SANTA CLARA, Calif. – One play away from a perfect day, the Wildcats were forced to settle for a split.
The Weber State University softball team knocked off South Dakota 6-4, before dropping a tough 9-6 decision to Creighton during the second day of the Santa Clara Invitational on Saturday at Santa Clara Stadium.
The Wildcats saw their four-game winning streak broken with the loss to the Jays, falling to 4-8-1 overall.
Creighton, which was scoreless for 6 2/3 innings, took advantage of an error-filling seventh inning to stage a two-out rally and steal the victory.
The loss spoiled an otherwise strong day from the Wildcats, with freshman outfielder Takesha Saltern going 6-for-8 with five runs scored in the two games, while senior Mackenzi Corta had four hits, and senior first baseman Sara Hingsberger had five RBI.
Against the Coyotes, the Wildcats fell behind 3-1 after two innings, but rallied with a run in the fourth and four-run fifth to take a 6-3 lead. Junior catcher Molly Horne came up big during the fifth with a two RBI bases-loaded double, and Corta had an RBI single.
Against the Blue Jays, the Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two RBI double by Hingsberger, and then made it 3-0 on an RBI double senior Riana Splinter.
Hingsberger added a two RBI single in the fourth inning that put the Wildcats ahead 5-0, and had a sacrifice fly RBI in the sixth that put WSU ahead 6-0 heading into the fateful seventh inning.
Weber State will wrap up its three-day stay in Santa Clara with a rematch against UIC at 12:30 p.m. MT on Sunday (11:30 a.m. Pacific).