NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Break out the brooms.
For the second consecutive weekend, the Weber State University softball team is returning from a non-conference tournament with a perfect record.
The Wildcats recorded 26 hits and scored 22 runs in sweeping Murray State and Bryant on Sunday afternoon, wrapping up the three-day Matador Classic with a 4-0 record, and extending their winning streak to a school record-tying nine straight games.
Weber State snapped a 12-game winning streak by the Racers (23-5) with a 7-0 win, pounding out 14 hits while junior right-hander Kirtlyn Bohling scattered six hits and struck out five in earning her third complete-game shutout this year, and then followed it up with a 15-7 victory over Bryant (4-20) in six innings.
The Wildcats improved to 16-10-1 overall, and are now 11-1 in their last 12 games, and have won 16 of their last 19, dating back to a 4-1 win over San Jose State on Feb. 19.
"I love our approach to constant improvement," Weber State coach Mary Kay Amicone said. "We are playing hard and really playing team softball."
In the opener against Murray State, Weber State took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after freshman outfielder Takesha Saltern scored on a fielding error by the Racers’ pitcher.
The Wildcats got some breathing room in the fifth when a senior designated player Mackenzi Corta scored freshman outfielder Landi Hawker from third base, and junior Rae Gall’s RBI double to right center scored senior first baseman Sara Hingsberger to make it 3-0.
Weber State tacked on two more in the sixth on an RBI single by Corta down the left field line made it 5-0, and then added two more in the seventh on an RBI double from senior third baseman KyRae Kogianes and an RBI single down the right field line from freshman shortstop Sydney White to make it 7-0.
In the second game against Bryant, the Wildcats surged ahead early when Kogianes hit a two RBI double to left center and Sydney White had an RBI single through the left side to make it 3-0 in the second inning.
The Wildcats tacked on two more in the third when senior Riana Splinter got a bases-loaded walk and Kogianes had a sacrifice-fly RBI to make it 5-0.
Weber State hit a rough patch in the top of fourth as the Bulldogs scored four run on three hits and three walks to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 5-4, but the threat didn’t last long.
WSU scored on Hingsberger’s sacrifice fly to left field, added two runs on a fielding error, and then scored two more on a two RBI single up the middle by Gall to make it 10-4 after four innings.
Hingsberger had an RBI double down the right field line in the fifth to make it 11-5, before the Bulldogs cut it back to 11-7 in the top of the sixth.
Kogianes led off the bottom of the sixth with a double, and then scored on a throwing error by the Bryant pitcher to make it 12-7. Saltern had an RBI single in the next at-bat to make it 13-7, followed by an RBI single up the middle by Hawker that made it a seven-run lead, setting the stage for Hingsberger to end it on run rule as her fielder’s choice RBI scored Saltern for the requisite eight-run lead.
With the bulk of its non-conference season now behind it, Weber State will turn its attention to the Big Sky Conference season and a key showdown series with Sacramento State, beginning on Friday in Sacramento, Calif. Following the series with the Hornets, the Wildcats are set to make their 2017 home debut on March 31 against North Dakota.