The Weber State University softball team put on an offensive clinic last weekend at the SpringHill Suites Invitational. The Wildcats won four games and lost only one on a Utah State University come-from-behind win.
The Wildcats scored in bunches and often throughout the weekend. They tallied a total of 46 runs during their five-game schedule.
“We had a really nice weekend offensively,” said WSU head coach Mary Kay Amicone in a statement. “We scored a lot of points in a lot of different ways.”
The Wildcats saw a major power surge as they knocked 10 home runs over the weekend.
Hitting home runs is not an easy task, and when they happen, the feeling is surreal, according to sophomore left fielder Katelyn Robinson.
“A lot of times, you hit a ball so perfectly that it doesn’t even feel like you hit it at all,” Robinson said. “ When you’re rounding third base and you see your teammates surrounding home plate waiting, you can just see how genuinely excited they are for you and—it sounds cheesy—but that is literally a quick moment of pure happiness.”
The team experienced some struggles in their loss to USU, when the Aggies overcame a three-run deficit in a single inning to get the win. The Wildcats suffered a similar loss earlier this year with the University of Kansas, but senior first baseman Krystin Kubo is not worried.
“I’m not worried at all. As a team, we just need to put together timely hits, and that’s how we are going to score more runs and put games out of reach,” Kubo said. “We know what we have to do, and I’m positive we will figure out ways to do so.”
After this weekend, the team has improved to a 12 win and eight loss record, similar to the record the team started with last year, but the season ended up being disappointing. Junior third baseman Alyson Kulp is confident that this year’s team is different, and the season will not be the same as last year.
“I believe that, as a team, we have a lot of chemistry, and we gel well together,” Kulp said. “The most important thing that will keep us going into the season is by working the process. We need to keep doing what we are doing at the plate and on defense, trusting the coaches and the process they have taught us to be successful.”
On Wednesday the team traveled to orem to play a double header against Utah Valley University where they wont both games handily, moving up to an 19-10 overall record from their non conference schedule.
The Wildcats first home game and the beginning of conference play is March 20 against the University of North Dakota. They will play a double header on Friday at 2 pm with a second game to follow at 4 pm. they will play a third match on saturday at noon.