Thursday , May 18, 2017 - 8:35 PM
In the first NCAA Regionals ever hosted in Salt Lake City, both BYU softball and host University of Utah claimed big wins Thursday, advancing to play each other at 1 p.m. Friday in day two of the double-elimination bracket.
BYU 8, MISSISSIPPI STATE 0
In the day’s first game, No. 21 BYU used a dominant pitching performance and creative offense to blast Mississippi State.
Weber High product McKenna Bull, BYU’s all-time strikeout leader, only struck out one Bulldog hitter — but she only gave up one hit, too, as she and the Cougars’ defense kept Mississippi State quiet.
A solo home run from Alexa Strid opened the scoring in the second inning.
BYU continued in the third by having clean-up hitter Libby Sugg bunt for a single. Later, with the bases loaded, Caitlyn Alldredge took an intentionally large lead off second and MSU’s play on her allowed pinch-runner Madison Merrell to steal home.
Briielle Breland singled to score Alldredge to give BYU a 5-0 lead, chasing Alexis Silkwood — Mississippi State’s all-time leader in nearly every pitching category — from the game in 2 1/3 innings.
Lexi Tarrow finished 3 for 4 with a double and a triple. The win was Bull’s 30th this season.
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UTAH 10, FORDHAM 0
No. 16 Utah continued the Beehive State dominance, blowing out Fordham in the nightcap thanks to third baseman Heather Bowen.
In the first inning, Bowen singled to score two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year Hannah Flippen to cap a three-run inning.
In the second, she blasted a two-run homer to cap a five-run inning and put the Utes up 8-0.
Katie Donovan gave up one hit in three scoreless innings as the starter for Utah. Flippen hit 3 for 3 with two RBIs.
Fordham committed four errors.
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