McKenna Bull sets single season win record on Senior Night

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McKenna Bull pitches against UVU Tuesday night.  She now holds the record with most wins in a single season at BYU. (Jaren Wilkey)
McKenna Bull pitches against UVU Tuesday night. Bull now holds the record with most wins in a single season at BYU. (Jaren Wilkey)

McKenna Bull passed Paige Affleck for the most victories in a BYU single season with her 33rd as the BYU softball team beat the UVU Wolverines 8-0.

Bull got off to a shaky start but settled in nicely after getting a quick ground out and two strikeouts to retire the side. Bull found her groove; the Wolverines wouldn’t reach first base the rest of the game. The double to start the game would be the only hit she would allow, as she struck out eight batters.

Head coach Gordon Eakin commented on Bull’s performance. “She’s been the cornerstone of this team. We’ve been working her really hard, and my hat’s off to her; she’s had a great season.”

BYU’s offense attacked early as Sydney Broderick gave the Cougars an early lead in the first inning by driving a long home in right center field. The three-run bomb brought Broderick to seven home runs on the year with 44 RBIs.

Coach Eakin praised Broderick and pointed out how her three-run blast impacted the game. “It was a huge home run. That home run, and getting out of the first inning, were two things that really set the tone for the rest of the game,” Eakin said.

BYU widened the gap with four additional runs in the fourth inning to make it 7-0 on an RBI single by Gordy Bravo, a two-run double by Lauren Bell and an RBI double by Mercedes O’Connor.

The Cougars ended the game with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fifth to make it 8-0. The win gives BYU a 38-10 season record.

The Cougars will face the LMU Lions for a weekend series with a double header starting Friday at noon. The second game will follow at 2 p.m., and the third game will conclude the series at noon on Saturday.

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