'Cats earn split with Bengals on senior day
Courtesy: Weber State  
Release: Thursday 04/14/2012
Courtesy: Weber State
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OGDEN, Utah - The Weber State University softball team earned a two-game split during the first day of its weather-delayed series with rival Idaho State.

The Wildcats fell 10-2 in five innings in the opening game, but rallied for a 6-5 win in the second game of the day at Wildcat Softball Field.

Weber State honored the team's five seniors (Lyndsey Minnich, Symbree Minniear, Erika James-Dixon, Kami Johnson-Holley and Sarah Clark) in between the two games.

Minnich went 2-for-2 at the plate, while advancing to first base after being hit by a pitch three times during the two contests. Minnich, who is the Wildcats' career RBI leader, had an RBI single in the second game.

Senior Erika Dixon went 3-for-7 with a pair of runs scored, while Ashley Huddleston, Brooke Silva and Janel Cunningham each notched two hits. Cunningham had four RBIs on the afternoon.

After two scoreless innings, Idaho State jumped ahead 4-0 in the third inning, but the Wildcats answered after Silva put the ball into play, reaching on a fielder's choice, to bring London Clarke home. In the next at-bat, Clark out the ball into play on a fielder's choice to score Minnich and make it 4-2.

The Bengals, however, capitalized on three Wildcat errors and three hits to score six runs, and then take the game on run-rule after three quick outs in the bottom of the fifth.

Idaho State took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Dixon singled and Minnich was hit by a pitch, the third time during the day's two games, setting up Cunningham's three-run shot over the centerfield fence.

Minnich hit an RBI single to left field to scored Clarke, and then Cunningham had an RBI single to center field to score Dixon, making it 5-1.

Weber State made it 6-2 in the fourth inning on Silva's RBI single, but Idaho State didn't go quietly as the Bengals rallied to get within 6-5 in the sixth. That's as close as they would get, however, as the Wildcats closed out the game a fly out to left field.

Weber State (6-4 PCSC, 17-24 overall) and Idaho State (3-7 PCSC, 7-29) will wrap up their four-game series on Monday afternoon at Wildcat Softball Field, completing the two games that were delayed from Friday due to weather-related issues. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.

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