OREM Fans who arrived on time missed BYU's decisive first-inning explosion that was just a part of a 22-2 win in a five-inning shortened softball game against Utah Valley State on Wednesday.
That's because the game was started a few minutes earlier than scheduled.
It turned out that by the time the original start time of 3 p.m. came along, the Cougars had already put five runs on the board in the first inning.
"Our goal was to go out there and score a bunch of runs right away," said BYU first baseman Daniela Snow, who went 4-for-4 and knocked in a school-record eight runs.
Those runs, scored on the strength of two home runs, were part of BYU's 10 homers as a team on the day. Snow and Angeline Quiocho had three home runs apiece, and Jessica Purcell and Emi Willing each hit two homers.
With the win, BYU coach Gordon Eakin said the wind helped for a few of the home runs, but most were legit.
"A couple of them we hit to right or right-center where the wind was working against us and they still went out," Eakin said.
Wolverines coach Todd Fairbourne said the conditions should have helped his team with its power.
"If they (BYU) can hit the ball out, we should be able to, too," he said.
Snow started the barrage with a grand slam that was followed up in the next at-bat by Willing's shot as UVSC (8-26) starter Ali Bramwell couldn't throw a pitch at the start that wasn't handled by the Cougars.
Leading off the afternoon was Kristin Delahoussay's single. Cashjen Davis walked, and Amanda Vance singled to set the table for Snow.
Another blast from Snow and Quiocho's first shot out of the park in the second inning put BYU (30-14) in a comfortable spot with a 7-0 lead.
That cushion was needed momentarily when the Wolverines came back in the bottom of the second to put two runs up. Kelly Steadman dropped in an RBI double that brought in Jessica Anderson, who singled to start the inning.
BYU starter Christie Zinanti had some problems with her control as she walked two straight and then hit two straight Wolverines batters. Abby Bowcutt at least knew she took one for a good cause, as it brought in the second and final run UVSC would score.