SEATTLE – Seattle University softball beat Ohio State, 3-0, and Northern Illinois, 4-3, at the Husky Classic Saturday. Shianne Smith shut out the Buckeyes, while Breanna Timmons hit two doubles to spark the Redhawks to a win over NIU.
Against the Buckeyes, Smith was electric, keeping OSU off balance and retiring 13 of 14 batters through the middle of the game.
In the top of the first, SU (13-8) used patience at the plate to scratch out a run. With one out, Ally Choate walked. Madison Cathcart drew a walk to put two runners on. After a flyout, Bailey Thompson walked to load the bases. Carley Nance then worked her way to a free pass, bringing in a run for a 1-0 advantage.
Smith hit two batters in the bottom of the first, but got a swinging strikeout to close the threat. The sophomore put down the Buckeyes in order in the second and third, claiming a pair of strikeouts in the third.
In the Redhawks’ half of the third, Thompson drew a walk to lead off. Baily Paul pinch-ran and then stole second. With one out, Cherise Silvan hit a double down the rightfield line to make it 2-0 and chase the OSU starting pitcher. Silvan advanced to third on a wild pitch and Breanna Timmons came through with an RBI single to center, giving SU a 3-0 margin.
Smith gave up her first hit of the day in the fourth, but accrued no further damage in the inning. In the fifth, Smith earned a popup and two swinging Ks.
A lone single in the sixth was all OSU could muster, as Smith continued to flummox the Buckeye offense. In the seventh, Ohio State led off with a base hit. Olivia Viggiano ran down a deep fly ball in center for the first out of the frame. After a fielder’s choice garnered the second out, OSU drew a walk to bring the tying run to the plate. Smith was up to the task, though, procuring a flyball to center to complete the shutout.
Smith pitched all seven innings and allowed just three hits while striking out five batters. The performance marks her fourth career complete game shutout as a Redhawk.
Timmons tallied two hits, while Silvan doubled, walked, and scored a run. Cathcart and Thompson both walked twice.
Against NIU, the Redhawks struck first. Olivia Viggiano started the bottom of the first with a walk. The freshman then stole second. With one out, Cathcart hammered a shot over the rightfield fence for a 2-0 lead. The Huskies eventually evened the game with a pair of runs in the top of the third.
In the bottom of the fourth, Timmons doubled to left and Alyson Matriotti followed with an RBI double to drive in Timmons for a 3-2 edge.
NIU tied it again in the sixth, but Seattle U was ready with a reply in its half of the inning. Silvan posted a bunt single and stole second. Timmons followed with a double to left to bring in Silvan for a 4-3 advantage.
Nance picked up two groundouts to open the seventh, but a walk and a single put the Huskies in position to tie the game. Nance capped the contest by getting a groundball to second as SU claimed a 2-0 Saturday.
Timmons went 2-3 with a pair of doubles and a run. Viggiano had a hit and a walk at the top of the order. Larkins threw four innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while Nance pitched the final three frames. She held NIU to one unearned run on three hits to get the win, her eighth of the season.
The Redhawks play at No. 5 Washington tomorrow. First pitch is slated for 2:45 p.m.