OREM, Utah – Seattle University softball swept Utah Valley in a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) doubleheader Saturday at Wolverine Softball Field. SU won by scores of 11-1 and 4-1 to take all three meetings at Wolverine Softball Field this weekend.
Saturday’s second win marked the 100th victory of Coach Geoff Hirai’s SU career. It is also the Redhawks’ first series sweep of UVU in program history.
After scoring seven runs in the first inning on Friday, the Redhawks (28-14, 7-2 WAC) looked to get out to a strong start on Saturday. Olivia Viggiano reached on an error to start the action. Ally Choate singled to left and then Madison Cathcart moved the runners ahead with a groundout. Bailey Thompson then hit a double down the right field line to plate two runs. Kaylee Ree followed with a base hit up the middle and then Carley Nance hammered a home run to center, making it 5-0.
Shianne Smith allowed a single in the bottom of the first, but Cathcart grabbed a liner and doubled off the runner to close the frame.
After a scoreless second, SU struck for more damage in the third. Nance reached via error and advanced to third on an Alyson Matriotti single. Matriotti stole second and the throw went into center field, allowing Nance to score. Viggiano followed with an RBI single for a 7-0 lead.
UVU put two on in the bottom of the third, but Smith earned a lineout to center to keep the hosts off the board.
Thompson drew a one-out walk in the fourth, igniting another big inning. Baily Paul came on as a pinch-runner and moved to second on a Ree single. Nance loaded the bases with a base hit up the middle. Cherise Silvan came through with a sacrifice fly to stretch the margin. Breanna Timmons singled up the middle to drive in two more runs and then Alyssia Duarte made it 11-0 with her first career RBI hit.
Smith held down the Wolverines in the fourth, before UVU scored in its half of the fifth. Smith struck out two hitters in the fifth to close out the contest for her fourth complete game of the year.
SU racked up 13 hits in the win. Nance went 2-4 with three RBIs and three runs, while Thompson, Ree, and Timmons had two hits apiece. Smith pitched all five innings, allowing three hits and a run to go with four strikeouts.
Andie Larkins was stellar in the circle in the second contest, limiting UVU throughout. The Wolverines fared better defensively as well, though, as the teams played three scoreless innings to start the nightcap.
After a 1-2-3 third by Larkins, SU came to the plate looking to take the lead. Choate lashed a double to right center to lead off. With two outs, Ree singled through the right side to score Choate for a 1-0 advantage.
UVU answered with a pair of hits in its half of the fourth, but Larkins collected a lineout to right to close the inning.
The Redhawks broke the game open in the top of the fifth, as Nance singled up to get things going. With two outs, Timmons hit a single and then Matriotti followed with a hit to put two runners on. Viggiano singled to right to plate two and after stealing second, she came around to score on a Choate single for a 4-0 margin.
The hosts scored in the sixth, but Larkins induced a 6-3 double play to get out of further potential damage. In the seventh, the Wolverines got a hit, but nothing more, as Larkins finished her fourth complete game of the season.
Larkins threw seven innings, giving up one run on seven hits. She struck out four batters. Choate, Ree, and Timmons led the offense with two hits apiece.
SU returns home for another WAC series next weekend, as CSU Bakersfield visits Logan Field for three games on April 19-20.