CEDAR CITY, Utah -- The Wildcats first Big Sky Conference road trip of the season ended on a sour note.
Despite a solid 10 hit performance at the plate, the Weber State University softball team allowed 11 hits and committed three errors in suffering a 10-5 loss to in-state rival Southern Utah on Saturday afternoon at the Thunderbirds' Berg Field.
The loss dropped the Wildcats to 1-2 in Big Sky play, 18-12 overall, while Southern Utah improved to 2-1 in Big Sky, 9-17 overall.
Senior right-hander/designated player Jasmine Ioane finished 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI, including two on a shot over the fence in the fifth inning. She also scored three of the Wildcats’ five runs on the afternoon.
Ioane (4-3) took the loss on the mound, giving up five runs on eight hits and one walk in 3.2 innings of work.
After Southern Utah took a 2-0 lead in the first, the Wildcats loaded the bases and Robinson had an RBI single to left field to make it 2-1 with no outs, but the Thunderbirds got out of the inning with three straight outs to limit the damage.
SUU, however, scored three in the bottom half of the inning on three hits and two errors to make it 5-1.
Weber State came charging right back and Ioane scored sophomore third baseman Alyson Kulp with an RBI single, and then Robinson singled to center field to score Ioane and make it 5-3.
Things, however, came unraveled in the bottom of the inning as Southern Utah scored four runs on five hits and an error to make it 9-5, and then added another on a passed ball in the sixth.
The Wildcats’ attempts to rally in the late innings came up just short each time as they stranded five base runners in the final three innings.
Weber State will be back in action on Friday and Saturday when the Wildcats host Northern Colorado for their second Big Sky series of the season at Wildcat Softball Complex.