ST. GEORGE — The Weber State women’s softball team put up a valiant fight during its first two games of the season, but came up a little short of snagging a win during opening day.
The Wildcats fell 6-0 to Loyola Marymount in the first contest, and then dropped an eighth-inning heart-breaker 2-1 to Oklahoma State in their second game of the day during the Red Desert Classic at St. George’s Canyon Complex.
Freshman third baseman Alyson Kulp led the way at the plate, hitting 3-of-6 during the two games, including two hits against the Lions.
Freshman infielders Krystin Kubo and Brooke Ford each notched hits, as did senior outfielder London Clarke.
In the opening game, the Wildcats had four hits against the Lions, but left six runners on base as they suffered a shutout in the game. After Loyola Marymount took a 1-0 lead, Weber State put the tying run on base in the second inning, and then put a potential go-ahead run on base in the second, and then again in the third, but couldn’t get them across the plate, and LMU got a three-run double from Skylar Segura that pushed the lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the third.
In the second game, sophomore right-hander Morgan Allaband threw seven shutout innings before the Oklahoma State, of the Big 12 Conference, scored in extra innings to go ahead 2-0.
The Wildcats fought back within 2-1, with Jessica Chaulkin getting an sacrifice RBI as she scored freshman Jazmine Thompson. Weber State had the tying run on base, but struck out swinging to end the game.
Weber State will be back in action today against Nevada at 1:30 p.m. and Arkansas at 4 p.m. in the Red Desert Classic.
• WSU MEN FALL TO SANTA CLARA: The WSU men suffered a 6-1 loss to Santa Clara on Thursday at the Ogden Athletic Club, , dropping the Wildcats to 1-4 on the season.
The Broncos, ranked 36th in the nation, took the doubles point for a 1-0 lead after winning the No. 1 and 2 doubles matches. The Wildcats won at No. 3 doubles, as Anthony Trabert and Ryan Garner took an 8-5 win over Eugene Muchynski and Tomasz Soltyka.
In singles, Sanjay Goswami earned the lone point for the Wildcats, pulling out a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 win.
On Wednesday, Utah State took the doubles point and managed a split in singles to hold off Weber State for a 4-3 win.
Each of the three doubles matches were extremely close. The Aggies pulled out an 8-6 win at No. 1 and an 8-7 win at No. 3 to secure the point. Weber State fought their way to a win at No. 2, as Oliver Good and Caio Poitena downed Fredrick Peterson and Sean Lovesque 8-7. Ryan Garner, Jakub Gewert and Poitena earned singles win.
• WSU WOMEN TOP IDAHO STATE: The WSU women grabbed their first win of the 2013 season in convincing fashion on Tuesday, as the ’Cats cruised to a 6-1 win over Idaho State at the Ogden Athletic Club.
Weber State jumped on its conference-rivals early, grabbing wins at No. 1 and 3 doubles to earn the opening point.
Kristi Elmer, Thais Kurer, Ashley Tanner, Annika Karlsen and Nittay Phonharath added singles wins.
The Wildcats, who improved to 1-3 on the season, will l face off against Pacific, New Mexico State, and UNLV this weekend in Las Vegas.