POCATELLO, Idaho -- The Wildcats kept grinding until they found a way.
Despite being limited to just four hits, the Weber State University softball team found just enough offense to edge Idaho State 2-1 in the opener of a three-game Big Sky Conference series at Miller Ranch Stadium.
Weber State, which improved to 9-3 in Big Sky play, pulled into a tie with idle Montana at the top of the league standings, and improved to 25-14-1 overall. Idaho State fell to 5-7 in Big Sky play, 12-20 overall.
With the Wildcats trailing 1-0 with two outs in the top of the forth, it came down to three big hits from a trio of freshmen.
Freshman shortstop Sydney White smashed a full count triple, her second of the game, to get on base, and freshman right fielder Takesha Saltern smacked an RBI triple to the right field fence to score White and tie the game. It was Saltern's seventh triple of the season, extending her single-season triples record.
Freshman center fielder Landi Hawker drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single on a 2-1 pitch that scored Saltern and gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead.
The Wildcat defense bent several times over the final nine outs, but never broke as junior right-hander Kirtlyn Bohling and sophomore right-hander Tatiana Su'esu'e helped bring Weber State across the finish line.
Bohling earned the win in the circle, improving to 14-10 overall, with three hits and one run - a solo shot in the bottom of the third - and three strikeouts. Su'esu'e earned the save over the final three innings, her second of the year.
Weber State and Idaho State will wrap up their three-game Big Sky series with a Saturday doubleheader, beginning at 11 a.m.