KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Seattle University softball swept a doubleheader at Kansas City Friday, rallying in the seventh inning of the nightcap to claim the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) doubleheader at the Union Sports Academy. The Redhawks put together 12 hits and a season-high four stolen bases in the WAC opener and then Andie Larkins pitched a complete game to lift SU in the second contest.
“We showed a lot of fight today,” said Coach Geoff Hirai. “These were two great team wins.”
Seattle U is off to its best 30-game start in its Division I program history, having won 20 games already this season.
In the opener, the Redhawks (20-10, 2-0 WAC) loaded the bases in the top of the first, but were unable to score. Carley Nance worked around a single in the bottom of the first, but allowed nothing further.
Cherise Silvan reached on a bunt single to start the second frame. With two outs, Silvan stole second and went to third as the throw went wide. Olivia Viggiano followed with an RBI single to plate Silvan for a 1-0 lead.
Nance worked a 1-2-3 second and then gave up a lone single in the third. In the top of the fourth, Silvan led off with another base hit and then stole second. After an out, Silvan took off for third and nabbed her third stolen base of the game. Alyson Matriotti brought her in with an RBI groundout to make it 2-0. Viggiano then doubled to left center and Ally Choate lined a triple to the wall in left, scoring Viggiano to stretch the margin.
The Roos opened their half of the fourth with a single, but Nance shut them down from there. On the first pitch of the fifth, Kaylee Ree hammered a pitch over the right field fence for her third home run of the season and a 4-0 advantage.
Kansas City struck for three runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Shianne Smith relieved Nance and after a walk, earned a double play to end the inning as Alyson Matriotti caught a liner and threw across the diamond to double off the runner.
Matriotti drew a walk to open the sixth and then Viggiano reached via error. Choate blasted a home run, but passed Viggiano on the basepaths, driving in two runs, but negating the homer as SU grabbed a 6-3 lead. Smith cruised through the UMKC seventh to claim the save in the conference premiere.
Choate led the offense with two hits, three RBIs, and a walk. Silvan went 2-4 with three steals and two runs. Viggiano, Cathcart, and Ree posted two hits each. Nance picked up her 10th win, going 4.1 innings with six hits and three runs given up. Smith pitched 2.2 frames, allowing no hits or runs while striking out a pair.
The hosts grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the second game. The Redhawks answered with a run in the second to get on the board. Bailey Thompson was hit by a pitch and Breanna Timmons singled to left. Silvan then walked to load the bases with one out. A wild pitch brought in Thompson to make it a one-run game.
Andie Larkins settled in after the first, getting through the next two innings unscathed. Ree began the fourth with a double. Thompson followed with a walk and then Timmons reached on an error that brought in Ree to even the score.
UMKC regained the lead in its half of the fourth, though, despite Grace Dudden throwing out a potential base stealer in the frame. Larkins kept the Roos off the board after that, setting up a late Redhawk rally.
In the seventh, Carley Nance pinch-hit and got aboard on an error. She hustled into second to bring the tying run into scoring position. Baily Paul came on as a pinch-runner. Alyson Matriotti lashed a double to left center, tying the score at 3. Viggiano reached on a bunt to put runners at the corners. Choate then walked, loading the bases. Cathcart came through with a sacrifice fly to give SU a 4-3 lead. Ree added insurance with an RBI single as Choate slid in ahead of the throw at home.
Larkins allowed a single to lead off the seventh, but stellar defense by Cathcart and Larkins closed out the contest.
Ree finished 2-4 with an RBI and a run, while Silvan added a hit and a walk. Larkins pitched all seven innings, tallying five strikeouts.
SU wraps up its weekend series with a single game on Saturday. First pitch is slated for 10 a.m. Central (8 a.m. Pacific) at Kansas City.