Almond, Howell Lead Cougars To 10th Straight Win

Freshman Tori Almond recorded a career-high eight strikeouts (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah -- BYU was able to win the second game of a doubleheader as it dominated Southern Utah 10-4 on Wednesday at Gail Miller Field.

“These were both hard-fought games,” said BYU head coach Gordon Eakin. “We didn’t play as hard as we have been, but we found a way to win that first game. We struggled in certain areas but we slugged out the second game too. Our pitching was solid, and we had some good hits.”

JC Clayton recorded three RBI for the night while teammates Caschjen Atagi, Delaney Willard and Jessica Dugas tied with two.

The first inning started off eventful after a 3-1 win for BYU in the first game. After two Thunderbird runners reached second and third, SUU’s Madison Resley put SUU up 3-0 with a home run to center field. Almond struck out the Cougars' three outs in the inning.

Up to bat first for BYU, Kristin Delahoussaye got one past the pitcher to reach first. Hit by a pitch, Jessica Fitu took first base with Delahoussaye on second before Atagi got a hold of the ball, allowing Delahoussaye and Fitu to score and cut SUU's lead to 3-2.

The bottom of the second inning proved to be a success for BYU as they were able to score three runs and tak a 5-3 lead. Leadoff batter Carly Duckworth took four balls and first base to start. Stacie Graham followed with a hit deep into center field taking second base herself while Duckworth grabbed third.

A sacrifice by Dugas allowed Duckworth to get a run, knotting the score at 3-3. Delahoussaye drew a walk, putting runners on first and third. Graham took advantage of a passed ball to score while Delahoussaye came around for a run on a fielder's choice to put BYU up, 5-3.

Almond continued on through the fourth with two more strikeouts to put her at a new career high of eight total strikeouts.

Clayton was able to get two RBI in the bottom of the fourth as her hit between the first and second base gap allowed Delahoussaye and Tiffany Messerschmidt to get runs, putting BYU up 7-3.

Hannah Howell came in at the beginning of the fifth inning to replace Almond and went the inning without allowing any runs. Howell would go on to earn the save, claiming three strikeouts.

In the bottom of the sixth, Willard knocked the ball well out of the park and over the scoreboard. Having recorded a home run in game one against SUU, Willard has tallied five home runs in the past four games. Her hit advanced the Cougars to a seven-run lead over SUU at 10-3.

The Cougars took the win and advanced to 22-14 overall. The team will next face off with in-state rival Utah on both Friday and Saturday.


Southern Utah at BYU (Game 2)

Apr 06, 2011 at Provo, Utah (Gail Miller Field)

Southern Utah 4 (16-20)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Heather Richardson 1b.... 1 1 0 0 2 0 6 0 0

Terysa Dyer ph.......... 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

Aly Daniels ss........... 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 5 1

Courtney Fick ss........ 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Haylee Hoch rf........... 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0

Danielle Swopes rf...... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Darleen Fernandez 3b..... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Kadi Henderson ph/3b.... 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0

Madison Resley dh........ 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0

Katie Olinger dh........ 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0

Cora Cordova 2b.......... 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

Stephanie DeJesus pr/2b. 2 0 0 0 0 1 6 0 4

Brittany Henderson c..... 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1

Ariel Morbeck lf......... 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0

Sami Jo Parry cf......... 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0

Danielle Axe p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Bubba Kearns p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Kara Bendt p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 27 4 6 4 4 11 18 8 6

BYU 10 (21-14)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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DELAHOUSSAYE, Kristi 2b.. 3 3 2 0 1 0 0 2 0

MESSERSCHMIDT, Tiffa dh.. 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

CLAYTON, JC ss/pr........ 3 0 1 3 0 0 1 1 0

MILLETT,Lacey pr........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ROBB, Madisen ss........ 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3

FITU,Jessica c........... 3 1 0 0 0 0 10 1 1

ATAGI,Caschjen 3b........ 4 1 2 2 0 0 2 0 1

HICKS, Krista 3b........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WILLARD, Delaney rf...... 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1

DUCKWORTH,Carly lf....... 1 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0

HUDSON,Alexandra lf..... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

GRAHAM, Stacie 1b........ 4 1 2 0 0 0 6 0 1

DUGAS,Jessica cf......... 3 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 0

ENGEL, Jenna ph......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

ALMOND,Tori p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

HOWELL,Hannah p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 31 10 12 9 3 0 21 6 8

Score by Innings R H E

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Southern Utah....... 300 000 1 - 4 6 2

BYU................. 230 212 X - 10 12 0

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E - SWOPES; K. HENDERSON. LOB - SUU 6; BYU 8. 2B - ATAGI; DUCKWORTH; GRAHAM.

HR - DYER; RESLEY; WILLARD. HBP - FITU. SH - MESSERSCHMID. SB - FITU.

Southern Utah IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Danielle Axe........ 2.0 4 5 5 2 0 9 13

Bubba Kearns........ 3.0 5 3 3 1 0 16 17

Kara Bendt.......... 1.0 3 2 2 0 0 6 6

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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ALMOND,Tori......... 4.0 5 3 3 3 8 17 20

HOWELL,Hannah....... 3.0 1 1 1 1 3 10 11

Win - ALMOND (6-3). Loss - AXE (2-8). Save - HOWELL (3).

WP - KEARNS. HBP - by AXE (FITU). BK - BENDT. PB - B. HENDERSON 2.

