SEATTLE – Seattle University softball topped Portland State, 7-1, and Shianne Smith set a Division I program record with 11 strikeouts on the second and final day of the 2019 Seattle U Invitational at Logan Field Sunday.
After dropping its first game of the day, the Redhawks (18-10) came out firing in the nightcap. Andie Larkins put down the Vikings in order in the top of the first. Olivia Viggiano drew a walk to start a big inning in SU’s half of the first. The freshman stole second and then moved to third on an Ally Choate infield single. Madison Cathcart followed with a base hit to left, scoring Viggiano. With one out, Carley Nance was hit by a pitch, putting runners at first and second. After another out, Cherise Silvan singled on the infield to make it 2-0. Kallahan Hunter then lofted a flyball to center, where the PSU centerfielder was unable to make the catch as the Redhawks cleared the bases and took a 5-0 advantage.
Larkins worked around a single in the second, getting an inning-ending strikeout. Viggiano singled to open the bottom of the second. Choate singled to keep the momentum going. With two outs, Nance hammered a triple to the wall in right center, driving in a pair for a 7-0 lead.
The Redhawks' senior pitcher took care of the rest, pitching all seven frames and giving up no earned runs. Choate went 3-4, while Viggiano and Silvan added two hits each.
Smith was superb Sunday, as the sophomore set the school’s single-game strikeout standard in the Division I era. She struck out two in the first and fourth and then sat down the side via K in the sixth. Smith allowed just two hits in the first seven frames, dazzling the Logan Field crowd in her record-setting performance.
UND’s Jannay Jones matched Smith, though, containing the SU offense and forcing extra innings. The visitors broke through with five runs in the top of the eighth. The Redhawks tried to rally and Choate hit an RBI groundout to bring in a run, but the Fighting Hawks came away with the 5-1 victory.
Choate tallied two hits, while Cathcart and Silvan put up a hit and two walks apiece.
The Redhawks open WAC play next weekend. They play at Kansas City in a three-game series beginning Friday.