Weber State softball advances to NISC regional title game with 2-0 win over USU

Wednesday , May 17, 2017 - 5:16 PM

BRANDON GARSIDE, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — The cold air and falling sleet didn’t stop Weber State softball Wednesday, which came away with a 2-0 win over Utah State to advance to the title game of their region in the National Invitational Softball Championship.

Sophomore pitcher Tatiana Su’esu’e led the way for the Wildcats by striking out four and allowing three hits.

“I think our defense was super solid,” Su’esu’e said. “Our bats weren’t amazing, but I think our defense is what held it together. We didn’t let them take momentum.”

Weber State totaled six hits, with several line drives snared by great plays from Utah State defenders.

“I really liked our approaches,” WSU head coach Mary Kay Amicone said. “We hit a lot of balls and they made really nice plays on them. It was a very good pitcher that we faced. I thought we carried on. We scored early, which was helpful to the pitchers.”

In the bottom of the second with runners on first and second, Utah State tried to turn a double play but an errant throw to first brought in Katelyn Robinson from second for an unearned run.

In the next at-bat, Sadie Blacker single to center field, scoring KyRae Kogianes to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.

The Aggies threatened multiple times to score, but Su’esu’e and the defense got out of the jams.

“I knew my defense had my back regardless. I wasn’t worried,” Su’esu’e said. “Yeah, they had runners on, but I wasn’t worried because I knew my defense would have our back. I really wasn’t tripping at all.”

After the Wildcats got two quick outs in the top of the seventh, Utah State put runners on first and second and looked poised to extend the game — but a grounder to first baseman Sara Hingsberger made for a quick out to end the game.

“The pitchers have their spots, and they pitch to that and they trust their defense,” Amicone said. “You could see that we were playing well behind her. (Su’esu’e) gets a lot of ground balls ... she trusted her defense. She had that fire and finished awesome.”

Weber State will face Boise State at 10 a.m. Thursday to decide the regional title. Six regional winners will play in the championship round May 21-24. If Boise State wins, the two teams will play again at 1 p.m.

Contact sports reporter Brandon Garside at bgarside@standard.net, on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarsideSE.

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