PHOENIX – Seattle University softball rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Kansas City, 5-4, in its first game at the 2019 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament Thursday. Carley Nance hit a walk-off double to help the Redhawks advance in the winner’s bracket at Grand Canyon.
After falling behind at the start of the day, Seattle U (37-15) slowly chipped away at the Roos’ margin. it put together single-run efforts in the third and fourth innings and then Bailey Thompson hit a two-run single to tie the game in the sixth. Andie Larkins threw two perfect frames of relief, setting up the Redhawks for a walk-off win in the seventh.
Kaylee Ree led off with a single and then Breanna Timmons moved her ahead with a sacrifice bunt. Nance then laced an 0-1 offering to the base of the wall in left, allowing Ree to come in with the winning run.
The win keeps SU in the winner's bracket going into Friday. It will take on second-seeded New Mexico State at 1:30 p.m. Friday, with the winner advancing to the championship round.
The Roos jumped out to early lead, hitting a two-run homer in the first and then consecutive solo home runs in the third to grab a 4-0 advantage.
Ally Choate got SU rolling in the bottom of the third, lofting a single to right center. She advanced on a passed ball and then Ree lined a single to left center, plating Choate to make it 4-1.
In the fourth, Nance walked to lead off the frame. Alyson Matriotti hit a flyball to center that resulted in Redhawks at first and second. Olivia Viggiano followed with a walk to load the bases with two outs. Choate came through with a base hit to left to drive in a run and get SU within two.
In the fifth, the Roos loaded the bases with one out, but Shianne Smith earned a popout and a strikeout to end the threat.
The Redhawks came up empty in their half of the fifth, but Larkins pitched a 1-2-3 sixth to bring SU back to the plate. Cherise Silvan and Matriotti both reached on bunt hits to start the sixth. Choate then drew a two-out walk to load the bases for Thompson. The sophomore lined a single to center, bringing in two runs to even the score.
Larkins claimed a strikeout and then two groundouts, working a perfect seventh.
Choate went 2-3 with a walk, a run, and an RBI. Ree and Silvan had two hits apiece. Larkins got the win with her two perfect innings of relief.