KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Seattle University softball fell, 7-5, at Kansas City Saturday morning. Kaylee Ree led the offense with two hits to go with an RBI and a run in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) game.
“We move on to the next series,” said Coach Geoff Hirai. “We have important games coming up, so we’ll focus on that.”
SU (20-11, 2-1 WAC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Roos struck for six runs in the third to take control. The Redhawks had chances to rally, but Kansas City escaped to avoid being swept on the first weekend of conference action.
In the top of the first, Olivia Viggiano reached on an error to lead off the day. Madison Cathcart hit a one-out double to score a run and then Ree promptly doubled, bringing in Cathcart for a 2-0 advantage.
The hosts came up with a big inning in the third, going for six runs, all with two outs. Seattle U had a reply in the top of the fourth, though. Ree led off with a single on the infield. Bailey Thompson drilled a pitch over the center field wall to bring SU within 6-4.
The Roos started their half of the fourth with a home run to get a run back. After a scoreless fifth, the Redhawks found a run in the sixth. Thompson started the action with a walk and Breanna Timmons singled to left. With one out, Emma Mitchell reached on an error that allowed a run to come in, making it 7-5.
Carley Nance put two runners on in the sixth, but limited the damage, sending SU back to the plate needing a pair of runs in the seventh. Ree got aboard with two outs, but the Redhawks were unable to continue the rally as the Roos pulled out the contest.
Ree went 2-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Thompson homered and walked in the contest.
The Redhawks return to Seattle for a nine-game homestand. They welcome Cal Poly for a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Logan Field.