The Wildcats are looking forward to the opportunity to make some postseason noise.
Despite the disappointment of coming up just short in its quest for a third-consecutive Big Sky Conference tournament title, the Weber State University softball team will continue its season in the National Invitational Softball Championship, presented by Triple Crown Sports, where the Wildcats are hosting one of six three-day regionals.
Weber State (33-19-1) opens up the NISC against Boise State (30-18) at 4 p.m., while Utah State (32-16) and San Diego (22-22) square off at 1 p.m.
The Wildcats and Broncos are meeting for the third time this season, with Boise State claiming a 7-1 neutral site win in Henderson, Nevada, on Feb. 17, and Weber State winning 6-5 in the final game of the SpringHill Suites Classic, hosted by the Broncos at Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho, on March 5. It will be the 14th all-time meeting between the teams, with Boise State leading the series, 9-4.
Weber State is making its third-straight postseason appearance after advancing to the Louisiana Regional in 2015 and the Washington Regional in 2016 after claiming the Big Sky's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament both years.
This is the first year of the NISC, which features 26 teams spread across six double-elimination regionals. The other regional sites are Stockton, California; Normal, Illinois; Beaumont, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; and Lynchburg, Virginia. The six region winners will advance to a six-team championship round.
Freshman right fielder Takesha Saltern continues to lead the Wildcats in batting average at .467, which ranks No. 4 nationally, while she has 85 hits, which ranks No. 3 nationally. Of those 85 hits, nine are triples, which ranks No. 2 nationally. Those big numbers are a large part of why Saltern is one of the top-10 finalists for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year. Saltern's 85 hits is a single-season record at Weber State, while her batting average is currently on pace to set a single-season record. Her nine triples are a Weber State individual career record.
Saltern, junior right-hander Kirtlyn Bohling (19-12, 2.56 ERA) and senior first baseman Sara Hingsberger (.337, 56 hits, 48 RBIs) were named First Team All-Big Sky Conference and were named to the All-Big Sky Tournament team after helping the Wildcats to a second-place finish.
Justin Johnson is an Athletic Communications Assistant at Weber State University. For more information about Weber State University athletics, please visit: http://www.weberstatesports.com.