In Game 2, BYU came back after being down 3-0. The Wolf Pack hitters came alive with 14 hits, but BYU answered with 15 of its own.
Ashlee Brawley went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and a home run while five other players had multiple hits. Almond picked up the win again, this time in 41/3 innings of relief.
After Hicks hit her second double of the day, Brawley got BYU on the board for the first time with a homer to left field in the fourth inning. Tiffany Messerschmidt tied the game later in the inning with a single up the middle.
Two singles by Brawley and Everett each brought in a run in the fifth to give BYU the lead. In the sixth, a 2-RBI double from Toney gave the Cougars a 3-run lead.
USU SOFTBALL: At Logan, the Aggies (17-34, 4-15 WAC) battled hard against No. 12 Hawai'i (41-5, 15-3), but could not slowdown the high-powered Rainbow Wahine offense late in the game as UH pulled away to take the game, 9-2.
Senior infielder Lindsey Marquez provided the excitement for USU, as she delivered a two-run blast off one of the nation's best pitchers.
SUU SOFTBALL: At Fargo, N.D., the T-Bird offense erupted for eight runs in the fifth inning and used three home runs during the day to wrap up the regular season with an 11-6 victory at North Dakota State.
SUU's Katie Olinger opened the scoring on the day with a solo home run in the top of the second, marking her first big fly of the year. North Dakota State answered with a run in the home half of the inning and then took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the bottom of the third.
A second Thunderbird home run in the fourth, this time off the bat of Madison Resley, cut the margin to one, 3-2. However, the fifth inning put Southern Utah squarely in the driver's seat with eight runs in the frame. Kelsey Bryant tallied the first runs on a two-run home run over the fence in left center, scoring Mikkel Griffin who had hit an earlier single.
SUU (29-23, 15-9 Summit League) loaded the bases as Terysa Dyer was hit by a pitch, Kadi Henderson hit a single up the middle and Resley drew a walk. The bases remained loaded over the next five batters with Haylee Hoch, Olinger, Megan Gurski, Tessa Loewen, Griffin and Bryant logging RBIs. A final fly ball to left field ended the inning, but not before Southern Utah had taken a 10-3 lead.
NDSU rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, cutting the margin to 10-6, but a final run by Southern Utah in the seventh on an RBI by Bryant capped the scoring, 11-6. Danielle Axe came on in relief for SUU in the bottom of the seventh and allowed a single hit and struck out two to finish out the game.
Southern Utah will return to the diamond next weekend when the team begins play at the Summit League Tournament in Kansas City. The Thunderbirds could qualify as either the third or fourth seed, depending on the outcome of the UMKC-Western Illinois series, and face IPFW or North Dakota State in the first round on Thursday.
SLCC SOFTBALL: At Rangely, Colo., the No. 1-ranked Bruins (52-7, 43-5) completed the four-game sweep over Colorado Northwestern with a 16-0 win. Salt Lake used a 7-run first inning to run away with the victory.
Starlee Hutchings connected on a grand slam in the second inning to put Salt Lake well ahead of Colorado. Hutchings finished the game 2 for 4 with five RBIs while Maddy Woodard hit a solo shot over the left-field fence. Lyndsey Healey went 1 for 2 with two RBIs in the game. Ariel Zimmerman got the win, going three innings with five strikeouts and Kylee Colvin completed the final two innings not allowing a hit.
The Bruins will open up the Region 18 Tournament at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at Bruin Field.
DIXIE STATE SOFTBALL: At Seaside, Calif., the third-seeded Red Storm continued their winning ways in the NCAA West Region with a 2-0 win over two-seed and No. 7-ranked Cal State Monterey Bay.
Dixie State will now face sixth-seeded UC San Diego, who defeated Montana State Billings 4-0 and CSU Monterey Bay 5-0 to advance to the championship game.
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