Andrade played the hero role with the homer to lead off the fifth. DSC had another opportunity with the basesloaded, but could not add to the lead.
A pair of senior relievers took the reins and pitched as tough as they have all year. Kyle DiMartino allowed a leadoff hit in the CSULA sixth, but promptly picked off the runner as first. He induced a ground out and a fly out to end his frame. Daniel Zapata entered in the seventh to protect the Storm's one-run lead. A quick 1-2-3 inning, including a strikeout, closed Zapata's seventh save of the year and tied him with former DSC reliever Todd Morlock for the career lead in saves with 16.
Yack, Andrade and Tyler Sleskeach had two hits as the Storm outhit CSULA 12-to-seven.
The series finale is Sunday, with first pitch scheduled at noon.
UTAH SOFTBALL: At Salt Lake City, freshman outfielder Kate Dickman came up with a clutch two-out single that tied the game at four runs apiece in the sixth inning, but the University of Utah softball team was edged by No. 2 Arizona State, 6-4.
Utah (26-25, 1-19 Pac-12) earned a 7-7 tie with Arizona State, while both teams also committed one error in the field.
Dickman connected on a two-run single in the sixth to lead Utah's three-run sixth-inning rally that tied the game at four runs apiece. The Mission Viejo, Calif., has driven in 21 runs this season and ranks third on the squad with 41 hits during her rookie campaign.
Senior first baseman Tia Palauni and junior outfielder Katelyn Elliott both cranked doubles for the Utes. Palauni has seven two-base hits this year and has 16 extra-base hits in 2012, which is third on the Utah squad. She has 48 extra-base hits.
Junior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina drove her second sacrifice fly of the season in the third inning for her 22nd RBI of the year.
Senior third baseman Whitney Holm lined an RBI single to center field to start Utah's sixth-inning comeback. She leads Utah this season with 55 hits and 39 RBIs.
Senior right-hander Generra Nielson took the ball for the Utes in her 39th start of the year and went six innings, while allowed five earned runs on seven hits to go with three strikeouts. Unfortunately, she took the loss in the pitching decision and is 19-16 this season. She needs just six more strikeouts to tie Meghan Dyer (2006-07) for fourth place on school's all-time strikeout list.
The Utes conclude their Pac-12 Conference series with the Sun Devils tomorrow at 1 p.m. MT.
BYU SOFTBALL: At Reno, Nev., the Cougars earned two wins two different ways, defeating Nevada 10-0 and 7-4 to sweep the series and finish out the regular season.
The wins give BYU (40-13, 15-4) at least a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in next week's Western Athletic Conference Tournament. The Cougars have won 11 games in a row and 16 of their last 17, giving BYU its eighth-straight 40-win season.
"The girls played great," said BYU coach Gordon Eakin. "I'm really proud of them and for getting 40 wins this season."
In Game 1, every Cougar in the starting lineup had at least one hit and all but one scored at least one run. In the circle, Tori Almond pitched the shutout with eight strikeouts.
The Cougars scored their runs in two innings, getting four in the third and six in the fifth inning. JC Clayton hit a triple to knock in Shelbi Everett after Everett lead off the inning wtih a double.
Delaney Willard and Katie Manuma came up in the next two at bats, hitting back-to-back home runs, the third straight game with a homer for Willard and the third homer in two games for Manuma.
Six hits resulted in six more runs to end the game in the fifth. Willard hit an RBI-single before a Stacie Toney triple brought in two more runs. Krista Hicks then followed with a double to score Toney. Everett and Jessica Dugas also had an RBI apiece before the inning ended.
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