LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Seattle University softball pounded its way to two wins on its first day at the 2019 Rebel Classic Friday. The Redhawks beat Fordham, 11-3 in five innings, and then hammered Georgetown, 13-3 in five innings. SU tied an NCAA record with five home runs in the third inning against the Hoyas.
Against Georgetown, SU (3-4) drilled six home runs to carry the offense to another rout. Olivia Viggiano led off the game with a single and then stole second. Ally Choate walked and then an error allowed Bailey Thompson to reach base and brought Viggiano for the game’s first run. Kaylee Ree followed with a three-run shot for a 4-0 lead.
Making her season debut, Andie Larkins entered the circle with a lead and worked around a one-out double to retire the Hoyas in the first.
After a scoreless second frame, the Redhawks exploded the top of the third. Choate singled and Cathcart blasted a home run to right centerfield. Thompson homered to left to make it 7-0. After an out, Grace Dudden hit a home run to center. Cherise Silvan and Breanna Timmons followed with singles. Emma Mitchell came on as a pinch-hitter and walloped a homer for an 11-0 difference. Alyssia Duarte doubled to left, bringing Choate back to the plate. The sophomore deposited a pitch over the rightfield fence, marking her first career home run.
The five homers tied an NCAA record for most home runs in a single frame. SU is the ninth team to accomplish the feat and the first since Oklahoma did it in the 2015 season.
Georgetown scored three runs in the fourth, but Larkins returned to gain control and struck out the last two batters of the inning. The senior then induced three groundballs in the fifth to cap the contest.
Larkins pitched 4.2 shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out three. Choate went 2-3 with a walk, three RBIs, and three runs.
Carley Nance got SU rolling in the opener, striking out a pair of Fordham hitters in the top of the first to set down the side in order.
The Redhawk offense was ready to go in its half of the inning, bursting out for six runs to take control of the game. Viggiano singled and Choate drew a walk. Cathcart homered to center for a 3-0 lead. With one out, Ree tallied a hit and then Nance singled. Silvan walked to load the bases and Timmons reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Ree to score. A two-out base hit from Viggiano brought in two more runs as SU grabbed a 6-0 advantage.
Nance struck out two more Rams in the second. A Cathcart walk, Ree single, and Silvan base hit produced a run in the bottom of the frame.
Fordham plated three runs in the fourth, but Seattle U had an answer ready in its half of the inning. Cathcart led off with a homer, and after an out, Ree and Nance hit back-to-back jacks for a 10-3 margin.
Larkins pitched the fifth, getting out of a jam with help from Thompson, who threw out a potential base-stealer to stifle a rally.
Needing a run to close out the game, Viggiano looked to take care of the first contest of the day quickly. The freshman singled to center. Choate was hit by a pitch and then Thompson doubled to drive in Viggiano and lift the Redhawks to their second win of the season.
Viggiano went 3-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Cathcart recorded two HRs for four RBIs and three runs. Ree compiled a three-hit game, driving in a run and scoring two. Nance added two hits and two runs. Nance earned the win, throwing four innings and giving up just one earned run. She struck out six with no walks.
Seattle U will face Hawai’i Miami (Ohio) tomorrow. The game against Hawai’i is slated for a 1 p.m. start, while the game with Miami is set for a 3:30 p.m. first pitch.