OGDEN, Utah - There is still plenty of work to be done, but for one night, the Wildcats are enjoying the view from the top of the table.
Led by a pair of well-rounded team efforts, the Weber State University softball team stormed into a first-place tie with Portland State in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference's Mountain Division.
The Wildcats dismantled arch-rival Idaho State 8-0 and 15-6, both in six innings, on Monday afternoon at Wildcat Softball Field, claiming their second consecutive series victory.
"I think we just have a lot of confidence, and our seniors are great leaders," said sophomore shortstop Brooke Silva, who hit 5-for-7 at the plate on Monday, smashing a pair of home runs over the fence during the first contest. "We trust each other and we believe in each other."
Silva scored five runs, had five RBIs, and a double during the day for Weber State, which improved to 8-4 in Pacific Coast action and 19-24 overall.
Senior right hander Sarah Clark went 5-for-9 with four RBIs and a two-run shot over the right field fence. Senior second baseman Symbree Minniear was 4-for-7 with two runs scored, and a two-run shot that sailed well over the fence in right field. Clark also had both wins on the day, finishing without allowing an earned run and seven strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work.
"These players just want to win; they're competitive and they're hungry," Weber State coach Tina Johnson said. "We hit the ball very well today and that goes back to having confidence when we go up to the plate."
Weber State raced out to an early lead in the first game, scoring three first-inning runs as Silva hit the first of her two home runs to make it 3-0.
Cunningham tripled in the third inning to make it 4-0 and Silva hit her second bomb to left center to make it 6-0, and then Huddleston doubled to score Cydnee Clarke and make it 7-0.
Cunningham also singled in the sixth inning to bring in senior Erika James-Dixon and make it 8-0, with the Wildcats putting the Bengals down in order in the bottom of the inning to end it on run-rule.
Idaho State (3-9 PCSC, 7-31 overall) hit solo home run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead, but Weber State exploded for a nine-run second inning to blow the game open. The Wildcats had seven hits during the decisive inning.
The Bengals pulled one back in the bottom half of the inning, but Minniear and Clark homered to make it 12-2 in the top of the fifth.
Idaho State avoided the run-rule with a two-out, three RBI triple that made it 12-6, but Silva scored to make it 13-6 and Clark hit a two-RBI single to give the Wildcats a season high-tying 15 runs, and then Clark ended the game on a strikeout.
Weber State will look to keep its share of first place this weekend when the Wildcats travel to fourth-place Utah Valley (6-6 PCSC, 25-17-1) on Friday and Saturday.