Umpires - HP: Clair McBride 1B: Jason Bluemel 2B: Brett Higgins

Start: 7:43 pm Time: 1:59 Attendance: 519

Weather: 47 degrees

ALMOND faced 2 batters in the 5th.

Southern Utah starters: 3/1b RICHARDSON; 22/ss DANIELS; 15/rf HOCH; 9/3b

FERNANDEZ; 0/dh RESLEY; 1/2b CORDOVA; 18/c B. HENDERSON; 11/lf MORBECK; 6/cf

PARRY; 21/p AXE;

BYU starters: 4/2b DELAHOUSSAYE; 20/dh MESSERSCHMID; 16/ss CLAYTON; 10/c FITU;

9/3b ATAGI; 28/rf WILLARD; 3/lf DUCKWORTH; 21/1b GRAHAM; 19/cf DUGAS; 8/p

ALMOND;

Southern Utah 1st - RICHARDSON walked. DANIELS struck out swinging. HOCH

singled, advanced to second on the throw; RICHARDSON advanced to third.

FERNANDEZ struck out swinging. RESLEY homered to center field, 3 RBI; HOCH

scored; RICHARDSON scored. CORDOVA walked. DEJESUS pinch ran for CORDOVA. B.

HENDERSON struck out looking. 3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 1st - DEJESUS to 2b. DELAHOUSSAYE singled up the middle.

MESSERSCHMID out at first p to 2b, SAC; DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to second.

CLAYTON grounded out to ss; DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to third. FITU hit by pitch.

FITU stole second. ATAGI doubled up the middle, 2 RBI; FITU scored;

DELAHOUSSAYE scored. WILLARD fouled out to c. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Southern Utah 2nd - MORBECK grounded out to ss. PARRY singled down the

lf line. RICHARDSON flied out to cf. DANIELS popped up to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit,

0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 2nd - DUCKWORTH walked. GRAHAM doubled to center field; DUCKWORTH

advanced to third. DUGAS grounded out to ss, RBI; GRAHAM advanced to third;

DUCKWORTH scored. DELAHOUSSAYE walked. DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to second; GRAHAM

scored on a passed ball. MESSERSCHMID singled to second base; DELAHOUSSAYE

advanced to third. CLAYTON reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; MESSERSCHMID out

at second ss to 2b; DELAHOUSSAYE scored. FITU reached on a fielder's choice;

CLAYTON out at second ss to 2b. 3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Southern Utah 3rd - HOCH struck out swinging. K. HENDERSON pinch hit for

FERNANDEZ. K. HENDERSON singled. OLINGER to dh for RESLEY. OLINGER struck out

swinging. DEJESUS struck out looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 3rd - K. HENDERSON to 3b. KEARNS to p for AXE. ATAGI grounded out to

ss. WILLARD popped up to 1b. DUCKWORTH walked. GRAHAM reached on a fielder's

choice; DUCKWORTH out at second 2b unassisted, interference. 0 runs, 0 hits,

0 errors, 1 LOB.

Southern Utah 4th - B. HENDERSON lined out to 3b. MORBECK struck out

swinging. PARRY struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 4th - DUGAS flied out to lf. DELAHOUSSAYE singled to left field.

MESSERSCHMID singled to left field; DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to second.

DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to third on a wild pitch. CLAYTON singled to right field,

2 RBI; MESSERSCHMID scored; DELAHOUSSAYE scored. MILLETT pinch ran for CLAYTON.

FITU grounded out to 3b; MILLETT advanced to third. ATAGI grounded out to c

unassisted, interference. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Southern Utah 5th - CLAYTON pinch ran for MILLETT. CLAYTON to ss. ROBB

to ss for CLAYTON. RICHARDSON walked. DANIELS singled to left field; RICHARDSON

advanced to second. HOWELL to p for ALMOND. HOCH reached on a fielder's choice;

DANIELS advanced to second; RICHARDSON out at third 3b unassisted. K. HENDERSON

flied out to cf. OLINGER walked; HOCH advanced to second; DANIELS advanced to

third. DEJESUS grounded out to p. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

BYU 5th - SWOPES to rf for HOCH. WILLARD flied out to ss. DUCKWORTH

doubled to left field. GRAHAM reached on an error by 3b; DUCKWORTH advanced to

third. DUGAS singled to left field, RBI; GRAHAM advanced to second; DUCKWORTH

scored. DELAHOUSSAYE reached on an error by rf; DUGAS advanced to second;

GRAHAM advanced to third. MESSERSCHMID reached on a fielder's choice;

DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to second; DUGAS advanced to third; GRAHAM out at home 3b

to c. ROBB popped up to 2b. 1 run, 2 hits, 2 errors, 3 LOB.

Southern Utah 6th - HUDSON to lf for DUCKWORTH. B. HENDERSON grounded

out to ss. MORBECK struck out swinging. PARRY struck out looking. 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 6th - BENDT to p for KEARNS. FITU popped up to 2b. ATAGI singled.

WILLARD homered to right center, 2 RBI; ATAGI scored. HUDSON flied out to cf.

GRAHAM singled to left center. ENGEL pinch hit for DUGAS. GRAHAM advanced to

second on an illegal pitch. GRAHAM advanced to third on a passed ball. ENGEL

popped up to 1b. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Southern Utah 7th - DUGAS to cf for ENGEL. HICKS to 3b for ATAGI. DYER

pinch hit for RICHARDSON. DYER homered to center field, RBI. FICK to ss for

DANIELS. FICK grounded out to 2b. SWOPES struck out swinging. K. HENDERSON

grounded out to 2b. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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