PROVO — The BYU softball team notched its sixth win in a row after winning 9-1 against Utah Valley in the UCCU Crosstown Clash on Tuesday night at Gail Miller Field.
"We pitched well, and we defended OK," BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. "We've been defending better than we did tonight, but we defended O and we hit well."
To lead off the bottom of the first, Rylee Jensen hit a homer to center field. Then with Arissa Paulson and Libby Sugg on base, Emilee Erickson hit a single to right field to score two runs, giving BYU a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Jensen doubled to left center, scoring Lexi Tarrow from third base. With Erickson on base, Alyssa Podhurcak hit her first career home run over the left field wall to extend the Cougars’ lead to 6-0 in the third inning.
With two outs at the top of the fifth, Jensen dropped a hard hit liner and UVU picked up a run on the error, the Wolverines' only score of the ballgame.
BYU responded in the bottom of the half with its third homer of the night by Olivia Sanchez to right-center field. With the bases loaded, Brooke Vander Heide hit a single to give the Cougars an 8-1 lead. To end the game, Aubrielle Paulson singled up the middle to score Allie Hancock, giving BYU a 9-1 victory in five innings.
Game highlightsComment on this story
- BYU combined for three home runs in the game and outhit the Wolverines 11-3.
- UVU’s only run came unearned in the top of the fifth inning.
- BYU jumped out to a 3-0 lead sparked by Jensen’s leadoff homer.
- Rylee Jensen: 2-3, HR, 2B, 2 RBI
- Emilee Erickson: 2-2, 2 RBI
- Alyssa Podhurcak: 1-2, HR, 2 RBI (first career home run)
- Autumn Moffat: 3.0 innings pitched, 2 hits, 3Ks
BYU returns to its home field to compete against No. 3 Washington on Wednesday, April 17, at 6 p.m. MDT. The game will be available on BYUtv Digital and live stats will be available on the softball schedule page.
Click here for the BYU vs. UVU box score.