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Weber State downs Montana 2-1 in eight innings

Chloe Camarero hits one deep against Montana. WSU defeated Montana 2-1 Saturday afternoon in eight innings, thanks to Camarero's walk-off home run.
Chloe Camarero hits one deep against Montana. WSU defeated Montana 2-1 Saturday afternoon in eight innings, thanks to Camarero's walk-off home run.
Robert Casey

OGDEN — Chloe Camarero’s walk-off home run helped Weber State to a three-game series sweep over the University of Montana Saturday afternoon. WSU defeated the Griz 2-1 in eight innings.

How it happened: It didn’t take the Wildcats long to get on the board. In the bottom of the second, Ashlyn Visser started things off with a single through the left side. Later, Sadie Blacker hit a shot at Montana’s shortstop and was able to get on base, scoring Visser for an RBI to give Weber State a 1-0 lead.

The third, fourth and fifth innings went scoreless for both teams. However, in the top of the sixth Montana found a little momentum and tied the game up at 1-1.

Weber State couldn’t answer in the bottom of the sixth or seventh and the game went into extra innings.

The eighth inning was where the action happened. In the top of the eighth, Courtney Pestka started the inning by tracking down a ball in left field for the first out. Montana’s second batter of the inning got on with a single to center field.

The next batter hit a line drive to Weber State’s Faith Hoe on second base. Hoe caught the ball and threw it to Visser on first for a double play to end the inning.

Camarero led off for the Wildcats in the bottom of the eighth. In the first game of the Montana series, Camarero started it all off with a home run to left field. In the bottom of the eighth, in the final game of the series, Camarero ended it with a walk-off home run deep over center field.

As the game concluded WSU came away with a 2-1 victory and a three-game sweep.

At the plate: Weber State finished the game with two runs, seven hits and two RBIs. Weber State drew one walk, had four strikeouts and left seven on base. All but two batters for the Wildcats had a hit in the game.

In the circle: Tatiana Su’esu’e started in the circle for the Wildcats and pitched six complete innings. She gave up five hits, one run and one walk. She also had two strikeouts.

Addie Jensen closed out the game for WSU, pitching the final two innings. She gave up just one hit but had two strikeouts in the six batters faced.

In the field: WSU had 24 putouts and 14 assists. Visser had 12 putouts while Hoe led the team with five assists.

Stats to Know: Weber State is now 20-18 overall on the season and sits at 12-1 in Big Sky action. Weber State has finished the home season with just one loss and sits at a 9-1 record at Wildcat Softball Field on the season. WSU has clinched a spot in the Big Sky tournament is are still in the fight for the No. 1 seed.

Up Next: Weber State heads to the University of Utah for a head-to-head battle against the Utes on April 23 before a bye weekend in Big Sky action. WSU has one more in-state game against Utah Valley before the regular season concludes against Portland State May 3-4.