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PROVO, Utah – Following a bye weekend, No. 20/21 BYU softball is back in action against Utah Valley in the Utah Community Credit Union Crosstown Clash on Wednesday at Gail Miller Field.
BYU Game Notes
The Cougars (32-10, 6-0 West Coast Conference) played just one game last week, picking up a 4-0 win against Southern Utah in Provo. The Wolverines (12-20, 4-8 WAC) are currently on a three-game losing streak after getting swept in the series against Grand Canyon over the weekend.
The matchup will begin at 6 p.m. MDT and will be televised live on BYUtv. It will also be on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143, along with live stats on the BYU softball schedule page.
This Wednesday is BYU’s fifth in-state game of the 2017 season, the first against Utah Valley. The Cougars are 4-0 so far this year, defeating Utah and Utah State while winning the two-game series against Southern Utah. After the game against the Wolverines this week, BYU has one more in-state game against Utah State on May 9.
BYU has held its opponents scoreless in the past four games, with two of the four victories being run-rule wins. There have been just seven hits by the opponents over those games. McKenna Bull has thrown 22-consecutive scoreless innings, while Arissa Paulson has pitched 14-straight innings without giving up a run.
The Cougars are ranked for the ninth week of the season, extending the recordfor the most a BYU softball team has been ranked in a single season. They remain at No. 21 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll and dropped a spot to No. 20 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25. Additionally, thanks to the tough schedule before conference play, BYU is No. 18 in the NCAA in RPI.
Utah Valley (12-20, 4-8 WAC)
The Wolverines have won two conference series so far this season, taking two games against both CSU Bakersfield and Seattle U in Orem.
Against WCC foes, UVU is 2-2 in 2017. The Wolverines lost to San Diego and Saint Mary’s in the season-opening tournament, but got revenge later by taking two from the Gaels back in March.
BYU holds a 34-4 series advantage over UVU, including an 11-1 mark at home. Back in 2015, the Wolverines beat the Cougars in Provo for the first time in program history, a 13-0 run-rule win. BYU took both games in 2016.