MISSOULA, Mont. (March 19) – Seattle University softball scored in eight different innings, but Montana escaped with a 9-8 win at the Grizzly Classic Sunday. Madison Cathcart drove in three runs and Kaylee Ree and Cherise Silvan both tallied three hits to lead the Redhawks.
"That's one of the toughest losses you can have," said Coach Geoff Hirai. "We are improving and I love how much fight this team has. We'll get back to work this week and look to clean up the little things."
Seattle U (8-19) scored a single run in eight of nine frames Sunday, as it racked up 13 hits. SU went ahead, 6-2, going into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Grizzlies tied the game, though, forcing extra innings. In the eighth, Alyson Matriotti started the frame on second base. A Susanne Morris sacrifice bunt and a Silvan sac fly gave the Redhawks an 7-6 lead. The hosts tied the game again in the bottom of the eighth.
Another sac bunt-sac fly combination brought in Paige Bouska to score in the ninth, making it 8-7. Montana scratched out a pair of runs in its at-bat, pulling out the victory.
Cathcart continued her strong weekend with a 2-4 day at the plate. She drove in three runs. Ree went 3-4 with three runs scored, while Silvan recorded three hits, two RBIs, and a run. Nicole Bolasky logged two hits and a run.
Bolasky got Seattle U started in the first, singling to center. Bouska reached on an error and then both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Cathcart drove in Bolasky with a single to left, giving SU a 1-0 lead.
In the second, Matriotti singled and Morris walked with one out. A Silvan double brought in Matriotti and put the Redhawks ahead, 2-0.
Ree doubled to lead off the third and came in to score on an error by the Grizzlies. A Silvan triple got the offense going in the fourth. She scored on a groundout by Savannah Loomis for a 4-0 margin.
Ree hit a single and Cathcart immediately brought her in with a double to right center. The home side scored twice in the bottom of the fifth, making it a 5-2 difference.
After a scoreless sixth frame, the Redhawks struck again in the seventh. Ree singled to left and advanced to second on an error. Maddy Kristjanson drove in Ree with a single to left, giving SU a 6-2 lead and setting up the Grizzlies’ rally.
The Redhawks travel to UCSB for five games next weekend, as they close out non-conference action.