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.
The Aggie offense looked to rally late as lead-off hitter, freshman utility player Jolene Koons knocked a bloop single into left center field. Junior infielder Christine Thomsen pushed a runner into scoring position as she delivered a base hit to center field, giving Utah State a scoring threat late in the game. Sophomore outfielder Kassandra Uchida loaded the bases with a one-out single to left field which was the third base hit of the inning for USU.
Senior infielder Kelley Kaneshiro brought Koons in from third with a sacrifice fly to deep center field, giving the Aggies their first run of the game. Utah State could not extend the action of the inning however, as it converted the next out to end the game due to the eight-run rule.
Senior starting pitcher Dani Chaplin (3-7) was charged with the loss. Pridmore picked up her 16th win of the season.
USU closes out its three-game series with the Spartans on Saturday at noon. Admission to the game is free and fans will have the opportunity to have senior trading cards and posters signed after the game by the team.
WEBER STATE 8, UTAH VALLEY 1: At Orem, behind another double-digit hitting performance at the plate, the Wildcats (20-24, 9-4) stepped into sole possession of first place in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference's Mountain Division, as senior right-hander Sarah Clark went 3-for-3 at the plate, capturing her single-season record-tying 16th win on the mound.
Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader was suspended due to darkness with the game tied at 4 at the end of the 8th inning.
Clark held the Wolverines (25-18-1, 6-7) scoreless through the first 51/3 innings, giving her a 14-inning shutout streak that dated back to Game 2 of the Wildcats' series with Idaho State, before surrendering a run on a throwing error in the bottom for the sixth.
Senior Lyndsey Minnich, junior London Clarke and sophomore Brooke Silva each had two hits in the game, which saw Weber State take a 3-0 after three innings and then surge ahead 7-0 in the top of the fifth.
Silva had a two-RBI double in the third, and senior Symbree Minniear had an RBI on sacrifice bunt, making it 3-0.
Freshman Cydnee Clarke had an RBI double in the fifth inning, Clark had an RBI walk, and Minnich had an RBI single during the fifth inning, which ended with the Wildcats leading 7-0.
After Utah Valley pulled one back in the sixth, Clark had an RBI single in the seventh to make it 8-1.
Krystin Jachim led UVU offensively by hitting a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk.
Game 2 of the series will resume at 11 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the regularly scheduled doubleheader.
SUU 10-8, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 0-0: At Cedar City, the Thunderbirds used a pair of huge second innings on Friday afternoon to post run-rule victories of 10-0 and 8-0 against South Dakota State. The Thunderbirds scored seven runs in the second frame in Game 1 and six runs in Game 2.
SUU opened the scoring in Game 1 in the first inning on a two-run home run by Mikkel Griffin and then used seven runs on five hits and two SDSU errors in the second to build a 9-0 lead. Tessa Loewen, Terysa Dyer, Madison Resley and Haylee Hoch picked up RBIs in the inning with Dyer notching the majority on a bases loaded three-run double.
Southern Utah's final run came in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Hoch as the senior tallied her second RBI of the day.
Heather Black stymied the Jackrabbit offense during the game, allowing only two hits in five innings with no walks and three strikeouts to pick up the win. Black returned in game two and was even better, allowing only a single hit in four innings with one walk and six strikeouts. Danielle Axe came on to throw the final inning for SUU, allowing two hits in the top of the fifth.
The hits proved to be nothing of consequence as the Thunderbirds scored six runs on five hits and one Jackrabbit error in the second. A triple by Kadi Henderson created Southern Utah's first scoring opportunity in the frame as the sophomore advanced to home on a passed ball. An RBI single by Gurski, a two-run double by Griffin, an RBI single by Kelsey Bryant and a wild pitch accounted for the rest of the T-Bird runs in the frame.
Southern Utah capped the victory with an RBI single by Loewen in the third and an RBI single by Gurski in the bottom of the fourth. The Thunderbirds threatened most of the game, ultimately ending the contest having stranded nine runners on base.
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