OGDEN -- The Wildcats' homecoming ended in a stinging disappointment.
Taking on in-state rival Utah State on Wednesday, the Weber State softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Wildcat Softball Field, falling 2-1 and 11-3 in their first home games of the season.
Junior shortstop Brooke Silva, junior third baseman Desiree Mejia and freshman left fielder Rudi Barrios each had two hits during the afternoon, but the Wildcats weren't able to sustain a consistent presence at the plate as they finished with just seven total hits in the two games.
In the opening game, Utah State scored twice in the top of the third and then held off the Wildcats, who left four runners on base in the final two innings - including a potential tying run on third base in the sixth.
WSU scored its lone run of the game on a throwing error by the Aggies that allowed freshman pinch runner Jessica Chaulkin to score from third base.
USU gained momentum from starting pitcher Mandy Harmon, as the senior delivered a complete-game and allowed only two hits from the circle to lead the Aggies their first win of the season.
USU's offense jumped to the aid of Harmon as it built an early lead by putting together three hits to score two runs in the top of the third. Junior infielder Allison Lenzora started the action in the third by drawing a one out walk, which was followed with a double by sophomore Amburlyn Orozco to left center field to put two runners in scoring position.
In the second game, the Aggies came out swinging and scored four runs on four hits in the top of the first to take an 4-0 lead. USU led 8-0 in the third before the Wildcats pulled one back on Barrios' sacrifice fly to center field that allowed redshirt freshman Kyralyn Kawasaki to score.
The Aggies went back ahead by eight runs in the fifth inning, taking a 9-1 lead, and had the Wildcats down to their final out before Silva hit a double that scored Chaulkin from second base, keeping WSU alive.
The Wildcats made it 9-3 in the sixth after Alyson Kulp's sacrifice fly to left field scored freshman pinch runner Brooke Ford, but that's as close as WSU would get as the Aggies scored twice more in the top of the seventh and then quickly got the final three outs to end the game.
USU tallied 13 hits in the game, three of which were triples, two from sophomore outfielder Hailey Froton and one from junior infielder Becca Walker.
The Aggies' 11 runs were the most scored in a game since scoring 11 against Western Athletic Conference foe Louisiana Tech on May 7, 2011. It was also its second year in a row beating the Wildcats by a large run deficit.
The Aggies defeated WSU, 10-3, April 11, 2012 in Logan. It is USU's largest margin of victory since blasting Long Beach State, 10-1, on March 2, 2012.
Weber State will return to action on March 22 when the Wildcats host North Dakota in their Big Sky Conference opener at Wildcat Softball Field, kicking off the 18-game league season.