OGDEN, Utah - Showing remarkable poise and confidence, the Wildcats didn't flinch when the going got rough.
Sophomore shortstop Brooke Silva, the reigning divisional player of the week, hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Weber State University softball team to a dramatic 5-4 victory over Seattle late Friday afternoon in Pacific Coast Softball Conference action at Wildcat Softball Field.
Silva's hit capped a strong response by the Wildcats, who had let a 4-1 lead slip away in the top, and moved the team to 3-2 in PCSC play (14-20 overall).
"I was very proud of the way the players responded," Weber State coach Tina Johnson said. "They showed a lot of poise and they didn't get rattled. I felt like we showed some mental toughness."
Silva finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI, while senior third baseman Lyndsey Minnich went 3-for-3 with a solo shot home run, her 14th of the season, in the third inning.
Weber State took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when freshman catcher Janel Cunningham hit a deep two-run shot over the centerfield fence.
The Wildcats made it 3-1 on Minnich's solo shot and then went ahead 4-1 in the fifth inning after Silva hit an RBI double to right field that scored Minnich.
Seattle (3-2 PCSC, 10-18 overall) rallied when Bubba Morrow hit a three RBI double down the left field line to knot the game at 4-4 with just one out. Weber State got the next two batters out to set the stage for Silva's seventh-inning heroics.
Second baseman Symbree Minniear walked, Minnich was hit by a pitch and Cunningham singled to load the bases with no outs, with Silvia dropping a game-winning hit between centerfield and second base.
Senior righthander Sarah Clark earned the win on the mound, improving to 12-7 overall, and 3-1 in PCSC play.
The start of Friday's game was delayed by 90 minutes due to a snowstorm that hit the Ogden area early Friday morning. The second game of the day was suspended due to darkness at the end of the first inning, and willing completed on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Games 3 and 4 of the series are set for 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Wildcat Softball Field.
Saturday's game is also Weber State's annual Swing for Life game in support of breast cancer awareness, and fans are encouraged to wear pink to the games.