The Wildcats picked a perfect time for one of their cleanest, high-energy games of the season.
Junior right-hander Tatiana Su’esu’e threw a complete-game three-hitter, earning her fourth shutout of the year, as the Weber State University softball team blanked in-state rival Utah State, 2-0, to advance to the Region 2 final in the National Invitational Softball Championship at Wildcat Softball Complex.
Weber State (35-19-1) will face Boise State (32-19) at 10 a.m., on Thursday, for the Region 2 championship. The Broncos would need to defeat Weber State twice to claim the title, while the Wildcats need just one win to advance to the NISC championship round.
“Today we played a really clean, solid game,” Weber State coach Mary Kay Amicone said. “Tatiana was outstanding. I loved her focus and fire. Our defense played really well behind her, and we scored early in the game so we could settle in. Our team played with a lot of energy and it was a fun game.”
Freshman right fielder Takesha Saltern was 2-for-3 at the plate for the Wildcats, with the second of those giving her 88 hits this year. The 88 hits is a Big Sky Conference single-season record, moving her past Idaho State’s Kacie Burnett, who had set the previous record during her freshman season.
In her eighth complete game of the season, Su’esu’e allowed just three hits and one walk against four strikeouts and improved to 15-5 overall.
Senior catcher Riana Splinter walked to lead off the second inning, with senior Katelyn Robinson replacing her as a pinch runner. Senior designated player Mackenzi Corta hit a 0-2 single to right field. Senior third baseman KyRae Kogianes reached on a fielder’s choice, with a Utah State throwing error scoring Robinson and advancing Kogianes to second for a 1-0 lead.
Sophomore second baseman Sadie Blacker smacked an RBI single to center field that scored Kogianes for a 2-0 lead, and that would be all the scoring in the game for either team as Su’esu’e and the Wildcat defense settled in and carried the game to the finish line.
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.