OGDEN, Utah – With a mid-week meeting with in-state rival Utah rescheduled due to field conditions, the Weber State University softball is ready to get back down to work this weekend.
The Wildcats will host rival Idaho State for a three-game Big Sky Conference series, beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday at Wildcat Softball Complex.
Weber State (1-5 Big Sky, 18-15 overall) is looking for a much-needed jolt to climb back into the race for one of the four berths in the Big Sky Conference postseason tournament, which will be hosted by the regular season champion early next month. The Wildcats suffered a frustrating home sweep by Northern Colorado this past weekend, and have lost five of their last six overall.
Idaho State (2-1 Big Sky, 19-14 overall) went 2-3 in non-conference action last week, defeating Utah Valley and BYU, around losses to Utah and two games to BYU. The Bengals are 1-3 in their last four games after taking 2-of-3 against defending Big Sky tournament champion Portland State on the road.
Weber State is 14-24 all-time against Idaho State, and is 5-10 since restarting the Wildcats’ softball program in 2010. The Bengals are 3-0 against the Wildcats in Big Sky play, having swept the season series in 2013.
Senior shortstop Brooke Silva is one of three Wildcats hitting better than .300, with a team-leading .339 batting average. Silva has 38 hits, including 10 for extra bases, and has 18 RBI.
Senior right-hander/designated player Jasmine Ioane is second with a .333 batting average with 30 hits, including 12 for extra bases. She has a team-high 33 RBI and has scored 18 runs, while being walked 14 teams.
Sophomore third baseman Alyson Kulp is batting .324 with 35 hits, including a team-high 14 for extra bases, and has 22 RBI with a team-high 24 runs scored.
On the mound, junior right-hander MaCauley Flint is 9-4 with a 1.87 ERA in 22 appearances. She has allowed 66 hits and just 29 earned runs with 128 strikeouts in 108.2 innings pitched. Flint is just 25 strikeouts away from Weber State’s single-season record of 153 set in 2012 by Sarah Clark.
Ioane and senior right-hander Kylee Colvin are both 4-4 in 17 and 16 appearances, respectively, with a 3.68 and 5.33 ERA.
After this weekend’s series with the Bengals, Weber State will face in-state rival Utah for a doubleheader on Tuesday. The Wildcats were originally scheduled to face the Utes on Wednesday, but the game was postponed due to field conditions. Next weekend, WSU will travel to Grand Forks, N.D., to face the University of North Dakota for a key three-game series.