CEDAR CITY -- The Wildcats' bats cooled down a little, as the Weber State softball team lost two out of three games against in-state rival Southern Utah on Saturday and Sunday.
Weber State (4-9) earned a 6-3 victory in the day's first contest, and then took a 13-4, five-inning defeat in the second matchup at Kathryn Berg Field.
Senior Lyndsey Minnich had five RBIs on two hits across the two games, including three on a seventh-inning home run in the first game. Freshman Janel Cunningham had a solo home run and two hits in the first contest. In all, the Wildcats finished the day with 16 hits and just one error.
In the first game, the Wildcats and Thunderbirds (6-7) traded runs until the seventh inning, with the contest knotted up at 2-2. Minnich's three-run shot made it 5-2 and then Cunningham's blast over the center field fence made it 6-2. SUU loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with no outs, and closed it to 6-3 on a short single to left field, but the Wildcats tagged the runner out at third base and then closed the game out after a foul out and a ground out to second.
Cunningham and Ashley Huddleston each recorded multiple hits in the game, and senior Sarah Clark picked up her third win of the season.
In the second game, Southern Utah exploded early and stormed out to a 12-0 lead after two innings.
Weber State scored twice in the third and twice in the fifth, but was unable to put a dent in the Thunderbirds' lead.
Seniors Erika Dixon and Symbree Minniear each recorded two hits in game, with Dixon and Brooke Silva each recording a double.
On Sunday, the Wildcats cranked out 11 hits, but still fell to the Thunderbirds 8-6.
Dixon was 3-of-4 with three runs scored, while Minnich notched two hits, including a three-run shot over the left field fence as the Wildcats tried to rally in the seventh inning. Minniear and Silva each added two hits for the Wildcats.
Trailing 8-3 after the sixth inning, Dixon and Minniear hit back-to-back singles to set up Minnich's homer, cutting it to two runs, but that's as close as the Wildcats would get.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday at the Colorado State Classic in Fort Collins, Colo., where they will face Northern Iowa, St. Mary's, and the host Rams for the five-game, three-day tournament.