Weber State softball has claimed all four of its Big Sky Conference series to move to 9-1, but lost Saturday’s series finale at Idaho State to stop a 10-game win streak, which ties the program’s all-time record for consecutive wins.
WSU is two games ahead of Sacramento State in the loss column with two series left. The Wildcats host Montana on April 19-20 and visit Portland State on May 3-4 to close conference play.
The Big Sky Tournament is scheduled to begin May 8 in Sacramento because Sacramento State won last year’s regular season title.
GAME 1: JENSEN KEEPS COOKING
Weber State won Friday’s first game 5-0 as senior pitcher Addie Jensen kept her hot streak alive from last week’s sweep of Southern Utah.
Jensen threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout, striking out nine while walking only one. That gave Jensen 22 1/3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, stretching back to the game that began the 10-game win streak in which she put three University of Utah batters down in order in the fifth inning of a 5-1 win on March 27.
It also gave Jensen three wins and one save in her last four appearances.
Chloe Camarero and Faith Hoe each homered in the fourth inning to give WSU a 3-0 lead. In the fifth, Camarero singled in Takesha Saltern and Ashlyn Visser singled in Landi Hawker for the final tally.
GAME 2: DONALDSON ROLLS, TOO
Kate Donaldson kept Jensen’s momentum rolling in Friday’s second game, allowing zero earned runs in five innings of a 9-1 WSU victory.
Donaldson and Jensen allowed only two hits in 12 innings Friday.
Camarero drove in three runs in this contest, giving her five for the day. The top of the order — Saltern, Hawker and Camarero — each totaled two hits and scored two runs.
Faith Hoe added a two-RBI double in a five-run first that quickly put the Wildcats in control.
GAME 3: ‘CATS WALKED OFF IN 9
Jensen threw eight innings in Saturday’s series finale but the magic ran out as she allowed six earned runs and eight hits.
The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Faith Hoe hit a solo homer and Saltern followed with a three-run dinger to put WSU up 4-0.
Jensen’s streak of not allowing an earned run reached 26 2/3 innings before ISU pushed across a run in the fifth inning.
Idaho State scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to send it to extra innings.
Jensen got it to the ninth inning but put two runners on. Donaldson took over but the Bengals handed WSU its first conference loss when Danni Ryan hit a three-run homer to end the game 7-4.