PROVO — A game-winning double in the bottom of the seventh inning by Jenna Goar gave the BYU softball team (17-8) its first ever WAC win, 3-2, over New Mexico State (18-14) on Friday.
“You have to take care of business at home,” said BYU head coach Gordon Eadkin. “This is a very competitive conference and these girls are the defending champs. We have to defend our home field and I was proud because we did that tonight. We’ve got another challenge ahead of us tomorrow but we need to win every game at home.”
BYU will face New Mexico State twice more on Saturday, beginning at 1:30 p.m. inside Gail Miller Field.
With Jessica Dugas on second base in the bottom of the first Friday, Delaney Willard put one over the fence as the first and only home run of the night to put the Cougars up 2-0.
Pitcher Tori Almond made an impressive showing in the second inning, striking out three consecutive batters.
Later, an error by BYU's Katie Manuma put New Mexico’s Celisha Walker on first base to start the fifth inning. After stealing second base, Walker pushed for third and a long throw allowed her to make it home and gain a run for the Aggies.
After a walk from Almond, BYU allowed New Mexico to fill the bases with two outs left in the top of the fifth. A swing at the ball gave the runner on third confidence to run home. A missed catch at home plate put another run on the board for New Mexico.
The Cougars had three errors and ended the inning tied at 2-2.
With Stacie Toney on second base in the bottom of the seventh, Goar, who entered in the top of the sixth, hit the game-winning double deep into center field and allowed Toney to round third and make it home.
Megan Stauffer works in the BYU Athletic Communications office with the men and women's swim and dive team. She can be reached at [email protected].