LAS CRUCES, N.M. (May 10) – Four members of the Seattle University softball team were named All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) at the WAC's pre-tournament banquet Wednesday evening. Paige Bouska and Alyson Matriotti were chosen First Team, while Andie Larkins and Madison Cathcart both earned Second Team honors.
In the final season of her fantastic collegiate career, Bouska batted .388 while starting all 48 games in left field this season. Her 71 hits and 7 triples were both most in the WAC, as her hit total is 11th-highest in Division I and her triple mark is fifth-best in the nation. The senior led SU with 34 runs scored and added four doubles. Bouska's 23 multi-hit games were most among WAC hitters, while her six strikeouts marked her as the 15th-hardest player to strike out in the nation. She became the school's career hits leader earlier this season and her 223 career hits are most among active WAC hitters.
The native of Keizer, Oregon, had claimed All-WAC Second Team in 2015 and 2016. She becomes just the third Redhawk to pick up three all-conference nods from the WAC, joining Isabella Geromino (2013-2016) and Bubba Morrow (2013-2015).
Matriotti made 44 starts at third base in her freshman campaign, putting up a .349 batting average. She paced the Redhawks with 11 steals, as Matriotti was caught just once on the basepaths in 2017. The native of Everett, Washington, hit .419 in WAC action, going 7-7 on stolen base attempts. Overall, Matriotti walked 13 times, boosting her on-base percentage to .420, second-highest on the SU roster. She also scored 27 runs, good for third on the team.
Matriotti becomes the second SU freshman to earn All-WAC First Team, as Geromino achieved the feat in 2013. Matriotti is also the fourth rookie to be chosen to the first team since 2014.
Cathcart also had a stellar rookie season. She immediately took over the cleanup spot and started all 48 games at first base for the Redhawks. Cathcart batted .292 with team-leading totals in home runs (5), RBIs (39), and doubles (11). She added 16 walks and 18 runs. In conference play, the Longview, Washington, native hit .347 with a .673 slugging percentage, best among SU regulars.
Larkins led the WAC in innings pitched (179.1) on her way to 10 wins and a 3.86 earned run average. In 35 appearances, she struck out 85 batters, second-most in the conference. Opponents hit .275 against her, the second-best mark in the WAC. The native of Tucson, Arizona, tossed 18 complete games and saved a pair of contests.
Seattle U opens the WAC Tournament tomorrow, taking on Utah Valley in a 12:30 p.m. (Pacific) game at NMSU.