SEATTLE – Seattle University softball used stellar pitching and timely hitting to win twice on Sunday at the 2019 Aggie Invitational. The Redhawks beat Idaho State, 6-1, and then took down Saint Mary’s, 7-1, at UC Davis.
"We have to get back to work this coming week," said Coach Geoff Hirai. "It was good to get some wins, but we need to get ready for some really good competition next weekend."
Against Idaho State, SU (9-6) scored first, giving starter Carley Nance an early cushion. With one out in the top of the first, Ally Choate singled on the infield. Madison Cathcart then singled. A fielder’s choice resulted in Redhawks at the corners. Kaylee Ree knocked a base hit up the middle, bringing in a run.
Nance struck out two Bengals in the bottom of the first, establishing her control of the contest. She allowed just one hit in the first six frames, keeping ISU’s offense off balance.
The Redhawks came through with insurance in the sixth inning. Cathcart doubled to lead off and Ree drove her in with a double of her own for a 2-0 advantage. Nance tallied two more strikeouts in the sixth to push the game to its final frame.
Seattle U put together a strong seventh to pull away from the Bengals. With one out, Olivia Viggiano hit a single and Choate singled to right. The runners advanced on a Cathcart flyout. Bailey Thompson then walked to load the bases for Ree, who was hit by a pitch after a long at-bat. Nance hit a groundball that was mishandled and allowed another run to score. Grace Dudden followed with a two-run single for a 6-0 margin.
Idaho State compiled three singles and a run in its half of the seventh, but Nance earned a groundout to close the contest.
Nance pitched seven innings and gave up four hits and one run. She recorded seven strikeouts. Nance added two hits and an RBI at the plate. Ree went 2-3 with three RBIs, a run, and a HBP. Viggiano, Choate, and Cathcart each collected two hits at the top of the order.
Andie Larkins started against Saint Mary’s and got her side rolling by retiring the first six batters she faced. In the bottom of the second, Ree drew a one-out walk. Dudden reached on an error and Breanna Timmons walked to load the bases. Kallahan Hunter walked to bring in a run and then Viggiano singled to make it 2-0.
Larkins allowed a hit in the third, but Timmons snagged a line drive and tossed the ball to Ree at second for an inning-ending double play.
SU broke the game open with a five-run third. Cathcart lashed a double to left to spark a rally. With one out, Ree singled in a run. Dudden and Cherise Silvan both walked, loading the bases. A Timmons sacrifice fly made it 4-0 and then Alyson Matriotti hit a two-run single. Viggiano singled to continue the burst and Choate followed with an RBI single for a 7-0 difference.
The Gaels put two runners on with one out in the fourth, but Larkins induced a groundball back to the circle and then a foul out to end the threat.
Natalie Montgomery appeared in relief in the fifth, allowing a run, but working out of a jam. She gave up just a single in the sixth and then Shianne Smith came on to close out the win in the seventh.
Larkins threw 4.1 innings and allowed no runs on three hits for the win. Viggiano and Choate led the balanced offense with two hits and an RBI apiece.
Seattle U heads to Oklahoma for five games next weekend in the Oklahoma State/Tulsa Invitational.