RIVERSIDE, Calif. – It was a clean sweep weekend for the Wildcats.
Behind 20 hits, including key home runs from KyRae Kogianes and Molly Horne, the Weber State University softball team won its final two games of the Highlander Classic, defeating Maryland 6-2 and Iona 3-2 at Amy S. Harrison Field on Sunday afternoon.
Weber State has now won five straight, seven of eight, and 12 out of its last 15 games, improving to 12-10-1 overall.
The Wildcats opened the final day of the tournament with a 6-2 win over Maryland, taking a 6-0 lead after five innings.
Kogianes was 2-for-4 against the Terrapins, with four RBI, including three coming on a two-out home run in the third inning that put the Wildcats in front 4-0.
Freshman right fielder Takesha Saltern had an RBI triple in the second inning that gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
Kogianes had an RBI single in the fifth inning that made it 5-0, and Saltern had an RBI single later in the inning to make it 6-0.
In all, the Wildcats pounded out 12 hits against Maryland, while junior right-hander Kirtlyn Bohling held the Terrapins to just six hits and one earned run against six strikeouts.
Against Iona, the Wildcats fell behind 2-0 in the third inning on a pair of unearned runs following two errors in the inning.
Weber State cut the deficit in half in the fifth when Horne hit a two-out RBI double that plated Saltern and made it 2-1.
With the Wildcats down to their final out, Horne smashed a two-out, two run homerun over the fence at left field on an 0-1 pitch putting the Wildcats ahead 3-2, and Bohling earned her second save of the weekend, needing just 10 pitches to retire Iona in the bottom of the seventh.
Sophomore right-hander Tatiana Su'esu'e improved to 5-1 in the circle holding Iona to just four hits with three strikeouts in six innings of work.
Weber State will be back in action at the Matador Classic, beginning on Friday. It will be the Wildcats’ final non-conference tournament of the year, with Big Sky Conference action set to begin on March 24 at Sacramento State.