Seattle University softball split their doubleheader with Portland State (19-21, 9-5), falling in the first contest, 5-3, and winning the second, 1-0 in 10 innings.
"In game one, we had our chances, but couldn't get rolling except for the sixth [inning]," said head coach Dan Powers. "In game two, Mandie threw great and we played solid defense including a great catch by Theresa to end the game. We need to make better adjustments at the plate tomorrow. Overall it was a very good team effort today."
Game 1 - Portland State 5, Seattle U 3
Portland State took the early lead, scoring one run each in the bottom of the first and third innings, and added three more in the bottom of the fifth to take the 5-0 lead.
The Redhawks battled back, adding three runs in the top of the sixth on a Bubba Morrow (Auburn, Wash.) single to right field and a Jenny Hurst (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) two-run single to center field, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit, and Seattle U fell, 5-3, in the series opener.
Richelle Ashburn (Post Falls, Idaho) was handed the loss in the circle for the Redhawks, allowing five runs on eight hits, while walking two and striking out seven in six innings pitched.
Anna Bertrand earned the win for Portland State, allowing three runs on seven hits, while walking four and striking out seven in seven innings pitched.
Game 2 - Seattle U 1, Portland State 0 (10 innings)
Powerful defense by both teams left the score 0-0 through seven innings in game two and sent the game into extra innings.
In the top of the sixth, Theresa Clark (Lakewood, Colo.) reached second base, but this was as close as the Redhawks came to scoring in regulation. The Vikings left the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, but incredible defense by Seattle U got the third out and kept them from scoring.
In the top of the 10th, the international tie breaker rule was used, placing Rogin Hardy (Kirkland, Wash.) on second. Allegra Wilde (Kennewick, Wash.) came in as a pinch runner for Hardy and scored on a sacrifice hit by Morrow to make the score 1-0 in favor of Seattle U going into the bottom of the 10th. This proved to be the winning run as the Vikings had a chance of their own in the bottom of the inning, but left runners on second and third to give the Redhawks the 1-0 victory in 10 innings.
Bertrand was handed the loss for Portland State, giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out nine in ten innings pitched.
Mandie Sugita (Rossmoor, Calif.) earned the complete game shutout in the circle for Seattle U, giving up just five hits, while walking one and striking out four in ten innings.
Seattle U (15-22, 8-6) will face Portland State in another doubleheader on Sunday, Apr. 22, starting at 12 p.m.