BYU softball extends team’s longest winning streak

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Alexa Strid gets one of the Pacific players out at second base. (Ari Davis)

The No. 20 BYU softball team maintained its perfect record in the West Coast Conference after defeating Santa Clara 19-5 in five innings in the series finale.

The Cougars reached 40 victories and extended the longest winning streak in program history to 19 games.

“Our offensive output was much better than yesterday,” said BYU coach Gordon Eakin.

BYU’s offense dominated, with Larsen Alldredge going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs while Ashley Thompson and Libby Sugg both had a team-high four RBIs.

The Cougars scored 19 runs off of 17 hits which were both season bests. The team’s total of 18 RBIs was also a season high.

BYU scored 11 runs in the top of the first inning, which was the second-most runs scored in a single inning in program history.

The Cougars continued to command the game as Brooke Vander Heide’s hit scored Tarrow in the first inning.

Alldredge then singled to left, bringing home Vander Heide for their seventh run of the night.

Thompson tripled to left center field afterward, leaving BYU with an 11-0 lead at the end of the first.

Paulson came in to pitch for BYU in the bottom of the third inning and struck out the last batter, maintaining BYU’s 11-5 lead.

BYU loaded the bases in the top of the fifth and Tarrow was walked, which brought home Ashley Godfrey.

The Broncos changed pitchers before Madison Merrell hit a double to left field, clearing the bases and extending BYU’s lead to 19-5.

BYU’s defense held Santa Clara scoreless in the bottom of the fifth to activate the run-rule and end the game.

BYU will be back home at Gail Miller Field on Monday night at 5 p.m. MDT to play Utah Valley in the UCCU Crosstown Clash.

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