SEATTLE (Feb. 23) – Seattle University softball heads to the Libby Matson Tournament for five games in Stockton, California, this weekend. On Friday, Feb. 24, the Redhawks face CSUN at 1:15 p.m. and the host, Pacific, at 5:45 p.m. The next day, SU takes on Sacramento State (2:30 p.m.) and Pacific (4:45 p.m.). Coach Geoff Hirai’s club wraps up the weekend with a single game against CSUN on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Seattle U (2-7) went 2-2 at the Bronco Classic last weekend, beating Montana twice. The Redhawks scored five runs in the fifth inning to rally past the Grizzlies on Feb. 18 and then Andie Larkins delivered a one-hit shutout to lift SU to a 2-0 victory the following day.
CSUN (2-7) went 1-3 at the Palm Desert Classic last weekend, defeating Saint Mary’s and losing to Arkansas, Washington, and Loyola Marymount. Taylor Glover leads the Matadors with a .400 batting average, while Katie Hooper has hit a pair of home runs. CSUN was picked to finish third in the Big West preseason poll after winning 34 games in 2016.
Pacific (3-5) dropped all three of its outings at the Stanford Nike Invitational last weekend. The Tigers lost to Omaha, UC Santa Barbara and Stanford. Freshman Hailey Reed leads the team with a .417 batting average and Marissa Young has a 2.02 ERA in 17.1 innings pitched. The Tigers were selected to take fifth in the West Coast Conference preseason poll following a 20-win season in 2016.
Sacramento State (2-3) is coming off a 4-3 loss to UC Davis in its home opener on Tuesday. Matthias Celina threw a complete game, allowing four runs on eight hits. Sydney Rasmussen, Suzy Brookshire, and Nene Alas each had two hits for the Hornets. Last year, Sacramento State won 28 games. The Hornets were voted to finish second in the Big Sky preseason poll.