The Weber State University softball team opened up its season over the weekend in St. George, Utah, taking part in the Red Desert Classic.
The Wildcats failed to win a game over the weekend, dropping five games against teams from across the country.
Head coach Tina Johnson said she is still confident of the upcoming season, despite the tough start.
“We don’t feel discouraged about the games this weekend,” Johnson said. “We’re disappointed that we weren’t consistent enough to get that first win. It’s the first weekend of a very long season. The most important thing is to learn from these games and move on to our next game.”
WSU opened up its season on Friday against Loyola Marymount University. The Wildcats were blown out, losing the first game 6-0. WSU bounced back in its second game and saw an improved performance, but still wasn’t able to come away with the win, losing to Oklahoma State University 2-1 in extra innings.
Against OSU, sophomore pitcher Morgan Allaband pitched seven shutout innings before the Cowgirls scored two runs in extra innings. WSU managed to come up with one run in its half of the eighth inning, but couldn’t tie the game.
Following the loss to OSU, the Wildcats were much better from the plate in the next game. Next up was the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It was a high-scoring game, with the Wolf Pack taking a 13-7 win. Freshman third baseman Alyson Kulp led WSU at the plate with three hits.
Desiree Mejia had two hits for WSU, including a double to deep right field. Janel Cunningham also finished the game with two hits and scored two runs.
WSU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over UNLV. The rest of the game was back and forth, with each team scoring in flurries.
The Wildcats took a 7-5 lead into the sixth inning, but a costly error gave the Wolf Pack a lifeline in an inning where it went on to score four runs and secure the win.
Next up for WSU was the University of Arkansas. The Razorbacks were too much for the Wildcats, cruising to a 10-2 win. UA hit two home runs in the game, the second of which scored three runs for the Razorbacks.
The final game for the Wildcats came against Seattle University on Sunday. WSU was held scoreless against its former Pacific Coast Conference rival, falling 5-0.
After SU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, the Wildcats responded by loading the bases in the bottom half of the inning, but came up short in moving the runners across the plate.
The Redhawks made it 2-0 in the third, and then doubled up the lead in the fourth to make it 4-0 before bringing in a run in the sixth inning to wrap up the game.
Johnson said the team’s youth showed over the weekend.
“A lot of the mistakes that we made came at key times, which magnified their importance,” Johnson said. “We had a lot of players that got their first college playing experience this weekend, and now they know how important it is to focus on every play and every at-bat.”
Now WSU will have some time off before its next game on Feb. 22 against Boise State University at the University of California, Riverside Invitational. Johnson said the team will continue to work on improving and getting ready for the rest of the season.
“We saw some good things from our players this weekend,” Johnson said. “We had some stretches where we put things together, but we also made some key mistakes at critical times during each game. Our focus will be making adjustments quicker and becoming a more consistent team.”