TEMPE – Seattle University softball pushed two Pac-12 schools Saturday at the Kajikawa Classic, but the Redhawks came away with 6-4 losses to Oregon State and Stanford.
"We battled with two Pac-12 teams and came up just short in both games," said Coach Geoff Hirai. "We will get one more shot at another tomorrow."
Against Stanford, Shianne Smith allowed just one hit in the first two innings. SU (1-3) was unable to score in its first three trips to the plate. In the bottom of the third, Stanford put together a rally and hit a grand slam for a 4-0 lead.
Smith worked around a hit in both the fourth and fifth as she tried to provide her offense an opportunity to rally. The Cardinal hit a home run, though, in the sixth, expanding their lead to 6-1. Natalie Montgomery came on in relief and retired the final two batters to end the threat.
The Redhawks’ freshmen class sparked a rally in the seventh frame. Grace Dudden walked to get the action started. Kallahan Hunter followed with a single to center. With one out, Olivia Viggiano doubled to left to plate one run and put runners at second and third. Trailing 6-2, SU’s veterans took over, as Choate capped her stellar day with a two-out RBI single. Cathcart came through with a base hit to left, bringing in another run to get within 6-4. SU sent the go-ahead to the plate, but Stanford got the out it needed and escaped with the decision.
Choate went 4-4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored to ignite the offense.
In the morning, SU grabbed an early lead over Oregon State, but the Beavers rallied and then held on for the victory.
After Carley Nance stranded two runners in the top of the first, Seattle U came to the plate for the first time. Alyson Matriotti reached via error and Ally Choate followed with a single. Cathcart lined a double to right, driving in two runs.
The Beavers answered with a pair of runs in the second, but Bailey Thompson put the Redhawks back on top in the bottom of the third frame. With one out, the sophomore worked through an 11-pitch at-bat, homering deep to center field for a 3-2 advantage. Oregon State came back with a four-run fourth inning to go up, 6-3.
SU loaded the bases in its half of the fifth, but OSU kept the Redhawks off the board. In the sixth, Seattle U threatened again. Viggiano tallied a bunt single and then Matriotti singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Choate pounded a base hit down the left field line, bringing in Viggiano to cut the deficit. The Beavers prevented further damage though, and then retired SU in the seventh to close out the contest.
Cathcart put up two hits and a pair of RBIs. Choate and Thompson both had two hits and RBI, while Viggiano contributed two hits and a run. Nance threw a complete game, striking out four batters in seven innings.
The Redhawks wrap up their opening weekend tomorrow morning against No. 25 Oregon. First pitch is slated for 9 a.m. Mountain (8 a.m. Pacific).