HENDERSON, Nev. – The Wildcats finally broke through.
Senior KyRae Kogianes had a two-out RBI single and a bases-loaded RBI walk as the Weber State University softball team rallied from an early deficit to claim a 4-1 win over San Jose State in the finale of the DeMarini Desert Classic on Sunday afternoon.
The win, the Wildcats’ first of the season, helped the Purple and White bounce back from a 4-0 loss to Colorado State earlier in the day.
San Jose State took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and held the advantage until the fourth, when the Wildcats put together a two-out rally after junior catcher Molly Horne hit a double, setting the stage for Kogianes’ RBI single to left field that brought senior Katelyn Robinson, pinch running for Horne, across the plate to tie it up at 1-1.
Weber State took the 2-1 lead after senior Sara Hingsberger was plunked with the bases loaded. Horne walked in the next at-bat to make it 3-1, and Kogianes walked with the bases loaded to make it 4-1.
San Jose State tried to rally in the sixth and seventh, putting their leadoff runners on base in both innings, but the Wildcats turned double plays on the second batter in each inning, and closed out the game with a 1-3 groundout.
In the opening game, the Wildcats were held to just two hits, singles by Saltern and Kogianes, in falling to the Rams, who scored two runs in the second and two in the fifth.
Weber State will be back in action at the Santa Clara Invitational, beginning on Friday against the University of Illinois at Chicago in Santa Clara, Calif.