Weber State softball claims series at Montana; UND series moved to Ogden

Saturday , April 07, 2018 - 4:40 PM

After claiming both games of a doubleheader Friday, Weber State softball looked to complete a road series sweep at Montana on Saturday.

But their efforts were cut short in a 5-3 loss in a game controversially called due to rain while Weber State batted.

A wild pitch in the top of the sixth gave Weber State a runner on third with no outs in the top of the sixth inning. But umpires ended the game, which stands as a complete result after five innings were completed.

WSU head coach Mary Kay Amicone argued with the umpires against the call and spoke at length with Grizzlies’ head coach Melanie Meuchel during and after the two teams shook hands.

Weber State led 3-2 midway through the fourth, but Montana took advantage of two errors to score three runs in the bottom of inning take their first lead of the weekend.

An RBI single from senior Delene Colburn that brought in senior McKenzie Phillips tied the game. Wildcat freshman Kate Donaldson was sent in to relieve starting pitcher Tatiana Su’esu’e, but her first pitch was hit out of the park by senior Ashlyn Lyons for a two-run homer.

All three runs were scored with two outs.

The Wildcats left six runners on base, including not scoring after loading the bases with one out in the first inning.

WEBER STATE 3, MONTANA 0

In a defensive battle, freshman Ali Belloc got it done for the Wildcats with three RBIs in the first game Friday. With two on and two outs in the top of the second, Belloc singled to right field, bringing in Sadie Blacker and McKinley Brinkerhoff for a 2-0 lead.

The bats went quiet and the defense bent but never broke. Belloc tacked on an insurance run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh to bring home freshman Chloe Camarero.

Senior pitcher Kirtlyn Bohling earned the win with six strikeouts, giving up three hits. The Griz left six runners on base.

WEBER STATE 11, MONTANA 5

A three-run homer from senior Molly Horne in the top of the third fueled a high-octane offense to give WSU a game-two win Friday.

That homer gave the Wildcats a 6-0 lead. The Griz took advantage of three errors in the bottom of the same inning to score four runs, but that’s as close as it would get.

Sophomore Sydney White put the last nail in the coffin with a two-run shot to left field for the 10th and 11th WSU runs.

Weber State totaled 13 hits and scored more runs against Montana than any team this season.

UND SERIES MOVED TO OGDEN

Weber State’s next conference series was originally scheduled for April 14-15 at North Dakota, but due to continued poor field conditions in Grand Forks, the series has been moved to Ogden and moved up to April 10-11.

Weber State’s scheduled game at Utah for April 11 will be rescheduled.

North Dakota will play the series as the home team. A doubleheader Tuesday, April 10, begins at 2 p.m., with game three scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 11.

All three games at Wildcat Softball Field will have free admission. North Dakota is already in Utah after playing a series at Southern Utah this weekend.

Contact sports reporter Brandon Garside at bgarside@standard.net, on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarsideSE.

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