SEATTLE (April 6) – Seattle University softball hosts New Mexico State in its 2017 home opener on Friday, April 7. The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) doubleheader is set for a 4 p.m. start at Logan Field. The teams will play a single game on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m.
The Redhawks (13-22, 2-1 WAC) won two out of three contests at Grand Canyon last weekend. They swept a doubleheader on March 31, including a 7-3 win in a 12-inning nightcap. The game is the longest in SU history and tied for the sixth-longest in the nation this season. Alyssa Reuble pitched all 12 innings to get the victory. Seattle U won the first game, 8-2, as Madison Cathcart homered to lead the offense.
NM State (15-16, 3-0 WAC) swept Utah Valley in three home outings last weekend. The Aggies won, 8-5, on March 31 and then came back with wins by scores of 4-3 and 7-3 the next day. Nikki Butler and Kayla Green were named WAC Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. Butler hit .615 with two home runs and eight RBIs in four games last week, while Green went 3-0 in three starts and also earned a save in another outing.
Paige Bouska is hitting .397, second in the conference, in 35 starts this season. she leads the league with 52 hits and 5 triples. Nicole Bolasky has a .358 batting average, while Kaylee Ree leads the team with a .423 on-base percentage. Ree has walked a WAC-high 19 times. Reuble and Andie Larkins have been a consistent 1-2 punch in the circle, starting 31 games between them.
For NM State, Kelsey Horton leads the way with a .426 batting average (tops in the WAC), four home runs, and 26 RBIs. Butler is hitting .415 with a .732 slugging percentage. Green has a 9-9 record and a 3.61 ERA in 28 appearances.
The Aggies, along with Grand Canyon, were picked to tie for first in the WAC preseason poll. SU was voted to tie for third.