'Cats earn PCSC series split with Wolverines
Courtesy: Weber State  
Release: Monday 04/21/2012
Courtesy: Robert Casey
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OREM, Utah - The Weber State University softball team captured a series split in wrapping up its four-game series with in-state rival Utah Valley on Saturday.

The Wildcats fell 5-4 in the 12th inning after resuming Friday night's darkness-suspended contest early Saturday, and then split the regularly scheduled Saturday doubleheader with a 4-3 win in the third game and a 5-2 loss in the series finale.

Senior Lyndsey Minnich went 5-for-10 with a triple and a two runs scored over the final three games of the series to lead the Wildcats, while junior London Clarke and senior Sarah Clark each had three hits during Saturday's 18 innings of play.

Clark went 1-1 in four appearances during the series, pitching 17.2 innings and striking out four. Junior Kelsie Vallies earned the Game 3 win, shutting down the Wolverines offense late.

Weber State rallied from a 4-2 deficit to forge a 4-4 tie during the series' second game late Friday night, but neither team could score until Utah Valley scored on two-out single in the bottom of the 12th to take the 5-4 decision.

The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of Game 3, but the Wolverines tied it at 2-2 and then again at 3-3 in the top of the fifth.

Clarke hit a single to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning, with Erika James-Dixon getting on by error. Clark had a sacrifice bunt to move Clarke to third and Dixon to second, with UVU intentionally walking Minnich to load the bases with one out.

Freshman catcher Janel Cunningham put the ball into play down the first base line, with Clarke scoring on a throwing error by the Wolverines first baseman to end the game.

In the series finale, Utah Valley took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth, with the Minnich and Cunningham each getting RBI singles to make it 3-2.

The Wolverines added two in the top of the seventh, and the Wildcats went down in order for a series split.

Weber State (10-6 Pacific Coast, 21-26 overall) will briefly step out of conference play on Wednesday for a doubleheader against in-state rival Utah at Wildcat Softball Field. The Wildcats will return to PCSC next weekend for a season-ending showdown with Portland State (9-5 PCSC, 19-20), a four-game series that will likely determine the PCSC's Mountain Division winner.

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