SEATTLE – (April 4) Seattle University softball battled at No. 1 Washington Wednesday night, but the Huskies claimed a 3-1 decision. Susanne Morris tallied an RBI double in the non-conference game at Husky Softball Stadium.
“We played the top team in the nation and we were right there,” said Coach Geoff Hirai. “If we play like that the rest of the season, we’ll be good to go.”
Andie Larkins held the Huskies’ dangerous offense down in the first half of the game, working around a single hit in each of the first two innings. UW broke through with a run in the third, but Larkins induced a 6-4-3 double play to close the frame.
Madison Cathcart earned a walk after a 13-pitch battle with Washington ace Taran Alvelo in the fourth, but SU was unable to score in the inning.
Carley Nance entered in relief to pitch the bottom of the fourth. UW walked and doubled to take a 2-0 advantage.
In the top of the fifth, Cherise Silvan drew a one-out walk. Susanne Morris followed with a double to left centerfield, bringing in Silvan to get the Redhawks on the board. Nance pitched a perfect fifth, pushing the game to the sixth frame.
In the sixth, Cathcart led off with another walk, but UW erased the threat on a stolen base attempt. The hosts added an insurance run for a 3-1 margin through six innings.
Larkins and Nance each threw three innings. The duo allowed four hits apiece in the contest. UW entered the game with the second-highest-scoring offense in the nation at over seven runs per game.
The Redhawks host Kansas City in a three-game WAC series at Logan Field this weekend. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 4 p.m.