SEATTLE – Seattle University softball dropped a doubleheader with North Dakota State by scores of 8-1 and 9-6 at Logan Field Friday. Shianne Smith broke her own Division I program record with nine strikeouts in a relief effort in the nightcap on the first day of the Redhawk Invitational.
In the first game, the Bison found five runs in the top of the third inning. NDSU starter KK Leddy held down the SU offense, allowing just one run. The Redhawks scored in the fourth, as Madison Cathcart was hit by a pitch to start the rally. A pair of fielder’s choices and an error put Kaylee Ree at second with two outs. Carley Nance singled and then Cherise Silvan lined a base hit down the left field line to drive in Ree. The visitors tacked on three more runs in the seventh to create the final margin.
Silvan tallied a three-hit game, while Viggiano went 2-4 at the top of the order.
North Dakota State jumped out to an early 7-1 lead in the nightcap. It scored three runs in the top of the first, but Cathcart answered with a solo shot to center in the SU half of the first. The Bison came back with four runs in the second to gain further control of the contest.
The Redhawks began the slow climb back in the bottom of the third. Alyson Matriotti walked and Olivia Viggiano followed with a base hit. Ally Choate lashed a double to the wall in left, bringing in a run. Cathcart lined a single off the glove of the Bison shortstop to drive in two more runs. Later in the frame, Silvan hit a sacrifice fly to plate Cathcart. Breanna Timmons reached on an error that allowed another run to cross the plate, making it 7-6.
Smith was terrific in relief, recording her first six outs via strikeout. She kept the visitors off the scoreboard through the middle of the game before NDSU homered in the sixth. Smith allowed another homer in the seventh, but closed the frame with her ninth strikeout of the game, topping her own SU mark that she set last Friday night against New Mexico State.
Cathcart, Ree, and Matriotti collected two hits apiece.
SU will host two neutral-site games at Logan Field tomorrow. The Redhawks wrap up their weekend with a single game against Santa Clara Sunday at 3 p.m.