SEATTLE (April 26) – Seattle University softball hosts CSU Bakersfield on the final week of the regular season April 28-29. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday, beginning at 4 p.m. and wrap up with a game on Saturday at 2 p.m. All three Western Athletic Conference (WAC) contests will be played at Logan Field.
With two wins this weekend, Seattle U can clinch the second seed in the WAC Tournament. Currently, New Mexico State leads the league with a 10-2 record. Grand Canyon, who is ineligible for postseason play, sits in second at 9-3. SU is third with a 6-6 mark, a game ahead of UMKC. Utah Valley is 4-8, with Bakersfield at 2-10 entering the final weekend. The Redhawks can secure the second seed through several scenarios, depending on the results of the UMKC/Utah Valley series this weekend.
Coach Geoff Hirai, in his second season at SU, has his team on the brink of its highest-ever finish in the WAC standings. After earning the three seed in the 2014 tournament, the Redhawks have been fourth in each of the last two years.
Seattle U won two out of three outings at UMKC last weekend, capping the series with a 12-6 win in nine innings on April 22. Bouska had nine hits in the three games, while Alyson Matriotti posted eight hits and scored six runs.
CSU Bakersfield dropped two of three at home to NM State last weekend. The Aggies won the first game, 5-2, before the ‘Runners bounced back with a 7-4 victory. Chris Hipa recorded three RBIs, including a two-run home run. NMSU claimed the series with a 13-3 win in the finale on April 23.
Bouska is hitting .399 in 44 games this season. She leads the WAC with 67 hits and 6 triples. Kaylee Ree sports a team-high .449 on-base percentage, including a WAC-leading 26 walks. Madison Cathcart has four home runs and 36 RBIs in her freshman season. Reuble and Larkins have started a total of 40 games in the circle this year, throwing 261 innings, tied for the most of any WAC duo.
Jo Larios leads the team with a .286 batting average, while Hip paces the ‘Runners with five homers and 21 RBIs. Summer Evans and Lyndsay Klimenko are the team's regular starting pitchers, having combined to win all nine CSUB contests in 2017.