RIVERSIDE, Calif. - After having a weekend off, the Weber State University women's softball team resumes its 2013 season this weekend when the Wildcats head to the Amy S. Harrison Classic, hosted by the University of California at Riverside.
Weber State (0-5) will face four games during the three-day tournament, beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday against Boise State. The Wildcats will face San Diego at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, and then will take on the host Highlanders at 3 p.m. on Saturday, before wrapping up the tournament with a second meeting with UC Riverside at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Weber State has not played since Feb. 10, when the Wildcats took part in the Red Desert Classic in St. George.
"Sometimes you just have to play in order to see how you're going to react to things," sophomore right-hander Morgan Allaband said. "We had some jitters (during the first weekend), but I felt like we started putting things together. We played pretty good defensively, we just struggled hitting, and we've been working on that
"I'm excited for this weekend; I think we'll be more ready to go now that we've played a few games. It will be good to see what we can do."
Freshman infielder Alyson Kulp got her collegiate career off to a hot start, going 6-for-17 at the plate, with three runs scored. Kulp hit .353 during the opening five games.
Senior outfielder London Clarke hit .231 with three hits, including a double and an RBI.
After being forced to use just two pitchers during the three-day Red Desert Classic, the Wildcats will see get a little more reinforcements this week with junior right-hander Kylee Colvin set to make her Purple and White debut after missing the opening tournament due to illness.
The Wildcats come into their second tournament of the year seeking to make quicker adjustments and more consistency.
Weber State didn't capture a win, but had opportunities to break through in all five games, but was ultimately undone by critical mistakes at key times. With two more weeks of practice time and hard work, the Wildcats are eager to see how much they've improved.
"I think we'll be more mentally ready this weekend," Weber State coach Tina Johnson said. "(During the first tournament) we had situations where we didn't always react. I think we have a better understanding now and will be ready to play.
"(Having Colvin back) gives us even more options and makes us a lot deeper (on the mound.)"
Boise State comes into the weekend at 4-6 overall after going 2-3 at the UTSA Classic in San Antonio over the weekend.
San Diego is 3-4 overall after going 2-3 last weekend at the UC Santa Barbara tournament, which included two one-run losses to the host Gauchos.
Host UC Riverside is 2-7 overall, having dropped six straight since a 2-1 win over Sacramento State on Feb. 9. Three of those losses, however, were to No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 18 Washington, and No. 22 Kentucky.