BYU softball splits doubleheader against SUU

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The team huddles around the circle before a play. (Universe Archive)

Cougar softball took on Southern Utah Tuesday night at home, falling 6-5 in extra innings then winning 14-6 in the second game of the night.

In the first game, BYU got off to a slow start, finding themselves at a 0-5 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Lauren Bell’s single got BYU on base, then singles from Libby Sugg and Madison Merrell got Bell home, putting the Cougs on the scoreboard.

Alexa Strid walked then consecutive doubles brought home Merrell and Sugg. Coco Bond’s double brought home Caitlyn Larsen  and Strid to tie up the game at 5-5.

The Thunderbirds scored in the tiebreak eighth inning but the Cougars were unable to make the needed plays for the win.

In the second game of the night, BYU led all five innings and Thompson led the team with a season-high four RBI on two hits.

“It’s nice to come back and score 19 runs in seven innings, so that’s a positive thing going into the weekend,” BYU head coach Gordon Eakin. “We just need to clean up our pitching and not wait so long to get started.”

In the fifth inning, McKenzie St. Clair’s home run plus three other runs secured the win at 14-6 due to the run rule.

The Cougars take on Loyola Marymount in a double header on Friday, April 8th at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. MDT.

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