NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – The Wildcat pitching staff brought the heat against the Bobcats.
Sophomore right-hander Tatiana Su'esu'e and junior right-hander Kirtlyn Bohling combined for a school record-tying 11 strikeouts as the Weber State University softball team edged Quinnipiac 2-1 during the second day of the Matador Classic, hosted by CSUN at Matador Diamond.
The win is the seventh straight for the Wildcats, who improved to 14-10-1 overall. The seven consecutive victories are tied for the second-longest winning streak in Weber State history. WSU is now 9-1 in its last 10 games, and has won 14 of its last 17. The Bobcats fell to 6-12.
Su'esu'e earned the win in the circle, allowing just four hits and one run with a career-high seven strikeouts, as she improved to 6-1. Bohling picked up her third save of the season, allowing just one hit and one walk against four strikeouts in the final 2.2 innings.
Weber State scored both of its runs in the fourth inning, which started with a leadoff single down the right field line by junior catcher Molly Horne.
With senior Katelyn Robinson pinch-running for Horne, the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead on an illegal pitch that advanced Robinson from third to home with two outs, and then junior second baseman McKinley Brinkerhoff delivered what would be the game-winning RBI, smashing a 2-1 pitch up the middle to plate senior first baseman Sara Hingsberger and make it 2-0.
The Bobcats didn’t go quietly, however, loading the bases in the top of the fifth before Bohling forced a popup to shortstop and struck out Quinnipiac’s final batter.
Weber State will wrap up the Matador Classic, their final non-conference tournament of the year, on Sunday with games against Murray State and Bryant.
First pitch against Murray State is set for 9 a.m., followed immediately by Bryant at approximately 11:30 a.m. The Racers are 22-4 overall, and will face Bryant later Saturday. The Bulldogs are 4-17, and will face Northern Colorado and Murray State later Saturday.
The Wildcats will begin the Big Sky Conference season next weekend, opening up their title defense with a three-game series at Sacramento State, beginning on Friday.