LAS VEGAS – Seattle University softball won twice Saturday, taking down Hawai’i, 5-3, and Miami (Ohio), 7-2, at the Rebel Classic. Bailey Thompson and Breanna Timmons homered in both games as the Redhawks moved their winning streak to four games.
In the win over Hawai’i, SU (5-4) jumped out to an early lead. In the top of the first, Olivia Viggiano singled up the middle. Ally Choate followed with a base hit. With one out, Thompson homered to centerfield to put her team ahead, 3-0.
Andie Larkins kept Hawai’i off balance early, allowing just two hits in the first three innings. She was aided by a 6-4-3 double play in the third to stifle a potential rally.
In the top of the fourth, Timmons slammed a solo homer to center to make it 4-0. Alyson Matriotti doubled and moved to third on an error. Viggiano tried to take second base on the play, where she was thrown out, but the move allowed Matriotti to cross home plate for the game’s fifth run.
Hawai’i hit a pair of home runs to get closer, but Carley Nance held the Wahine at bay with a strong relief effort. In 2.2 innings, Nance gave up no runs on four hits. In the seventh, Hawai’i put two runners on, but Nance induced a groundball to Matriotti, who stepped on third and threw across the diamond for a key double play. One batter later, the Redhawks had their third straight win.
Thompson went 2-3 with three RBIs and a run. Viggiano and Matriotti tallied two hits and scored a run apiece. Larkins picked up the win, going 4.1 innings and giving up three runs on five hits. Nance claimed her first save of the season with her shutout performance.
The fourth inning proved to be pivotal in the win over Miami. Cherise Silvan doubled and Timmons sent a two-run homer over the wall, making it 3-0 SU. Singles by Viggiano and Choate set up a Thompson homer that brought in three more runs to make it 7-0.
Nance allowed two runs, but held the RedHawks from doing further damage on her way to a complete game victory. She pitched seven innings, giving up four hits and striking out five.
Viggiano tallied two hits, while Choate and Madison Cathcart added a hit and a walk each.
The Redhawks conclude action at the Rebel Classic tomorrow. They take on Weber State at 10:30 a.m.