Saturday , March 29, 2014 - 4:01 PM
OGDEN – Despite opening up a sizable early lead, the Wildcats came up frustratingly short on Saturday afternoon.
Behind the solid hitting of the top of the order, the Weber State University softball team charged out to a 4-1 lead after the first inning – eventually building it to 6-1 – before suffering a disheartening 10-9 defeat to Northern Colorado in Big Sky Conference action at the Wildcat Softball Complex.
Weber State fell to 1-5 in Big Sky play with its fourth straight loss, and is now 18-15 overall. Northern Colorado improved to 12-24 (3-0 Big Sky) and won its fourth straight contest.
Sophomore first baseman Krystin Kubo was 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI, one of which was a solo shot over the fence in right field.
Senior right-hander/designated player Jasmine Ioane, junior center fielder Malia Campos, and sophomore third baseman Alyson Kulp each added two hits.
UNC took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a home run, but Weber State came charging back in the bottom half of the inning as senior shortstop Brooke Silva hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Campos to make it 1-1. Ioane singled up the middle as the next batter to score Kulp. Kubo singled to center field to score Ioane and sophomore second baseman Brooke Ford single to center field to score Mylee Davis and make it 4-1.
After clearing through the Bears in the second, the Silva hit an RBI single to center field to score Campos and Ioane tripled to right field to score Silva, making it 6-1 and sending the Bears to the bullpen.
Northern Colorado grabbed two runs back in the third and fourth innings to make it 6-5, with Kubo’s solo shot in the fifth making it 7-5.
The Bears scored five runs in the top of the sixth, including a three-run shot over the fence at left center to take the 10-7 lead.
Freshman right fielder Sara Hingsberger hit an RBI single down the left field line that scored Kulp, making it 10-8, but the Wildcats lined out on the next at-bat with two runners on in scoring position.
After getting through top of the seventh quickly, Kubo reached on an error, with freshman Katelyn Robinson advancing twice on wild pitches before being scored by Janel Cunningham, who grounded out on shortstop on the play.
Campos reached to second base on an error, putting the tying run in scoring position, but the Wildcats grounded out on the final at-bat.
Weber State will be back in action on Wednesday against in-state rival Utah for a doubleheader at the Wildcat Softball Complex. The Utes are playing Pac-12 series with No. 1 UCLA this weekend in Los Angeles, Calif. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.
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