SEATTLE – Seattle University softball won two games at the Seattle U Invitational Saturday afternoon. Carley Nance pitched a complete-game shutout in a 3-0 win over Portland State and then the Redhawks handled North Dakota, 6-2, in the second contest at Logan Field.
Nance stifled the PSU offense in SU’s first game, as she gave up just one hit in the first six innings and three on the day.
Olivia Viggiano led off the bottom of the first with a single and Ally Choate moved her to second with a bunt. Madison Cathcart followed with a line-drive single to right, plating Viggiano for a 1-0 lead.
After allowing a single to the second batter of the day, Nance retired 12 straight Vikings to take control of the game.
In the bottom of the fifth, SU (17-9) added a pair of insurance runs. Breanna Timmons singled to open the frame. Baily Paul pinch-ran for Timmons at first base. Paul advanced on an Alyson Matriotti groundout. Viggiano’s single put Redhawks at first and third with one out. With Choate at the plate, Viggiano took off for second base, drawing a throw. Paul sprinted for home and beat the throw back, giving the home side a 2-0 advantage. After moving to third on wild pitch, Viggiano scored on a Choate RBI groundout for a 3-0 lead.
Nance worked a 1-2-3 sixth. In the seventh, the Vikings singled twice to get the tying run to the plate. Nance induced a groundball for the first out and then recorded a key strikeout for the second. A groundball directly at Cathcart later, SU had its first win of the weekend.
Nance threw all seven innings, allowing just three hits. She struck out three and walked only one hitter. Nance has pitched seven complete games on the year. Viggiano and Cathcart had two hits each, while Nance posted a hit and a walk at the plate.
Seattle U slowly pulled away from UND in the second game, as Andie Larkins and Natalie Montgomery combined to limit the Fighting Hawks offense. The visitors scored in the top of the first, but Larkins settled in from there. The Redhawks evened the score in their half of the frame, as Choate singled and then stole second. Base hits by Bailey Thompson and Kaylee Ree brought in the run to tie it.
Larkins pitched a perfect second inning. Cherise Silvan led off the bottom of the second with a single. She advanced to third on a pair of groundouts and then hustled home on a wild pitch for a 2-1 lead.
Viggiano kept the attack rolling with a base hit. The freshman stole second, marking her 13th steal of the season. Choate lashed a double to the wall to drive in Viggiano. After a Cathcart walk, Thompson reached on an error that allowed Choate to score for a 4-1 difference.
Larkins continued to roll and in the bottom of the fourth, Cathcart walked and then Thompson drilled a home run to right field to make it 6-1.
Montgomery took over in the sixth, delivering a 1-2-3 inning. The sophomore allowed a run in the seventh, but escaped without further damage to seal the victory.
Larkins pitched five innings and gave up no earned runs. She struck out four. Choate and Thompson had two hits apiece and Cathcart drew three walks in the game.