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'Cats take first PCSC series from Seattle
Courtesy: Weber State  
Release: Sunday 04/07/2012
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OGDEN, Utah - Continuing to march forward, the Weber State University softball team broke even more ground on Saturday afternoon.

Shaking off a disastrous second game, the Wildcats captured games three and four of their four-game Pacific Coast Softball Conference series with Seattle, earning their first-ever conference series win.

Weber State topped the Redhawks 10-6 and 8-2 during Saturday's two regularly schedule games at Wildcat Softball Field, after falling 19-0 during game two of the series, which was suspended after just one inning played on Friday night and completed early Saturday morning.

The two wins on Saturday gave Weber State a 3-1 win in the four-game PCSC series with Seattle. The Wildcats improved to 5-3 in league play, pulling into a tie with Utah Valley for second place in the Mountain Division. Weber State is now 16-21 overall, already having bested its 2011 mark by four victories.

"I'm extremely proud of our players and the hard work that they've put in," Weber State coach Tina Johnson said. "This is great progress for our team.

"Our team effort was awesome and everyone contributed to getting the wins. We showed great resolve in every game. They were focused and determined to do whatever we needed offensively and defensively. They just never said die."

Weber State definitely showed its embarrassment after a lackluster result in that second game, which saw Seattle jump out to an 11-0 first-inning lead.

With the Redhawks having staked out a 5-0 lead after three innings during the series' third game, the Wildcats exploded to life with an eight-run inning that turned that deficit into a three-run lead.

The inning started with freshman catcher Janel Cunningham drawing a walk. Senior pitcher Sarah Clark hit a two RBI triple to get the Weber State on the board, and suddenly the Wildcats' offense was unstoppable as Cunningham capped the surge with at three RBI homer that put WSU in front 8-5.

The Wildcats pushed two more runs across before surrendering another in the sixth inning to wrap up the scoring.

Clark earned her 13th win of the season on the mound in the game, improving to 13-7 on the year.

Carrying the momentum into the season finale, the Wildcats went up 1-0 in the first inning, but Seattle answered to make it 1-1 at the end of the first.

Freshman Kortney Law and senior Lyndsey Minnich each hit home runs in the second to put the Wildcats back in front 4-1.

Clark hit a two RBI single in the sixth to make it 7-1, and then scored off freshman Cydnee Clarke's single to make it 8-1 and leave the Wildcats just a handful of outs away from the victory.

Clark, a senior out of Springville, Utah, went 4-for-6 at the plate with five RBI and three runs scored across the two games.

Cunningham was 3-for-3 in the first game, while Minnich was 3-for-3 in the second.
Erika Dixon, London Clarke and Brooke Silva also recorded multiple hits during the day.

Weber State will briefly step out PCSC action on Wednesday to take on in-state rival Utah State in Logan. First pitch of a twinbill is set for 2 p.m.


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