NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Back to California for one last non-conference tournament, the Wildcats look to keep their winning ways going.
The Weber State University softball team heads to the Matador Classic, hosted be CSUN, this weekend for four games, beginning on Friday morning against the host Matadors.
The Wildcats have won five straight and are 12-3 in their last 15 games, and will be looking to continue to gain momentum for the start of the Big Sky Conference season next week.
The tournament gets underway at 9:30 a.m. MT (8:30 a.m. Pacific) on Friday, with Weber State meeting CSUN for the third time this season. Both previous meetings between the teams took place at the SpringHill Suites Classic in Nampa, Idaho, two weeks ago. The Matadors took the first meeting 5-0, with the Wildcats rallying for a dramatic 14-11 win on Riana Splinter’s two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. It will be the eighth all-time meeting between the two teams, with Weber State holding a 4-3 lead in the series.
On Saturday, Weber State will face Quinnipiac at 9:30 a.m. It will be the first-ever meeting between the Wildcats and Bobcats.
Weber State will wrap up the tournament with two games on Sunday, facing Murray State at 9 a.m. and Bryant at 11:30 a.m. It will be the Wildcats first-ever meeting with both the Racers and Bulldogs.
Live stats for all four games are available at www.weberstatesports.com.
Since starting the season 0-7-1, with three losses to nationally-ranked teams, Weber State has caught fire following its 5-1 win over San Jose State in Henderson, Nev. The Wildcats have finished their last three tournaments with a winning record, capped by a 4-0 showing at the Highlander Classic in Riverside, Calif., this past weekend.
Junior catcher Molly Horne leads Weber State with a .435 batting average in 18 games, and is coming off a strong tournament that saw her hit three RBI doubles and a home run.
Freshman right fielder Takesha Saltern is batting .427 with a team-high 32 hits and 19 runs scored. She set a new Weber State single-season record for triples with her fifth of the year in a 6-2 win over Maryland on Sunday. Saltern, who ranks second nationally in triples, needs just one more to tie for Weber State’s career triples record.
Junior right-hander Kirtlyn Bohling (7-8) has a team-best 2.55 ERA, No. 2 in the Big Sky, with 61 strikeouts. She has nine complete games, with two shutouts, and has two saves.
After this weekend’s action, the Wildcats will return to California one final time next week, as they open the Big Sky Conference season against Sacramento State, a key early-season series between the league’s top two finishers last year.