RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Wildcats just keep finding ways to get wins.
Riding a 13-hit performance, the Weber State University softball team rallied from a first-inning deficit to defeated the University of Tennessee-Martin 7-5 during the second day of the Highland Classic, hosted by UC Riverside at Amy S. Harrison Field.
Senior first baseman Sara Hingsberger went 3-for-3 at the plate, blasting a two-run homer in the first inning and scoring two runs. Junior Molly Horne was 2-for-3 with a two-run double in the first inning and three RBIs overall.
The win was Weber State’s third straight and 10th in the last 13 games as the Wildcats leveled their overall record at 10-10-1.
UT Martin (16-6) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Wildcats came roaring right back.
Saltern led off the inning with single, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman outfielder Landi Hawker. A single by Corta put runners in the corners with just one out, and Horne doubled to right center to plate Saltern and Corta and level the game at 2-2.
Three pitches later, Hingsberger smashed a two-run shot over the fence at left center to put the Wildcats on top 4-2.
Weber State led 4-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth, when Hingsberger led off the inning with a single and was eventually brought across the plate on a single from Brinkerhoff that made it 5-3, before sophomore pinch hitter Sadie Blacker brought in senior Katelyn Robinson to make it 6-3.
The Skyhawks wouldn’t go quietly, however, scoring twice in the top of the sixth the cut the Wildcats’ lead to 6-5.
A sacrifice fly to right field by Horne brought Hawker across the plate in the sixth to make it 7-5 and the Wildcats closed down the Skyhawks in order to pick up the win.
Weber State will be back in action for the final day of the Highlander Classic, beginning at 10 a.m. MT against Maryland, followed by a rematch against Iona at 12:30 p.m.