LAS VEGAS – Seattle University softball beat Weber State, 9-3, Sunday morning. Bailey Thompson hit two home runs to lead the Redhawks to a perfect weekend at the 2019 Rebel Classic.
The victory stretches the Redhawks’ win streak to five games. It marks SU’s first 5-0 non-conference weekend since Feb. 28-Mar. 2, 2014, when it went unbeaten at the Santa Clara Invitational. The five-game win streak is the longest non-conference streak since SU won seven in a row around that same stretch in 2014.
Thompson finished her five-game weekend with eight hits, including five home runs. The sophomore drove in 11 runs, scored six times, and drew three walks.
Shianne Smith recorded an impressive start Sunday, retiring the first nine batters of the game to get the Redhawks moving in the right direction.
In the bottom of the second inning, SU (6-4) scored the first run of the day. Kallahan Hunter walked to lead off. Baily Paul came on as a pinch-runner. Cherise Silvan hit a groundball to short, which was mishandled and thrown away, allowing Paul to come around to score.
The Redhawks had bigger plans in mind in the third, as Ally Choate and Madison Cathcart both singled to open the frame. Thompson walked to load the bases for Kaylee Ree. The senior brought in Choate with a base hit to right, making it 2-0. Weber State was able to escape without further damage, though.
The Wildcats then got on the board, scoring three runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead. However, SU was prepared with a response in its half of the inning. Alyson Matriotti reached on an error to lead off. She then stole second. Olivia Viggiano got aboard via a fielder’s choice and then Choate advanced both runners for Cathcart. She singled up the middle, driving in two runs to give the Redhawks a 4-3 edge. Thompson promptly drilled a pitch over the fence to expand the lead. Ree and Silvan both doubled, producing another run.
Carley Nance struck out a pair in the fifth and then got a strikeout in the sixth. With a runner on first, Nance earned a 6-4-3 double play to get SU within three outs of the win.
Nance pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to end the contest.
In 3.2 innings of relief, Nance gave up two hits and struck out four batters to get the win. Thompson went 3-3 with three RBIs, two runs and a walk. Cathcart collected two hits and two RBIs, while Choate and Ree added two hits apiece.
The Redhawks will play next at the Aggie Invitational, hosted by UC Davis. They will compete in five games from Feb. 22-24 in California.