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Wildcats sweep doubleheader from Great Falls
Courtesy: Weber State  
Release: Friday 03/20/2012
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OGDEN, Utah - Senior right-hander Sarah Clark turned 22 on Tuesday, and the Wildcats celebrated in style.

By dominating play in all key facets, the Weber State University softball team romped to a doubleheader sweep of the University of Great Falls at Wildcat Softball Field, taking a pair of run-ruled victories over the NAIA Argonauts.

Clark turn in a two-walk no-hitter in the day's first game, an 8-0 whitewash, and the Wildcats' offense continued to roll in an 11-2 win to wrap up the day.

"It was awesome," Clark said of her first complete-game no-hitter with the Wildcats. "We had great defense behind me. That helped a lot because I knew my team would back me up."

Clark fanned seven, facing just three batters over the minimum, in improving to 7-5 on the mound.

Senior Lyndsey Minnich also made a little bit of history in a Purple and White uniform as she recorded two RBIs in the second game of the day, and became Weber State's career leader with 51. Minnich, who pushed her already single-season record total to 31, was 2-for-3 with four runs scored in the two games.

"I'm pretty stoked (at the record)," Minnich said. "For my senior year, this is an awesome way to go out. I'm excited and I want this to keep going."

Weber State also set a new single-season record for team home runs when Brooke Silva and Cydnee Clarke each sent a shot over the 220-foot center field fence during the opening game. The Wildcats now have 23 homers this season, breaking the record of 21 set during each of the past two seasons.

"I'm proud of our performance today," Minnich said. "Last week (against Dixie State) was a rough week ... so we were ready to come out and show our fans how we usually play."

In the first game of the day, Weber State burst out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, capitalizing on two walks and a pair of Great Falls errors.

Clarke homered in the third and Silva went distance in the fourth to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead, before senior Symbree Minniear hit an RBI double to left field to bring in senior Erika Dixon to end the game at 8-0 on run-rule in the fifth inning.

Minniear and Cunningham each had two hits in the game, while four other Wildcats also recorded a hit.

In the second game, freshman pitcher Morgan Allaband earned her first win of the year on the mound, scattering five hits and getting nine strikeouts in facing just 20 batters.

Weber State led 2-0 after the first, and then blew the game open with a three RBI double by senior Kami Holley in the third.

Leading 5-0, the Weber State continued to roll offensively in the fourth as Minniear hit an RBI triple, followed by an RBI single from Minnich.

After a pitching change by Great Falls, Silva hit an RBI double to right field to make it 8-0, before a trio of errors pushed the lead to 11.

Minnich, Silva and Holley each had two hits in the game.

"The difference today (vs. last week) was pitching," Weber State coach Tina Johnson said. "(The team) was really fired up to come back and prove to everybody that they can play."

Up next for Weber State is a trip to Boise, Idaho, this weekend to participate in the SpringHill Suites Invitational. The Wildcats will face the University of New Mexico on Friday morning at 10 a.m., and the will face University of Texas-San Antonio and the host Broncos on Saturday, before a rematch with the Lobos and Boise State on Sunday.


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