LAS CRUCES, N.M. – For the second straight day, the Weber State University softball team earned a split at the Troy Cox Classic.
After starting the day with a tough 12-5 setback to Texas Tech, a rematch of the Wildcats’ tournament-opening 3-2 win on Friday, WSU bounced back to earn a 5-2 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday afternoon at the New Mexico State University Softball Complex.
“Overall we have battled tough throughout the tournament,” Weber State coach Mary Kay Amicone said. “We have been in every game. The win over Texas Tech (on Friday) was great. Brooke Silva is hitting really well for us, and she had a tremendous game (in that win), going 3-for-4 and driving in the winning run.
“Today we played hard and (junior right-hander) MaCauley (Flint) pitched well. (Senior right-hander) Jasmine (Ioane) hit a grand slam in the Tech game and battled in the circle.”
The brightest spot of the loss to the Red Raiders was Ioane’s third-inning grand slam, sending an 0-1 pitch over the left field fence to help bring the Wildcats back into the game. It was the senior’s second home run of the season, and the Wildcats’ second grand slam this year.
Against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Wildcat bats heated up again, pounding out seven hits and getting 13 runners on base.
Sophomore third baseman Alyson Kulp was 2-for-2 with a run scored, and five other Wildcats tallied hits, including a fourth-inning double from junior center fielder Malia Campos – Weber State’s leadoff hitter.
The Wildcats had plenty of chances to push their lead out even more, but stranded eight runners on base, with many of those in scoring position.
“We had the opportunity to break it open,” Amicone said. “We’ll look to improve tomorrow in our last game here.”
Flint faced just five batters over the minimum and had eight strikeouts in her second complete game of year, scattering five hits with one earned run to capture her second win in the circle.
Weber State (5-4) will wrap up the three-day, five-game tournament with a non-conference meeting against Big Sky rival Northern Colorado (2-7) at 11 a.m. on Sunday.