BYU softball loses 8-game win streak in loss to SUU

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Natalie Bothwell
BYU’s Lauren Bell at bat earlier this season. Bell drove in one run in the Cougars’ loss to SUU. (Natalie Saunders)

The Cougars fell 6-5 at Southern Utah on Tuesday in Cedar City despite four RBI’s from Ashley Thompson. The loss snaps their eight-game winning streak.

“Every time you step on the field, in practice or in games, effort and excellence need to matter,” said BYU head coach Gordon Eakin. “We have a couple of position players that have been carrying this team lately. It’s time for the rest of us to step up. The cold hard fact is that if we don’t, summer break is not far away.”

While both teams did not score for the first three innings, BYU loaded up the bases in the top of the fourth. With Bell up to bat, she hit Coco Tauali’i Bond in to put the score at 1-0. Thompson was up to bat next and hit a three-run homer, her eleventh of the season. The blast put BYU up 4-0.

It didn’t take long for the Thunderbirds to answer. They put up four runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Although BYU scored one more run in the sixth inning, the Thunderbirds scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to put them in the lead.

The Cougars were unable to come back in the seventh and were defeated 6-5.

BYU will host Santa Clara this weekend – their final home games of the season. Game one is Friday and 6 p.m. MDT and a doubleheader will be played on Saturday, with games scheduled for 12 p.m. MDT and 2 p.m. MDT.

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