Softball team ready to play

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    By AMBER ALBRECHT

    The BYU softball team is more than ready to begin its conference schedule.

    After trading shutout victories in a doubleheader with Santa Clara on Friday, and then loosing two to Fresno on Saturday, the softball team ends the pre-conference season with an 0-7 record against ranked opponents.

    Friday, the Cougars lost its first game to Santa Clara 1-0, before claiming a 2-0 victory in game two.

    In game one, Meghann Pricer’s second consecutive three-hit effort was not enough to combat a lack of offensive support as she picked up her fifth loss of the season and second in a row.

    The Cougars rebounded in the second game, winning 2-0, off a two-run single by outfielder Emily Fernely. Becca Erickson and Jackie Ellis each scored off the hit. Maryon Dewitt pitched the win to improve to 4-3.

    BYU remained just below .500 with an 8-9 record, while Santa Clara picked up its third win of the season at 3-20.

    Saturday, the Cougars traveled to Fresno for a doubleheader against the seventh-ranked Bulldogs.

    The Cougars were shut out in the first game 9-0, for the fourth time this season.

    First baseman Mindy Hanson managed the team’s only hit. The game was called in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.

    The mercy rule was also exercised in the second game, a 12-3 loss. The Cougars jumped to an early lead with three unearned runs in the first inning, but didn’t cross home plate again en route to the six-inning defeat.

    The Cougars will begin their first-ever season against Mountain West Conference opponents next weekend at UNLV. Needless to say, they’ll be hungry for a win.

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