BYU women’s softball finishes DeMarini Classic with 4-1 record

Ari Davis
McKenna Bull gears up to pitch for BYU at home last season. The Cougars walked away with a 4-1 record this weekend in Las Vegas. (Ari Davis)

The Cougars had a great weekend in Las Vegas, walking away with four wins and one loss in the DeMarini Classic.

Pitcher McKenna Bull continued to shine, posting 17 strikeouts and just four walks on the final day of the tournament.

Starting out strong Thursday night with a 9-1 victory over the University of Hawaii, BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said the team played well in “all three facets of the game: pitching, defense and offense.”

Bull’s pitched well in the game, striking out nine and walking just four. Caitlyn Larsen hit two home runs and had four RBI.

BYU continued dominating on Friday, shutting out both Grand Canyon (4-0) and Boise State (8-0). The team had a total of 12 hits between the two games. Eakin attributed the win to an “excellent job” from the coaching staff, in addition to team preparation.

“Our pitchers did an outstanding job today with two shutouts,” said BYU pitching coach Pete Meredith. “We have four shutouts in eight games. Our defense played well and we had timely hits. I’m proud of our effort.”

Freshman Olivia Sanchez started in the pitching circle for the second time in her career, with four strikeouts and allowed only one hit and earned the win.

Saturday brought the first Cougar loss of the weekend, falling 10-6 to Colorado State. The team rebounded nicely, defeating Robert Morris 7-2.

“We played uninspired softball today, which is disappointing on the heels on two good days,” said Eakin said. “We just went through the motions today.”

Freshman Libby Sugg hit two home runs against Robert Morris, leading the offense with four RBI on Saturday.

Next weekend the Cougars travel to Cathedral City, California for the Mary Nutter Classic. Live stats and live streaming will be available on the schedule page.

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