SEATTLE – Seattle University softball swept Northern Illinois in the 2019 home opener at Logan Field Tuesday. Cherise Silvan hit a walk-off single to lift the Redhawks (15-9) to a 3-2 win in the first game and then Shianne Smith allowed two hits in a five-inning 10-1 victory in the nightcap.
In the opener, the visitors took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Bailey Thompson was hit by a pitch. Stephanie Merwin came on as a pinch-runner. Kaylee Ree drilled a double to centerfield, putting runners at second and third. Carley Nance pinch-hit and lofted a single to left, tying the game at 2. Silvan followed with a base hit to center, driving in Ree to win the game.
Ree singled in SU’s first run of the day with a hit in the first for a 1-0 lead. Andie Larkins worked around trouble from there, allowing just one run in the first six frames. She retired nine straight hitters late in the contest, but the Huskies scratched out a run in the seventh for a 2-1 edge.
Larkins got the win, throwing a complete game. She gave up five hits and struck out five batters. Breanna Timmons went 3-3, while Ree and Silvan each had two hits and an RBI.
Smith walked two in the top of the first of the second game, but Bailey Thompson cut down a potential base-stealer to douse the threat.
The Redhawks got the bats going in their half of the first. Olivia Viggiano reached with an infield single and then Ally Choate hit a single up the middle. Madison Cathcart then homered to the opposite field for a 3-0 advantage. With one out, Ree walked. Nance followed with a blast to right for a 5-0 lead.
NIU put up a run in the second, but Smith kept her foe guessing after that.
In the bottom of the second, SU struck for four two-out runs to pull away from the Huskies. Choate singled and Cathcart drew a walk. Thompson walked to load the bases for Ree. the senior lined a double to left, clearing the bases for an 8-1 margin. The hit chased NIU’s second pitcher of the game. Nance greeted the new reliever with a double to drive in Ree and expand the lead to eight runs.
SU tacked on more run in the third and Smith went to work from there, striking out two in the fourth and then working a 1-2-3 fifth to close the contest.
Smith pitched all five innings, giving up no earned runs and just two hits. The sophomore struck out four. Nance went 2-2 with three RBIs and a run, while Ree had a hit, a walk, three RBIs, and two runs. Choate added two hits, two runs and an RBI.
The Redhawks welcome Portland State and North Dakota for the Seattle U Invitational this weekend. SU will face each team on Saturday and Sunday at Logan Field.