We're fortunate to get a three-game sweep when we didn't play our best softball. —Head coach Gordon Eakin
Sophomore Sydney Broderick surged BYU softball past Saint Mary’s in a doubleheader sweep Saturday at Cottrell Field.
"We're fortunate to get a three-game sweep when we didn't play our best softball," BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. "We did step up when we needed to in all three games — hitting the ball or shutting them down. McKenna Bull had a good weekend and Ashley Thompson did a good job in relief. Sydney Broderick had a great weekend."
The Cougars (25-8, 3-0 West Coast Conference) downed the Gaels (15-24, 0-3) by scores of 3-2 and 8-5.
Broderick powered the offense with a 4-for-7 day at the plate including six RBIs and two home runs, notching her second multi-home run game of the season.
Junior Gordy Bravo also came through with four hits in seven at-bats, including a double, while senior Lacey Hofstedt hit 4-for-6 on the day. Freshman Madison Merrell came through with her first three-hit game.
From the circle, Bull (22-5) picked up the win in the first game while pitching three innings in the second game, allowing 10 hits, five runs and striking out seven on the day. Sophomore Thompson (2-1) notched her second win of the year in the second game while only allowing one hit and one walk in four innings pitched.
Early in the game, BYU cashed in on Mercedes O’Connor’s RBI single through the left side after a Bravo leadoff double followed by Bell’s sacrifice bunt to set the table.
More offense came in the third inning as Broderick smashed her fifth home run of the season on a solo shot to center field, upping the tally to 2-0.
The next inning Saint Mary’s cut the lead to 2-1 on a solo home run of its own, but the Cougars responded in the top of the fifth with another run to widen the margin. Broderick drove a two-out home run to right for her second of the game, pushing the score to 3-1.
Saint Mary’s tacked on its second run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the score to 3-2 for the eventual final outcome.
The second half of the twin bill began with a four-run burst by BYU in the top of the first inning.
Bravo led off with a single to shallow center. Later in the frame, Broderick hit the gap for a two-run double, scoring Bravo and Merrell, who reached on a single. Thompson added two RBIs of her own in the inning on her fifth homer of the year for the 4-0 tally.
Saint Mary’s countered with one run in the bottom of the first before the Cougars tacked on two more in the top of the second. Bell’s single to left and St. Clair’s sacrifice fly accounted for the two RBIs and the 6-1 score.
In the bottom of the second, the Gaels added one more with a single down the line to cut the BYU lead to 6-2. The inning ended with shortstop Alexa Strid’s diving grab up the middle, tagging second base with her right hand for the force.
Saint Mary’s fought back, narrowing the gap with three runs in the bottom of the third to make it a 6-5 game.
BYU made a pitching change before the bottom of the fourth, bringing Thompson into the circle. She held the Gaels scoreless while retiring 12 of the 14 batters she faced.
Two more runs extended the Cougar lead as Broderick came through with a two-RBI double for the eventual 8-5 tally.
BYU is back in action Tuesday at UVU before continuing WCC play against Pacific next weekend at home.
McKay Perry is the sports information director for BYU softball and an assistant sports information director for BYU football. Contact him at [email protected]