Though it ended anticlimactically with a rare loss, Weber State softball completed the 2019 Big Sky regular season with the best conference mark in program history and best in the conference in at least seven years by taking two of three games in a series at Portland State.
Weber State finished 23-19 overall and 14-2 in conference, claiming the Big Sky’s regular-season title by 4.5 games and entering next week’s conference tournament with the No. 1 seed.
The Wildcats’ .875 conference winning percentage is the best mark at the school since the program began NCAA-sanctioned Division I play in 2010. It’s also the best conference record since at least 2013, which is the earliest season of conference standings listed on the Big Sky’s website.
Weber begins the conference tournament Wednesday afternoon, May 8, in Sacramento by playing the winner of a game played earlier that morning.
GAME 1: WSU 7, PSU 5
Weber State scored four runs in the top of the seventh on a bases-loaded walk from Chloe Camarero and a bases-loaded single from Ashlyn Visser, which proved to be key when Portland State hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to make things interesting before WSU wrapped up a Game 1 win Friday.
Tatiana Su’esu’e picked up the win in the circle by giving up two runs in three innings.
GAME 2: WSU 17, PSU 1
The Wildcats used a nine-run fourth inning to blow out the Vikings in a five-inning Game 2 on Friday. Ashlyn Visser hit 4 for 5 with three doubles and five RBIs to lead a hit barrage that saw WSU go 19 for 33 (.576) at the plate.
Kate Donaldson earned the win, giving up six hits and one run in five innings.
GAME 3: PSU 5, WSU 2
Weber got down 5-0 after two innings in Saturday’s series finale and couldn’t recover, losing its first conference game in regulation this season.
Courtney Pestka hit 2 for 3 with a double. Tatiana Su’esu’e gave up the five runs in a start of 1 2/3 innings.