Wildcats host Utes in final non-conference clash
Courtesy: Weber State  
Release: Tuesday 04/24/2012
Courtesy: Robert Casey
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OGDEN, Utah - The Weber State University softball team will wrap up the home portion of its 2012 schedule on Wednesday afternoon when the Wildcats host in-state rival Utah.

First pitch between the Wildcats and Utes is set for 3 p.m. at Wildcat Softball Field, with a second game to follow.

Weber State brings a 21-26 overall mark into the non-conference match-up, and is coming off a 2-2 Pacific Coast Softball Conference series split with in-state rival Utah Valley over the weekend. The Wildcats are currently in second place in the Pacific Coast (10-6), and trail league-leader Portland State by one game heading into a season-ending showdown this coming weekend in Portland, Ore.

Utah, which brings a 23-21 overall record into the doubleheader, has dropped 13 straight games, dating back to a five-inning 10-2 victory over Idaho State on March 29 in Pocatello, Idaho. All 13 games, however, have been to teams ranked in the top 19 in the nation, including three to No. 1 California in Pacific 12 play. The Utes are 23-6 in non-conference action, and are 3-1 vs. PCSC schools.

Senior third baseman/designated player Lyndsey Minnich continues to lead the Wildcats' offense, batting .433 at the plate with 58 hits, 49 RBIs and 46 runs scored. Minnich 14th in the nation in slugging percentage, 15th in on-base percentage, 16th in home runs, 23rd in batting average, 28th in RBIs, and 30th in runs scored.

As a team, Weber State is 16th in the national in slugging percentage and 27th in the county in batting average, with seven players batting .307 or better.

Senior right hander Sarah Clark is second on the team, hitting .403, and has 52 hits - the second most in school history behind Minnich's 58 - along with 30 RBIs and 28 runs scored. Clark is 16-10 on the mound in 35 appearances. She has a single-season record 145 strikeouts, and is the Wildcats' career strikeout leader.