SEATTLE – Andie Larkins of Seattle University softball threw a no-hitter and Shianne Smith tied a single-game school record with 12 strikeouts as the Redhawks swept CSU Bakersfield Saturday at Logan Field. Larkins, a senior, pitched the fifth no-hit game in program history as she blanked the `Runners for five innings in an 8-0 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) victory. Smith then carried SU to a 1-0 win in the series finale.
In the first inning, Larkins earned a strikeout as part of a 1-2-3 inning. The native of Tucson, Ariz., induced a flyout, a groundout, and a popout in the second. In the third, Larkins went to a full count before striking out Samantha Pech. She followed with a groundball to short and a flyball to right to close the frame. Larkins handled a comebacker and then got two groundouts to Alyson Matriotti to get through four innings. With a 4-0 lead in the fifth, Larkins picked up a looking strikeout and then a pop-up to third. She then walked Arianna Felix before getting Pech to groundout to third for the final out.
Needing four runs to end the game, SU (31-14, 10-2 WAC) went to work in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Carley Nance doubled to left center. Cherise Silvan then singled to put Redhawks at the corners. A Breanna Timmons base hit to centerfield brought in a run and then Matriotti reached on a fielder’s choice to first that resulted in Silvan scoring. Matriotti then stole second to place runners at second and third. Olivia Viggiano hit a groundball to short that was mishandled and then thrown away, allowing the two clinching runs to cross home plate. The Redhawks poured out of the dugout and celebrated with Larkins.
Larkins threw all five innings, striking out three `Runners. The senior made short work of CSUB, throwing just 57 pitches on the day. The effort is the fifth no-hitter in program history and the first since Alyssa Reuble pitched a five-inning perfect game against South Dakota on March 10, 2017, at Washington.
In the bottom of the first inning, Viggiano was hit by a pitch to lead off. The freshman followed by stealing second. She came in to score on a Madison Cathcart double to the wall for a 1-0 lead. In the second, Nance walked and then Silvan reached on an error. With one out, Matriotti walked to load the bases. Viggiano came through with a base hit to drive in a run. Ally Choate then singled up the middle, plating two more runs for a 4-0 advantage.
Cathcart and Silvan had two hits apiece, while Silvan, Nance, and Matriotti scored two runs each.
Smith was tremendous in the nightcap, striking out eight of the first nine batters she faced. She maintained a perfect game into the fifth inning before the visitors finally came through with a single.
The SU offense put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the third to take the lead. Viggiano singled and stole second, claiming her 20th stolen base of the year. Choate followed with a base hit back up the middle as Viggiano sprinted home for a 1-0 margin.
Smith tallied two more strikeouts in the sixth, tying her career-high with 11 strikeouts. In the seventh, the sophomore allowed a leadoff double and then a walk, but posted a looking strikeout and a groundout to third to end the contest. She tied Erin Martin's single-game mark with 12 Ks. Martin set the record on April 24, 2007, against Saint Martin's.
SU heads to Grand Canyon for a vital WAC series next weekend. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday and a single game on Saturday in Phoenix.