BYU extends winning streak; McKenna Bull’s record scoreless innings snapped

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BYU triumphed over Utah State and extended its winning streak to 21 in the last home game of the regular season.

“Our focus remains one pitch at a time, one game at a time,” said BYU coach Gordon Eakin. “That was our focus for this game as well as every other game that we play.”

BYU started off strong in the first inning as sophomore Libby Sugg rocketed the ball through the infield for a single, bringing in the first two runs of the game.

Innings two and three were scoreless for both teams but going into the third, the Aggies put in pitcher Kellie White in hopes of changing things up for Utah State.

In the top of the fourth, BYU’s defense was unstoppable as Caitlyn Alldredge and Rylee Jensen quickly got the first two outs of the inning.

McKenna Bull worked efficiently to end the top of the fourth with a strikeout.

In the bottom half of the inning, Alexa Strid was walked and later stole home to push the Cougars’ lead to 3-1.

The Cougars extended their lead in the fifth inning as Brook Vander Heide scored the team’s fourth run of the night.

BYU looked confident going into the sixth inning but was surprised as leadoff USU hitter Victoria Saucedo hit an RBI, which ended Bull’s scoreless inning streak at 57.2 innings.

During the bottom of the sixth, BYU was back on top from an offensive standpoint, before the game was interrupted by a sun delay.

The Cougars finished off the fifth with no added runs.

After a weather delay, Bull came back stronger than ever and ended the game with her ninth strikeout of the night.

“It is really working for us so far,” Sugg said. “Hopefully we can bring what we have into the postseason.”

The Cougars will play again this weekend in a three-game series at Saint Mary’s.

The series will begin with a game on Friday and end with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 13.

The Cougars will then await an invitation to the NCAA Tournament after that. The bracket will be announced on Sunday at 8 p.m. MDT.

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