Weber State softball sweeps Portland State to keep pace with Montana

Saturday , April 15, 2017 - 3:58 PM

BRETT HEIN, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Kirtlyn Bohling and Tatiana Su’esu’e combined to pitch 16 innings without issuing a walk and stymied Portland State’s bats, leading Weber State softball to a series sweep with a 17-3 win Saturday at Wildcat Softball Field.

Su’esu’e (11-3) followed her win in Friday’s nightcap with another Saturday, pitching two scoreless innings before giving up two runs in the third after Weber State already held a 7-0 lead.

The Wildcats (24-13-1, 8-3 Big Sky) put up two runs in the first on consecutive singles from Landi Hawker, Sara Hingsberger and Molly Horne.

Sadie Blacker launched a solo homer in the second, and triples from Hingsberger and Takesha Saltern helped build the 7-0 lead.

Hingsberger tripled in every game in the series.

Blacker and Courtney Pestka each smacked two-RBI singles as part of a nine-run fourth inning.

Bohling pitched a perfect fourth, then Jordan Lockhart pitched the fifth and final inning, surrendering a run on two hits.

The Wildcats swept Portland State (6-28, 4-8) by a combined score of 36-4.

Weber State kept pace with Montana (24-19, 9-3), who swept Northern Colorado, and is a half-game behind the Griz for first place.

The Wildcats next host Utah State at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, before playing a three-game conference series at Idaho State from April 21-22. 

GAME 1 — Weber State 13, Portland State 0 (5)

While Weber State’s bats supplied a steady barrage, Bohling improved to 13-9 in the circle by blanking the Vikings 13-0 in Friday’s five-inning series opener.

Bohling gave up five hits, struck out four and walked none across five innings.

KyRae Kogianes capped the Wildcats’ first inning with a two-run triple, giving WSU a 4-0 lead.

Hingsberger duplicated the feat by smacking her own two-run triple in the third, stretching Weber’s lead to 9-0. She led WSU with three RBIs.

Hawker, Saltern, Riana Splinter, Hingsberger and Kogianes all tallied two hits in the win.

GAME 2 — Weber State 6, Portland State 1

Su’esu’e carried Weber State’s pitching domination into Friday’s nightcap, spreading four hits, three strikeouts and no walks across seven innings to lead a 6-1 win.

Bohling and Su’esu’e combined to give up zero earned runs and issue zero walks in 12 innings of work Friday.

Portland State’s lone run came in the top of the first when Shae Nelson scored on an error from Blacker.

Hingsberger tripled again and was driven home by Molly Horne’s double to give the Wildcats a 3-1 lead after one.

Blacker led off the bottom of the second with a double and finished 2 for 2 at the plate. That leadoff double helped Weber build a 5-1 lead after two innings.

Saltern, Hawker and Rae Gall joined Blacker with two hits.

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net, follow him on Twitter @bhein3 and find him at facebook.com/brettheinwrites.

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