BYU softball: Cougars travel to Easton Desert Classic

By Jamie Morris

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13 2013 3:44 p.m. MST

BYU beat Portland State last year in the Oregon Regional 2-0 to end the Vikings season after a 28-25 year and a first place finish in the PCSC Mountain Division. The team returns 12 letterwinners and welcomes seven incoming freshman and one transfer to the 2013 roster. The Vikings will look to senior pitcher Anna Bertrand and incoming pitcher Karyn Wright to take up the slack on the mound. Wright earned one win and one loss in her college debut, giving up only six earned runs and striking out seven.

Last Time Out

BYU went 2-3 in its first tournament in the Red Desert Classic at the Canyons Complex on Feb. 7-9, defeating Seattle 10-0 and Idaho State 7-4, and falling to Colorado State 4-1, Nevada 14-6 and No. 6 Tennessee 6-3.

Colorado State (1-0) earned each of its four runs with two outs and capitalized on some BYU (0-1) miscues to grab its first win. BYU left seven runners on base in the loss and only had four hits against CSU pitcher Kacie McCarthy. Megan Arnold went 2 for 3 in the game and Carly Duckworth had BYU’s only extra-base hit with a double to left field. Duckworth also scored the only BYU run.

BYU’s (1-1) offense came out strong on day two against Seattle, scoring 10 runs on 12 hits to defeat the Redhawks (0-1). Tori Almond pitched her first shutout of the season, giving up only three hits on no walks and a career-high 13 strikeouts. Offensively, Marissa Bravo led the way for BYU going 3 for 3 with two runs and an RBI, while JC Clayton contributed two hits, two runs and an RBI for the Cougars. Katie Manuma blasted the only long ball of the game and the tournament for BYU with a two-run shot to center-field.

Hannah Howell took the mound against Nevada in game two of day two and after a two-inning hiatus re-entered to relieve Almond and finish the game, but the Cougars dropped the contest 14-6 to the Wolfpack. Howell gave up only three earned runs and had seven strikeouts in the game. Lacey Millett highlighted the Cougar offense with three hits, two runs and two stolen bases. Clayton and Bravo also finished with two hits apiece. BYU (1-2) allowed Nevada (1-0) to score seven runs in the first four innings to find themselves in a 7-1 hole early.

A seventh-inning rally wasn’t enough as BYU softball fell to No. 6 University of Tennessee 6-3 on day three. Seven BYU players had hits in the game, and Clayton and Millett had the two Cougar RBIs. BYU allowed Tennessee (5-0) to score six runs in the first five innings and then held the Volunteers scoreless before rallying in the seventh to score three runs.

BYU (2-3) was down 4-3 heading into the top of the sixth against Idaho State (1-1) but scored four runs to defeat the Bengals 7-4. Bravo was a perfect 4 for 4 in the game with two runs scored and two RBIs, and JC Clayton added three hits, with one run scored and two RBIs. Caroline Umphlett earned her first win of the season, relieving Howell in the bottom of the fifth inning. Umphlett held Idaho State to zero runs and gave up only two hits for the win.

Where to watch

The games against Hawai'i and Oregon State will be broadcast via game tracker. Check the BYU softball schedule for more information as the tournament progresses.

EASTERN DESERT CLASSIC — BYU's schedule

Hawai’i

Thurs., Feb. 14

4:30 p.m. MST

Eller Media Stadium

Oregon State

Fri., Feb. 15

3:45 p.m. MST

Stephanie Lynn Craig Park, Field 1

Louisiana Monroe

Fri., Feb. 15

6 p.m. MST

Stephanie Lynn Craig Park, Field 1

Cal State Fullerton

Sat., Feb. 16

11:15 a.m. MST

Stephanie Lynn Craig Park, Field 2

Portland State

Sat., Feb. 16

1:30 p.m. MST

Stephanie Lynn Craig Park, Field 2

Jamie Morris is the softball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.

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