College softball: Bruins blank Utes; Y. blanks Bulldogs

Published: Friday, April 20 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

LOS ANGELES — All three members of the Utah (23-19, 0-13 Pac-12) pitching staff combined for a solid performance, but the Utes lost to No. 15 UCLA, 5-0, on Friday night.

In her fourth start, freshman Mariah Ramirez (2-3) allowed only one earned run on two hits through four innings.

BYU 5, LOUISIANA TECH 0: At Ruston, La., playing in her home state for the first time as a Cougar, junior pitcher Hannah Howell threw a one-hitter in arguably the best performance of her career to lead the BYU softball team over Louisiana Tech 5-0 on Friday.

The win gave BYU head coach Gordon Eakin his 400th career win. Eakin, whose 27th wedding anniversary was also Friday, is now 400-172 (.699) in his 10-year career.

Senior Jessica Dugas led BYU (29-12, 8-3 WAC) at the plate, going 3 for 3 with three runs, two walks and an RBI.

Howell, who struck out one and gave up three walks, got help from a strong defense in taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up a single. The Techster on first then promptly got out on the following at bat after BYU turned a double play. Howell's record goes to 14-7.

The BYU offense scratched out runs throughout the game. Delaney Willard's sacrifice fly scored the game's first run in the first inning before a single from Willard resulted in two more runs in the third.

Dugas had an RBI single in the fourth and Katie Manuma added a sac fly to bring in Dugas in the sixth to round out the BYU scoring.

Weather permitting, BYU will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. CT.

SAN JOSE STATE 11-9, UTAH STATE 2-1: At Logan, the Spartans (25-20, 8-4) started the day off with a bang, as lead-off hitter Markesha Collins belted a homer, giving the visiting team its first lead of the day. SJSU opened the top of the second inning in the same fashion, as Cheryl Freitas led off the second with another solo-shot to put the Spartans up 2-0 heading into the bottom of the frame.

The Spartans put the game out of reach with six more runs in the top of the fourth inning, pushing their lead out to 8-0.

Freshman outfielder Hailey Froton looked to rally Utah State (14-30, 2-12 WAC) as she delivered a two-out line drive solo home run over the center field fence to put the home team on the board. It was Froton's fourth long ball of the season and her third hit within the friendly confines of LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Field.

San Jose State plated three more runs in the top of the seventh, pushing its run total to 11 in the opening game of the series.

USU added another run in the bottom of the seventh inning as sophomore catcher Samantha Miller knocked an RBI single, scoring freshman infielder Nicole Arata from third. The Aggies were unable to extend the late game rally, solidifying the final score, 11-2. Taking the loss for Utah State was junior starting pitcher Shelbi Tyteca, who is now 4-8 on the year, while opposing starting pitcher Amanda Pridmore improved to 15-9.

In the second matchup, San Jose State once again jumped out to an early advantage by scoring a run in the top of the first inning and another in the top of the third, taking an early 2-0 lead. The Spartans built on their lead in the top of the fifth, plating three more runs, taking a 5-0 advantage into the bottom of the fifth.

Pridmore held the USU offense in check by not allowing a run to score through the first five innings of action. Pridmore received plenty of help from her squad's offense as it was able to add four more runs in to top of the sixth frame, giving Pridmore a, 9-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the sixth.

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