Cougar Offense Explodes in Back-to-Back Victories

Ashlyn Russell hits two of the Cougars nine HR's Feb. 4. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The BYU softball team opened up the season with an impressive display of offensive firepower on their way to a 10-6 victory over Southern Utah University and followed it up with a 21-3 win over Utah Valley State College Feb. 4 in St. George, Utah.

The Cougars jumped on SUU in the first inning as juniors Paige Paramore and Ashlyn Russell hit back-to-back homeruns. Steady pitching by Summer Tobias and a strong defense kept SUU at bay until the Thunderbirds made a move in the fourth inning taking a one-run 6-5 lead. However, BYU showed heart and determination. Russell hit her second homerun of the game, this time a two-run shot. The Cougars never looked back.

BYU Head Coach Gordon Eakin said he was pleased with the poise BYU displayed.

"I was pleased with our offense, when things got close, we kept battling and put the game away," Eakin said.

In the second game of the double-header, BYU played UVSC. With the sun setting in the background, the game was visually difficult for the players and the game was close early. Coach Eakin said that experience will help this team defensively.

"We need to get a little better defensively, especially when dealing with the outside elements," Eakin said. "But I'm not worried, it'll come together."

When the sun was down, the Cougars opened up and rocked UVSC scoring 10 runs in the third inning on their way to the lopsided victory.

In the two games, BYU hit nine homeruns, Paramore (2), Lauren Watson-Perry (1), Daniella Urincho (2), Emi Snow (1), Russell (2), Debbie Dodds (1).

BYU plays again Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at The Canyons in St. George, Utah once again versus SUU.

The Automated ScoreBook

Brigham Young Univ. vs SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVER

Feb 04, 2005 at St. George,Utah (The Canyons)

Brigham Young Univ. 10 SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVER 6

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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WATSON-PERRY, Lauren c... 3 0 1 0 1 2 6 1 0 Burt ss.................. 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0

WHITELEY, Jennifer cf/lf. 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 Howerton 2b.............. 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 2 0

PARAMORE, Paige rf/cf.... 4 1 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 Ashton pr/rf............ 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

JONES, Milli pr/cf...... 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Carmicheal rf............ 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0

RUSSELL, Ashlyn 3b....... 4 2 2 3 0 0 1 2 0 Carli pr................ 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

URINCHO, Daniella 1b..... 4 2 3 2 0 0 10 0 0 Johnson 1b............... 3 0 0 0 1 0 8 0 0

SNOW, Emi pr............ 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Sauer 3b/p............... 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 4 3

NORTON, Jodi ss.......... 4 1 4 1 0 0 0 2 0 Miller 3b............... 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0

DODDS, Debbie 2b......... 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 Jensen p................. 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

CAPRA, Ariel lf/rf....... 2 1 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 Hall dh/c................ 3 1 2 2 0 0 6 3 1

CLARKE, Ranae ph........ 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Anderson lf.............. 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

CHAMBERLAIN, Krystle dh.. 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Christiansen ph/lf...... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1

KENNEDY, Lindi dh....... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 Merrill cf............... 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0

TOBIAS, Summer p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Neiderhauser c/dh........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Totals................... 33 10 16 9 2 5 21 8 5 Totals................... 31 6 10 6 1 5 21 12 5

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 311 030 2 - 10 16 1

SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVER 000 600 0 - 6 10 1

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E - RUSSELL(1); Jensen(1). LOB - BYU Cougars 5; SUU 5. 2B - NORTON 2(2); Burt(1); Howerton(1); Sauer(1); Hall(1). HR -

PARAMORE(1); RUSSELL 2(2); URINCHO 2(2). SH - WHITELEY(1). SB - NORTON(1). CS - WATSON-PERRY(1); WHITELEY(1); NORTON(1).

Brigham Young Univ. IP H R ER BB SO AB BF SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVER IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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TOBIAS, Summer...... 7.0 10 6 2 1 5 31 32 Jensen.............. 3.0 6 5 4 2 2 14 16

Sauer............... 4.0 10 5 4 0 3 19 20

Win - TOBIAS (1-0). Loss - Jensen (0-1). Save - None.

PB - Hall(1).

Umpires - HP: Clair McBride 1B: Ray Meibos

Start: 2:00 pm Time: 2:50 Attendance: 75

Game: SUU1

The Automated ScoreBook

Brigham Young Univ. vs UTAH VALLEY STATE

Feb 04, 2005 at St. George, Utah (The Canyons)

Brigham Young Univ. 21 (2-0) UTAH VALLEY STATE 3 (0-2)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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CHAMBERLAIN, Krystle dh.. 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 HARTGROVE 2b............. 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0

CAPRA, Ariel dh......... 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 JIMENEZ cf............... 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2

WHITELEY, Jennifer cf.... 3 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 SEEVER cf............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

JONES, Milli cf......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 YOUNG 3b................. 2 1 2 0 1 0 0 3 0

WATSON-PERRY, Lauren rf 5 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 BLACK pr................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PARAMORE, Paige c/ss..... 3 3 2 3 2 0 2 2 0 KENDZIOR 1b.............. 3 0 1 1 0 1 5 1 0

SNOW, Emi c............. 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 WELLING rf/lf............ 3 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3

RUSSELL, Ashlyn 3b....... 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 JONES p.................. 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0

CLARKE, Ranae ph/3b..... 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 MIKALAUSKI p............ 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0

URINCHO, Daniella 1b..... 4 2 1 1 0 0 4 0 2 ROBERTS dh............... 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

NORTON, Jodi ss.......... 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 ROSKELLEY c.............. 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0

DODDS, Debbie 2b......... 4 2 2 4 0 0 3 2 0 WRIGHT ph/c............. 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

KENNEDY, Lindi lf..... 3 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 WILKINS lf............... 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

BOYCE, Brooke p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 SALMOND rf.............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

STEWART ss............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

Totals................... 34 21 16 14 7 1 15 8 5 Totals................... 23 3 7 2 2 3 15 10 7

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 01(10) 55 - 21 16 4

UTAH VALLEY STATE... 001 11 - 3 7 4

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E - WATSON-PERRY (1); KENNEDY (1); PARAMORE 2(2); HARTGROVE(1); WELLING(1); WILKINS(1); STEWART(1). LOB - BYU Cougars 5; UVSC 7. 2B -

WHITELEY(1); CLARKE(1); YOUNG(1). HR - WATSON-PERRY(1); PARAMORE(2); SNOW(1); DODDS(1). SB - WATSON-PERRY 2(2). CS -

HARTGROVE(1).

Brigham Young Univ. IP H R ER BB SO AB BF UTAH VALLEY STATE IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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BOYCE, Brooke....... 5.0 7 3 1 2 3 23 25 JONES............... 2.0 5 5 4 3 1 11 14

MIKALAUSKI.......... 3.0 11 16 7 4 0 23 27

Win - BOYCE (1-0). Loss - JONES (0-1). Save - None.

WP - BOYCE(1). PB - ROSKELLEY(1).

Umpires - HP: Ray Meibos 1B: Clair McBride

Start: 5:35 Time: 2:30 Attendance: 60

JONES faced 4 batters in the 3rd.

Game: UV1

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