The Cougars won both their games in a doubleheader against the College of Southern Idaho and in-state rival Weber State.
In the first game of their fall schedule, the Cougars completely dismantled the Golden Eagles with a final score of 15–2.
“With our first game of the fall, I was overall pleased with our effort,” said coach Gordon Eakin. “Certainly the hitting was there. We scored 15 runs in six innings.”
During the first inning, Gordy Bravo reached first base on an error, then scored on a fielder’s choice. Carly Duckworth also scored after Megan Arnold hit a double to right center.
In the second inning, Karli Lehr and Sydney Broderick scored after Gordy Bravo hit a double to right center. Bravo scored later in the inning following a single from Lauren Bell. This put the Cougars up 5–0.
Coco Taualii, a sophomore for the Cougars, struck out during her first time at bat. She later rebounded by hammering a grand slam in the fourth inning. The score jumped to 11–1 for the Cougars.
“I kinda started out slow. I just relaxed, and I got the pitch that I wanted,” Taualii said.
“She hit the ball well every time she was up. She’s come back ready to play, and I’m impressed,” Eakin said.
The Cougars played phenomenally and ended up scoring 10 runs in the fourth inning. The team finished the game with 14 hits and 15 RBIs.
McKenna Bull, a freshman, helped pitch a shutout win over Weber state with a final score of 8–0.
“It was my first game ever pitching in college,” Bull said, “so it was really exciting and I just wanted to go out there and show them what I could do.”
It was a tough battle for the first couple of scoreless innings, but the Cougars came alive in the fourth inning.
Katie Manuma, who had struggled in the first game, felt that she was being too impatient, but while up to bat in the fourth, she hit a three-run home run, which put the Cougars up 3–0.
Later in the fourth, Taualii decided she wasn’t done having fun for the night and smacked a three-run homer of her own.
“I was just trying to make contact and drive in the runs,” she said.
The Cougars finished the fourth inning 6–0, and they would later score two more runs in the sixth.
With these two games out of the way, the team will continue to practice and prepare to play Utah Valley. The Wolverines will face the Cougars at home on Oct. 8.