Cougar softball split a Friday night doubleheader and fell short on Saturday afternoon to Loyola Marymount. The team shut out the Lions 4-0 in the first game but lost momentum, losing 4-9 and then 1-5 in the next two.
McKenna Bull started out the series with a strong performance in game one, immediately striking out the first three batters.
The Cougar offense got things going in the second inning when McKenzie St. Clair’s homer brought home Coco Bond and Alexa Strid. Strid also had a home run in the fourth inning, pushing BYU’s lead to 4-0.
“I thought we played well in the first game,” said BYU head coach Gordon Eakin. “The second game was hard.”
LMU had two home runs in the first inning that resulted in four runs in the second game.
Despite RBIs from Strid, Gordy Bravo, Libby Sugg and Ashley Thompson, the Cougs couldn’t keep up with the continuous scoring Lions and fell 4-9
Eakin said Bull’s pitching on Saturday kept the team “in the game” until the final inning, when four additional runs in the seventh inning solidified Loyola Marymount’s 5-1 victory. Bull’s strike out in the fourth inning was her two hundredth this season.
The Cougars take on Utah State on Wednesday at 6 P.M. MST at Gail Miller Field in Provo.