Thursday , May 11, 2017 - 7:15 PM
OGDEN — Weber State softball’s defense came through in the first game of the Big Sky Tournament on Thursday afternoon, as the Wildcats topped Southern Utah 1-0 at Wildcat Softball Complex.
Junior pitcher Kirtlyn Bohling threw all seven innings for the Wildcats, striking out two batters and keeping the Thunderbirds scoreless.
“We’ve been in a lot of close games like that this year and I’ve been on both ends,” Bohling said. “You’ve just got to keep that positive replay of all the good moments and trust yourself and have confidence that you can do it.”
Takesha Saltern — the Big Sky Freshman of the Year and a top-10 finalist for National Freshman of the Year — led Weber State at the plate by hitting 3 for 4. The Wildcats left 11 runners on base, which put the pressure on the defense.
“When we get on base, we’ve got to sneak it through there and drive the ball,” WSU head coach Mary Kay Amicone said. “They were on base we’ll continue to work on that timely hitting.”
Southern Utah left six runners on base.
Weber State had no problems getting on base to start the game, but left six on base through the first three innings.
“We were getting runners on, and it was just one hit and we could score,” Saltern said. “We never let down and we just kept on hitting. A win’s a win for us. We’re going to move on to tomorrow and be ready.”
In the bottom of the third, Rae Gall reached on an error in a play that brought home Saltern for the game’s only run.
WSU then loaded the bases with two outs, but a fly-out ended the inning.
In the fifth, the Wildcats again loaded the bases with two outs but couldn’t score, then left two on with one out in the sixth.
Bohling allowed only three hits and the defense behind her committed no errors, sealing the win and advancing Weber State into the winner’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament.
“Obviously everyone wants to give (Bohling) run support,” Amicone said. “It just came down to that component of timely hitting. (Bohling), coach (Vicky Galasso) and Molly (Horne) did one heck of a job of keeping Southern Utah off balance.”
Weber State plays Montana at 2:30 p.m. Friday in a rematch from the series that decided the regular-season championship one week ago. Montana scored four runs in the sixth to end the game and defeat Idaho State 8-0 in Thursday’s nightcap.
The winner of that game will be one victory away from winning the tournament and advancing to NCAA Regionals.
Southern Utah 7, North Dakota 6
Idaho State 10, Sacramento State 4
Weber State 1, Southern Utah 0
Montana 8, Idaho State 0
9:30 a.m. — Sacramento State vs. Southern Utah
Noon — North Dakota vs. Idaho State
2:30 p.m. — Weber State vs. Montana
5 p.m. — Winners of Sac State/SUU and North Dakota/Idaho State
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