattle U trailed NM State, 2-0, in the seventh inning. With two runners on, Carley Nance came through with a tying single up the middle, forcing extra innings at Logan Field.

Shianne Smith earned WAC Pitcher of the Week after her tremendous showing against New Mexico State. It’s the sophomore’s second career conference weekly award.

• Seattle U swept a doubleheader with Cal Poly on March 26, winning two five-inning games by scores of 15-0 and 8-0 at Logan Field. It compiled 25 hits on the day, including a Carley Nance grand slam in the first contest. The 23 runs are the most in a home doubleheader against a Division I opponent in program history.

• The Redhawks lead the WAC in ERA (2.10) and opposing batting average (.240) through 33 games this season.

• The Redhawks won two out of three games at Kansas City to begin WAC action Mar. 22-23. In the first game of the weekend, SU compiled 12 hits and a season-high five stolen bases in a 6-3 win. Carley Nance picked up her 10th win and Shianne Smith pitched in relief to get her first save of 2019.

• In the second game, Andie Larkins threw a complete game and the Redhawks scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning on their way to a 5-3 victory.

Kaylee Ree earned WAC Hitter of the Week after batting .500 with a home run, two doubles, and three RBIs in three games at Kansas City Mar. 22-23.

• SU went 3-1 at the Seattle U Invitational the weekend of March 16-17. It beat Portland State and North Dakota on Saturday before splitting two outings on Sunday at Logan Field.

• On March 17, Shianne Smith set a Division I program record with 11 strikeouts in eight innings against North Dakota. The sophomore struck out at least one hitter in seven different innings and struck out the side in the sixth frame.

Carley Nance pitched a complete-game shutout against UND on March 16, allowing just three hits across seven innings.

• SU swept a doubleheader with Northern Illinois in the home opener on March 12. Cherise Silvan hit a walk-off single to lift the Redhawks to a 3-2 win in the first game and then Shianne Smith pitched a two-hitter in a five-inning 10-1 victory in the nightcap. 

Breanna Timmons went 4-5 with a run scored in the twinbill, while Kaylee Ree tallied three hits, four RBIs, and three runs. Madison Cathcart and Carley Nance both homered in the first inning to break open the second contest.

• 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.