In the top of the fifth, the Cougar defense stayed strong, including its second double play of the game. Messerschmidt got off a hit and took advantage of a San Jose State error in the bottom of the fifth to make second base. Willard then hit a double, gaining an RBI and the lead for the Cougars at 3-2 where BYU held on for the win.
In Game 2, with two on and one out in the first inning, Willard hit a first-pitch line drive over the center-field fence to bring in three runs for the Cougars.
Almond (14-3) took the mound for her second start of the day and gave up only two hits with three strikeouts.
SJSU chipped away at the score in the top of the first with a solo home run by Breanna Lopez.
BYU kept the scoring going in the bottom of the second with three more runs to bring the score to 6-1. Clayton, Hicks and Willard each had singles in the inning.
BYU added another run in the bottom of the fifth when Clayton hit a bullet back up the middle to bring in Bailie Hicken before the Cougars ended the game in the sixth inning by loading the bases.
BYU added one run on a pinch-hit single by Megan Arnold before Alexandra Hudson hit a deep fly ball to left field to bring in Ashlee Brawley on the sacrifice fly for the final run of the game.
Clayton went a perfect 3 for 3 with one RBI and two runs scored while Willard went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs in the game.
The Cougars will play next at home on Tuesday in a nonconference contest against UVU at 6 p.m. MT live on BYUtv.
UTAH STATE SOFTBALL: At Las Cruces, N.M., the Aggies (17-33, 4-14 WAC) split a doubleheader against New Mexico State (22-27, 3-14), winning 5-0 and losing 7-1.
Junior starting pitcher Shelbi Tyteca propelled USU to its first win over NMSU since April 21, 2009, allowing only four hits.
WEBER STATE SOFTBALL: At Portland, Ore., senior right-hander Sarah Clark held Portland State to just five hits in two complete games, but the Wildcats couldn't get the timely hits they needed to overtake the Vikings, falling by identical 2-0 scores in a doubleheader.
Clark struck out eight, allowing four runs — three earned — in 12 innings on the mound.
Offensively, the Wildcats managed seven hits, including two by senior Erika James-Dixon, against Vikings' ace Anna Bertrand, and left 12 runners on base during the two games.
With the two wins, Portland State clinched the Pacific Coast Softball Conference's Mountain Division and earned a berth in the PCSC championship series that will take place on May 11-12 at the site of the Coastal Division champion.
The Wildcats' best chance in the first game came during the fifth inning when the Wildcats loaded the bases with two outs, but Bertrand struck out freshman catcher Janel Cunningham on a full-count.
Aggressive base-running by Dixon early in the second game put her on third with just one out, but the Vikings got a strikeout and a pop up to end the inning.
The Wildcats had the tying run at the plate in both the sixth and seven innings, but couldn't get the final hits needed to complete a comeback.
Weber State (21-30, 10-8 PCSC) and Portland State (23-32, 13-5) will meet twice more today at 11 a.m. to wrap up the series.
UVU SOFTBALL: At Pocatello, a two-out RBI hit from Kylee Brinkerhoff in the seventh inning of the second game of a doubleheader gave Utah Valley University a late 5-4 advantage over Pacific Coast Softball Conference foe Idaho State University, but it wasn't enough as ISU's Amanda Fitzsimmons hit a two-out walk-off home run in the bottom of the frame to give the Bengals (12-34, 6-12 PCSC) the twinbill sweep, 6-1 and 6-5.
"Idaho State did what they needed to do and we didn't," UVU head coach Todd Fairbourne said. "The girls fought and gave themselves a chance to win that second game but we just couldn't make it happen. One mistake was the ultimate difference and Fitzsimmons made us pay for it."
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