OGDEN, Utah - The Southern Utah softball team wrapped up their three-game series with the Weber State Wildcats Sunday afternoon in Ogden. Despite a solid pitching from junior Hanna Wynn, the Thunderbirds were not able to avoid the series sweep, falling to the Wildcats 3-0.
The Wildcats got on the board first in this one as senior Sara Hingsberger hit a two-run home run just three batters into the game, making it 2-0 early. Wynn really settled in after the home run, allowing just one run over her next 5.2 innings of work. The junior did her best to keep the Thunderbirds in the game, but the bats just weren't able to get going against WSU's pitching duo of Su'esu'e and Bohling.
Weber State picked up their only other run of the game in the third inning when Hingsberger hit a double and was brought home to score on the next play.
The Thunderbirds had just five hits in the game. Senior Karlee Manzione was the only Thunderbird with multiple hits, finishing two for three with two singles. Sophomore Nicole Simonson extended her current hitting streak to eleven games with a one-out single in the first inning of play. Her streak dates back to April 8th when the Thunderbirds were in Hillsboro, Oregon for a three-game series with the Portland State Vikings.
Southern Utah now sits at 9-9 in Big Sky play and despite the sweep, still hold onto third place in the conference standings. With just three games remaining in the regular season, the Thunderbirds will not be able to move up in the standings, but can guarantee themselves a No. 3 seed in the Big Sky Conference Championship Tournament with two more wins.
The Thunderbirds will travel to Grand Forks, North Dakota next weekend for a three-game series with the Fighting Hawks of North Dakota. This will be their final series of the regular season.
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