OGDEN – The Wildcats’ heat wave continued at the plate.
The Weber State University softball team pounded out 15 hits, running away with a 17-3 victory in five innings against Portland State on Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Softball Complex.
The victory, which moved the Wildcats to 8-3 in Big Sky Conference action and 24-13-1 overall, put the finishing touches on a commanding weekend for the Wildcats. Weber State plated 36 runs on 40 hits, outscoring Portland State 36-4, in just 17 innings of action during the three-game series.
Weber State’s 17 runs are a season high, and the third most in a game in school history.
Senior first baseman Sara Hingsberger was 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBI, a triple, and three runs scored. Sophomore second baseman Sadie Blacker was 2-for-2 with a solo home run, three RBI, and two runs scored, while senior designated player Riana Splinter, junior catcher Molly Horne, and freshman center fielder Landi Hawker were each 2-for-3 with RBIs.
Sophomore right-hander Tatiana Su'esu'e earned the win in the circle, allowing just a pair of third inning runs, to improve to 11-3 overall.
"I really liked the way we scored throughout the game," Weber State coach Mary Kay Amicone said. "Our pitching staff did a great job of working together to keep the momentum for us. We had a really solid weekend."
An RBI single to left field by Hingsberger got the Wildcat scoring machine off the ground in the first inning, with Molly Horne’s RBI single to center field making it 2-0 in the first.
Blacker led off the second inning with an home run blast over the fence at center field to make it 3-0, followed an RBI triple from freshman right fielder Takesha Saltern that put the Wildcat lead at 4-0.
And RBI single to center field by Hawker, followed by an RBI triple from Hingsberger, and an RBI sacrifice fly from Molly Horne added three more runs and gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead after two.
Portland State scored twice in the top of the third to cut it to 7-2, but an RBI from Saltern in bottom of the inning pushed the lead back to six.
After junior right-hander Kirtlyn Bohling needed just eight pitches to put the Vikings down in order in the top of the fourth, a combination of eight Wildcat hits and three PSU errors fueled a nine-run inning for the Wildcats that pushed the lead to 17-2, and freshman right hander Jordan Lockhart brought the Wildcats home in the fifth to wrap up the series sweep.
Weber State will wrap up its current four-game homestand on Wednesday with a single game against in-state rival Utah State. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Wildcat Softball Complex.