Seattle University softball redeemed itself on senior day after losing their first two games on Friday against CSU Bakersfield on the final weekend of the regular season. The Redhawks (7-8 WAC) battled the Roadrunners (4-11 WAC) at Logan Field this weekend, ultimately losing the series but handing the seniors a win on their special day.
#4 Kaylee Ree waits on second base for the next at bat.
The softball teams started their weekend on a sunny Friday afternoon, and battled in a close game, ending with the Roadrunners winning 3-1. The duel continued into the night as they gained momentum about halfway through their second game, when they came back from a huge deficit in the fifth inning with three runs. The late spark wasn’t enough to hold back the Roadrunners, who finished the night by winning 8-5.
After losing the double-header on Friday, The Redhawks showed their competitors that they wouldn’t go down easily as they hit the ground running in the third and final game of the series. The team took the lead in the third inning when they scored four runs. At that point, the game was in the hands of Seattle U, and they knew it. The Redhawks went on to score eight more runs and finished the series with an 8-2 win. This came as a relief to both fans and players alike, especially because the day was dedicated to celebrating the seniors on their last week of regular season.
“It is always nice to win on senior day [and] to send them off with a great memory,” said Head Coach Geoff Hirai.
Seniors on the team were recognized after the game with flowers and applause. Those who were recognized include Paige Bouska, Megan Ottino, Kayla Gonzales, Alyssa Reuble and Lindsay Davis.
When asked if there is anything he would like to tell the seniors as they finish their last games of college, Hirai said he’d like “to thank them for fully buying into our culture of this program and that they have left the legacy into this school and our program.”
Although the Redhawks ultimately lost the series this past weekend, they have had an incredibly successful season and earned a spot in the top three seed in the upcoming WAC tournament. As the team pushes on toward the high stakes of the tournament, their coach says they will focus on work ethic, fight, and details.
This Wednesday, May 3rd, the team heads to the University of Washington for a non-conference game. First pitch will be at 6 p.m. Next week, the Redhawks will set out for New Mexico for the WAC tournament with the goal of returning with a trophy in hand.
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