Cougars dominate Wolfpack, regular season ends,


The Nevada Wolfpack may reconsider taking on a new opponent at home after the Cougar softball team came to town for the first time and swept the three game series at Hixson Softball Park Friday and Saturday.

After a less than thrilling performance last week against UVU, the Cougars came back  ready to dominate. And dominate they did. With three consecutive wins against the Wolfpack, the BYU record rose to 40-13 overall and 15-4 in the conference. This standing guarantees them at least a No. 2 seed in next weekend’s WAC Tournament.

The Cougars beat their opponents 8-0 in five innings on Friday, and their success continued to Saturday’s first game when they won 10-0.

After breaking the WAC RBI record the day before with a home run and two resulting RBIs, senior Delaney Willard hit another home run in the third inning. Sophomore Katie Manuma answered immediately with another home run, her third in two days.

With a triple from senior Stacie Toney and a double from senior Krista Hicks, BYU sent runners home one after another with nearly continuous scoring. The Cougars ended the game in the fifth inning after six additional hits.

In the final game of the weekend, the Cougars faltered slightly from their previous performances. The Wolfpack managed to get three runs on the board before the third inning when the Cougars finally answered with a home run from sophomore Ashlee Brawley, adding two RBIs to her record and a score from Hicks.

After a single from Brawley in the fifth inning which allowed sophomore Carly Duckworth to score, the Cougars took the lead at 5-4. Sophomore Tori Almond had two strikeouts that inning.

Toney doubled in the sixth inning for two additional runs from junior Bailie Hicken and junior JC Clayton, ending the game with a final score of 7-4.

The Cougars advance to the WAC Tournament with an 11-game win streak. The tournament begins with the first round on Wednesday in Las Cruces, N.M.

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