A softball series shutdown


Rayshaun Baker-Lynch

Mia Rushton steps up to bat for the Wildcats.

Facing Portland State University for their first home games of the season at the Wildcat Softball Field, Weber State University’s softball team won one of their three matchups against the Vikings on April 8 and 9.

Weber State started out the first game of the weekend on top, scoring twice in the first inning. Down by 1 point, the Vikings had six runs in the fourth inning, making the score 8–3.

After scoring in both the fourth and the fifth, the Wildcats were down by only one. Portland State was then able to score three runs during the top of the sixth, the last points of the game. The Vikings ended up winning 12–8.

In the second game, Weber State catcher Mika Chong got the scoring going early, hitting a home run toward the Ice Sheet. Both teams were shut out in the second inning.

Things started to pick up during the third. Viking catcher Paetynn Lopez hit an RBI single to right field to bring home infielder Olivia Dean. A single from catcher Trinity Holden then brought home catcher Bailee Noland to give Portland State a 2–1 lead.

Putting another one over the fence, Chong hit another home run with infielder McKell McCuistion on base, giving Weber State the lead back.

The fourth inning was the difference in this game. Portland State scored three unanswered runs to go up 5–3. Looking to close the gap, Chong hit another home run in the sixth inning, breaking a school record and becoming the third player in Big Sky history to hit three home runs in a game.

Able to fend off a comeback, the Vikings didn’t allow the Wildcats to score again, even bringing in a run of their own. The final score was 6–4.

Portland State started the last game of the weekend off strong, going up by one as Noland brought home Dean for an RBI. The Wildcats responded during their half of the inning as outfielder KC Whiting hit a home run to tie the game.

Outfielder Logan Riggenbach gave Portland State the lead in the third inning by bringing home Lopez on an RBI double. While Weber State failed to respond in their half of the third, pitcher Brooke Hatfield and the defense held Portland State scoreless for the rest of the game.

Up to bat in the fourth inning, infielder Sarah Ruhl hit an RBI double to bring home catcher Riley Whalen and Whiting. During the fifth, Chong singled to center field and brought home outfielder Victoria Rey for the final points of the game, solidifying the score at 4–2.

This series marked the first time since 2018 that Weber State has lost a series to a conference opponent.

The Wildcats will face the University of Utah on April 11 in Salt Lake City at Dumke Family Softball Stadium.