2017 Alumni Classic
Wildcat softball tops Matadors to open tournament
Courtesy: Justin Johnson - Weber State Athletic Communications  
Release: Saturday 03/17/2017
Courtesy: Justin Johnson - Weber State Athletic Communications
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Senior Riana Splinter drove in the winning run on a two RBI single in the sixth inning.

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – The Wildcats’ streak continues.

Behind a timely two RBI single from senior Riana Splinter in the sixth inning, the Weber State University softball team won its sixth straight game, dropping CSUN 5-3 in the opening game of the Matador Classic on Friday morning at Matador Diamond.

Weber State improved to 13-10-1 overall, and improved to 2-1 against CSUN this season.

Freshman outfielders Takesha Saltern and Landi Hawker, and senior first baseman Sara Hingsberger each had two hits against the Matadors (14-11), who had won five of their last six games.

Weber State took a 1-0 lead in the first on a bases-loaded RBI walk by Rae Gall, but CSUN answered right back with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning.

The game remained tied until the fifth, when the Wildcats again took a one-run lead. Hawker hit a triple and then scored on an RBI fielder’s choice from senior designated player Mackenzi Corta. Again, however, the Matadors tied things up in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run.

After senior third baseman KyRae Kogianes reached on a fielder’s choice, junior second baseman McKinley Brinkerhoff reached on a bunt single to put two on with one out, with both runners advancing a base on a wild pitch, to set the stage for Splinter’s single up the middle that scored two runs and gave Weber State the lead for good.

Hawker doubled down the left field line to lead off the seventh, and Hingberger hit a two-out RBI double to center field to make it 5-2. The Matadors scored an unearned run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning, but the Wildcats forced a 1-3 groundout to finish the game.

Junior right-hander Kirtlyn Bohling, the reigning Big Sky Conference Pitcher of the Week, earned the win in the circle, allowing five hits and two runs with four strikeouts and no walks in five innings of work. Sophomore right-hander Tatiana Su'esu'e earned the save in relief, pitching the final two innings with two hits and an unearned run against eight batters.

Weber State will be back in action on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. MT (8:30 a.m. Pacific) against Quinnipiac. The Bobcats are 6-9 overall this season, but will face Northern Colorado and Bryant later Friday. 

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