Softball rallies, sweeps Portland State

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Sophomore Sara Hingsberger hits her fourth home run of the season on Saturday. Hingsberger would go on to score the game winning run in the seventh inning.
(Ariana Berkemeier / The Signpost)

After falling behind 5-0 early on Saturday, the Weber State University softball team was able to rally and come back to win 7-6 in extra innings against Portland State University.

“What more can I say about these girls except they know how to win,” said coach Mary Kay Amicone. “Even when the odds are stacked against them, they were able to pull it together and win.”

The win on Saturday was the third in the most recent series against Portland State, giving the Wildcats the weekend sweep against the Vikings. The sweep against Portland State  marked the second week in a row the Wildcats swept their weekend series.

The bats of Portland State got hot early, and they quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning. They extended that lead to five after positive play and solid batting in the top of the fourth inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Wildcats started the rally when sophomore right fielder Sarah Hingsberger knocked her first pitch out of the park for a two-run home run to make the score 5-2.

“When I stepped up to that plate, I did all that I could to stay calm and just clear my mind,” said Hingsberger. “Going into that play I told myself and my teammates, we’re going to win this game. That positive energy helped to start a fire in all of us to win it all.”

The Wildcats continued to have positive play at bat for the next few innings, with several players scoring. After six innings had passed the score was tied at 6-6.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Wildcats were able to load the bases with Hingsberger in scoring position on third and only one out. Freshman McKinley Brinkerhoff sent a sacrifice fly ball to right field and Hingsberger was able to walk-off to get the game-winning run.

Freshman pitcher Kirtlyn Bohling pitched for the majority of the game, closing out for the team and allowing four hits and only one run.

“I thank my team for having my back all through out the end of this game,” said Bohling. “I was a little bit nervous as I started, but then one of my teammates let me know that they all had my back and I just dug down and got it done.”

The Wildcats are now 25-11 on the season (6-0 Big Sky) and are off to their best start since the program was reinstated in 2010. They are undefeated in Big Sky play and are tied for first in league standings.

“We had some tough games that we have played, but were are constantly looking to get better each game,” said coach Amicone. “We have grown so much and have made major strides, and this season is looking to be amazing.”

The team will go on the road to face off in a key conference showdown against Idaho State University this weekend. Following that the team will host their next home series April 10 and 11 against in-state rival Southern Utah.

Charles can be found tweeting @cbowkstar_91 or cheering on Weber State