SEATTLE (April 13) – Seattle University softball travels to Utah Valley for a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) series April 13-14. The teams will play a single game, beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific, on Friday. They’ll wrap up the weekend with a 1 p.m. Pacific doubleheader on Saturday at Wolverine Softball Field.
Seattle U (14-24, 3-3 WAC) notched its first-ever win over New Mexico State on April 7, beating the Aggies, 6-2, in the 2017 home opener at Logan Field. Andie Larkins threw a complete game, allowing just five hits and two runs. NMSU bounced back with victories in the final two contests of the weekend, however. Madison Cathcart led the SU offense with six hits, including a home run and a double.
Utah Valley (10-16, 2-4 WAC) took two out of three games from CSU Bakersfield last weekend. Lauren Frailey was named WAC Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA and eight strikeouts against the Roadrunners. She threw a pair of complete games to claim wins, including a three-hit showing in the series finale on April 8.
Paige Bouska leads the Redhawks with a .392 batting average (fourth in the WAC), 56 hits (most), and 6 triples (most). Kaylee Ree has a team-high .425 on-base percentage, including a WAC-leading 20 walks. Cathcart paces the roster with nine doubles, three home runs, and 30 RBIs. Larkins and Alyssa Reuble have both won seven games in the circle this season, combining to throw over 200 innings.
UVU leads the WAC with a .314 team batting average. Brittney Vansway tops the league with a .776 slugging percentage. She has a conference-high eight homers and 43 RBIs while hitting .400. Lyndsay Steverson also has eight home runs for the Wolverines. Frailey has been the team’s top pitcher, going 7-5 with a 3.05 ERA in 21 appearances.
Seattle U won three of five meetings between the schools last season. The Redhawks took two out of three to close the regular season, and then after falling to UVU in the first round of the WAC Tournament, SU beat the Wolverines, 7-2, to advance to the finals of the tournament. In that game, Larkins and Reuble combined to throw seven innings, giving up just five hits and two runs. Ree went 3-4 with three RBIs.