Softball Improving, Slowly but Surely

Seattle University’s softball team went 1-4 this past weekend at the Libby Matson Softball Tournament in Stockton, Calif.

MANDY RUSCH • THE SPECTATOR
MANDY RUSCH • THE SPECTATOR

Despite picking up four losses over the weekend, there were signs of hope for the Redhawks (3-11) as they didn’t lose any games by more than three runs, and they scored eight runs in their victory over Sacramento State.

The win came on Feb. 25, as the Redhawks were playing their first game of the day.

“We played and fought like Seattle U softball today,” said Coach Geoff Hirai to the Seattle University Athletic Department. “It is great to get back on track and head in the right direction.”

The Hornets took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning before the Redhawks broke it open in the fifth. With the bases loaded, senior Paige Bouska singled in a run to keep them loaded, before freshman Madison Cathcart walked in another run to give them the lead. Junior Savannah Loomis followed by driving in two more runs with a single to left-center field to put Seattle U up 4-1. Junior Nicole Bolasky would hit a drive to left field later in the inning to put them up 7-1. Bolasky finished with three hits and two runs-batted-in for the game.

Sophomore Andie Larkins picked up her second win of the season. She pitched seven innings and gave up two runs, while striking out four batters and walking two.

The win gave the team confidence, and while the offensive outburst carried into their next game against Pacific, their pitching and defense didn’t as they dropped the game 9-7.

It was a wild start, with the score standing at 6-6 after just one inning. Junior Maddy Kristjanson hit a single to drive in two runs right off the bat. This set up a three run home run by senior Kayla Gonzales. The lead would be short lived as they handed six runs right back to Pacific. Pacific would take the lead in the fifth inning for good, with the Redhawks’ bats running out of juice.

Gonzales led the team with three runs batted in, and Kristjanson, Cathcart and freshman Alyson Matriotti tallied two hits apiece in the losing effort. Alyssa Reuble got the start for the Redhawks, but only made it through one inning, giving up six runs on six hits, and striking out none.

“We had opportunities today,” said Coach Geoff Hirai. “We just need to improve in those situations. Overall, we’re making strides in a positive direction.”

The Redhawks travel to Hawaii this weekend to play in the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament.

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