Cougars push winning streak to 16 with victory over Grand Canyon

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McKenna Bull pitches against Grand Canyon University. Bull extended her record of consecutive scoreless innings pitched to 43.2.

The No. 20 BYU softball team defeated the Grand Canyon Slopes 6-0 on Wednesday night at Gale Miller Park.

The win extended the team’s winning streak to 16, which ties the record set in 2014 for consecutive wins.

“We are a confident team right now and I thought that’s how we played from the first inning on,” said BYU coach Gordon Eakin.

The cougars played a calm and mature game behind senior pitcher McKenna Bull. Bull only gave up two hits while the offense produced six runs.

The win was Bull’s 102nd career victory and she extended her streak of consecutive scoreless innings pitched to 43.2, which is a BYU record.

The cougars started off strong with a home run in the second inning by Libby Sugg, but then came to an impasse with two consecutive scoreless innings.

The Cougars reasserted their dominance in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single from Briielle Breland, who transferred to BYU from Grand Canyon last year.

“This was going to be one of our harder games in the last half of the year,” Breland said. “We were pretty excited going into it knowing they were a good team.”

Breland led BYU in hitting tonight, going 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth. The home run extended the Cougars lead to 6-0.

BYU is close to clinching the WCC title and will continue their quest for a third-consecutive conference championship with a three-game series at Santa Clara beginning on May 5. The Cougars will then return home for two non-conference games early next week.

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