SOFTBALL: The T-Birds dropped an in-state road game, falling to BYU 12-1 as they prepare for departure for the Summit League series in Indiananpolis. The T-Birds will match-up against IUPUI with a doubleheader on Friday, and a game on Saturday.
The Cougars hit five home runs, accounting for 10 of the 12 BYU runs. Andrea Ramirez and Caschjen Davis-Atagi each had two home runs. Jessica Purcell-Fitu, sister of Thunderbird Jenavieve Purcell, hit one homer for BYU.
The Thunderbirds managed just two hits against BYU starter Paige Affleck. Darleen Fernandez singled in the third inning. Ariel Morbeck singled in the fourth.
SUU came off its most successful series to date. The Thunderbirds were 2-1 last weekend against Centenary at home. The lone loss was a 9-8 heartbreaker in the first of the three games. Southern Utah went on to take game two 14-6, and the third game 12-3. Both wins were five-inning affairs.
Junior catcher Brittany Henderson reached base on every at-bat in the three games versus Centenary, amounting to a .857 batting average, and a .909 on-base-percentage, including a hit-less at-bat. Henderson also had four walks, a triple, a double, four runs scored, four RBIs, and was 5-for-5 in stolen bases.
BASEBALL: Southern Utah tallied seven runs on 13 hits in a game against the University of Utah on Wednesday night, but it wasn't enough as the Utes scored 15 runs on 15 hits to hand the T-Birds the 15-7 loss. The defeat drops SUU to 6-20 on the year while Utah moves to 16-10.
Southern Utah was behind early as the team surrendered three runs in the bottom of the first and five runs in the bottom of the second as Nik Gumeson and C.J. Cron went yard during the frames. Bo Cuthbertson and Marcus Romero helped the T-Birds back into the game with a pair of singles in the top of the third and later came around to score on a Utah error in the frame, making the score 8-2.
A Utah run in the bottom of the third was answered with two runs in the top of the fifth inning by SUU as Bucky Aona and Tyler Hogge tallied RBI singles to bring the score to 9-4. Southern Utah pulled to within three runs (9-6) in the top of the sixth as Cuthbertson towered a ball over the right field fence for his first home run of the season, scoring Trevor Randolph from first.
However, the Utes countered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings to build the margin to 15-6 before Joe Goldenberg recorded an RBI single to score Randolph from third after an earlier one-out triple. The run made the score 15-7 and that margin would hold through the rest of the game.
Southern Utah used a total of eight pitchers during the game with Kelsey Outram recording his first start of the season, but he suffered the loss in 2 innings where he allowed eight runs (all earned) on eight hits. Utah's Andrew Wilding notched the win in 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs (two earned) on nine hits and three walks with six strikeouts.
SUU will now turn its attention to its Summit League opener this weekend when the Thunderbirds host Centenary in a pair of doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday afternoon.