SEATTLE – Seattle University softball beat CSU Bakersfield, 6-1, as Carley Nance pitched a complete game in a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) contest at Logan Field. With the win, SU moved in to a first-place tie with Grand Canyon in the conference standings.
After waiting out a rain delay, the Redhawks (29-14, 8-2 WAC) continued their trend of hot hitting to start the game Friday. With one out in the bottom of the first, Ally Choate singled on the infield. Madison Cathcart lined a single to right and then Bailey Thompson hit an RBI single up the middle to score Choate for a 1-0 advantage. Kaylee Ree then singled to load the bases for Carley Nance. She reached on a fielder’s choice as a CSUB error allowed Cathcart to score. Cherise Silvan followed with an RBI groundout and then Breanna Timmons doubled to left center, bringing in two more runs for a 5-0 margin.
Nance held down the `Runner lineup throughout the game, keeping her foes off-balance as she threw her 11th complete game of the year. The redshirt sophomore gave up four hits and no earned runs, striking out six on the night.
In the fourth, Choate again singled. She then stole second and came around to score on another Thompson RBI hit, making it 6-1.
Choate, Thompson, and Timmons had two hits apiece to pace the offense.
The teams will play a doubleheader, starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday.