STILLWATER, Okla. – Seattle University softball beat McNeese State, 6-1, behind a Carley Nance gem at the Oklahoma State/Tulsa Invitational Friday. The Redhawks also fell to Syracuse, 7-0, at OSU.
"We came back strong after not playing our best earlier," said Coach Geoff Hirai. "It was a good response this afternoon. We'll come back tomorrow try to play Seattle U softball."
Nance pitched a perfect first against the Cowgirls before they put up a single run in the bottom of the second inning. In the top of the third, SU (10-7) rallied. Breanna Timmons doubled and Alyson Matriotti reached on an error that allowed Timmons to tie the game. Olivia Viggiano doubled down the leftfield line to put runners at second and third. Ally Choate followed with an RBI groundout to put the Redhawks ahead, 2-1. Madison Cathcart then blasted a home run to right to stretch the lead.
Nance gave up a pair of singles in the third, but got a 4-3 double play to end the threat.
With one out in the fourth, Timmons drew a walk. Matriotti homered to right centerfield to make it 6-1. The shot marked the junior’s first career homer.
Nance followed with a 1-2-3 frame. In the bottom of the fifth, Nance induced two groundouts and then after a base hit, the Redhawk defense combined to close the inning. Nance capped the day by retiring the final six hitters of the game.
Nance picked up her sixth win of the year, throwing all seven innings. She gave up no earned runs on six hits to go with three strikeouts. Choate and Kaylee Ree both tallied two hits, while Cathcart and Matriotti homered.
Against Syracuse, the Orange scored in each of the first three innings to gain control of the contest. Shianne Smith came on in relief and handled the opposition, allowing no runs on one hit. The sophomore struck out four batters. Viggiano and Choate both walked in the game.
SU is set to face Illinois tomorrow at Tulsa. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Central (11:30 a.m. Pacific).