Cougars Begin the Season with the Long Ball

Jessica Purcell lead the Cougars offensively. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)


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ST. GEORGE -- The BYU Women’s softball team cruised to its first two wins of the season with an exploding offensive effort and a strong showing from the circle, defeating Southern Utah, 8-1, and Loyola Marymount, 10-0, at the Red Desert Classic Thursday.

Sophomore catcher Jessica Purcell led the team going 3-for-5 with 9 RBI and 2 homers, while sophomore pitcher Paige Affleck tossed 5 shutout innings with 7 strike outs.

“I’m very pleased with the way the team finished today,” BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. “They played like the team I expected them to be against a very good Loyola Marymount team.”

Against Southern Utah, the Cougars got off to a slow start before a grand slam from Purcell put BYU up 6-0in the top of the fifth. The Thunderbirds managed to score one run in the fifth with a solo homer but the Cougars answered back with two runs in the seventh.

The Cougars carried their offensive momentum over to Loyola Marymount when a double from senior shortstop Andrea Ramirez hit an RBI single in the bottom of the first. The Cougars took a 5-0 lead after the fifth inning when a three-run bomb from Purcell cleared the fence and junior Amanda Vance brought in another run.

In the bottom of the fifth inning BYU was one run shy of enacting the eight-run rule when senior right fielder Stephanie Hopkins blasted a three-run homer to end the game.

The Cougars continue play at the Red Desert Classic when they face Northern Colorado at 10:30 a.m. and No. 15 Washington at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The Automated ScoreBook

Brigham Young Univ. vs Southern Utah

Feb 05, 2009 at St. George, Utah (The Canyons)

Brigham Young Univ. 8 (1-0)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob

DELAHOUSSAYE, Kristi 2b 3 2 1 0 0 0 4 3 0

MESSERSCHMIDT, Tiffa lf 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0

NIX-THOMAS, Whitney cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

RAMIREZ, Andrea ss 4 1 3 0 0 0 3 1 1

PURCELL, Jessica c 2 2 1 5 0 0 8 0 0

DAVIS, Caschjen cf 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 2

VANCE, Amanda 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 1

PRICE, Amber dp 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0

HICKS, Krista 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

HOPKINS, Stephanie rf 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1

ZINANTI, Christie p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0

Totals 30 8 9 7 1 3 21 12 6

Southern Utah 1 (0-1)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob

Jenavieve Purcell cf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

Aly Daniels ss 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 4 2

Darlene Fernandez 3b 2 1 1 1 2 0 1 1 0

Trish Clapham rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Shannon Lum 1b 3 0 0 0 1 3 6 0 1

Caroline Fernandez c 3 0 1 0 0 2 4 0 3

Natalie McBurney lf 2 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0

Brittany Henderson dp 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Stephanie DeJesus 2b 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 0

Kristina Brooks p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals 23 1 5 1 5 7 21 6 10

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 002 040 2 - 8 9 2

Southern Utah....... 000 010 0 - 1 5 1

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E - DELAHOUSSAYE; RAMIREZ; C. Fernandez. LOB - Cougars 6; SUU 10. 2B - DAVIS. HR - PURCELL; DAVIS; D. Fernandez. HBP - DELAHOUSSAYE; MESSERSCHMID; PURCELL 2; J. Purcell. SH - B. Henderson; S. DeJesus 2. CS - C. Fernandez; N. McBurney.

Brigham Young Univ. ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go

ZINANTI, Christie W,1-0 7.0 5 1 1 5 7 0 0 1 0 23 32 2 10

Southern Utah ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go

Kristina Brooks L,0-1 7.0 9 8 7 1 3 2 0 4 0 30 35 12 6

Win - ZINANTI (1-0). Loss - K. Brooks (0-1). Save - None. WP - K. Brooks 2. HBP - by K. Brooks (PURCELL); by ZINANTI (J. Purcell); by K. Brooks (DELAHOUSSAYE); by K. Brooks (MESSERSCHMID); by K. Brooks (PURCELL).

Umpires - HP: Dan Ringsby 1B: Christie Cornwell 3B: Brett Higgins

Start: 3 p.m. Time: 2:15 Attendance: 175

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Brigham Young Univ. vs Southern Utah

Feb 05, 2009 at St. George, Utah (The Canyons)

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 4/2b DELAHOUSSAYE; 20/lf MESSERSCHMID; 31/ss RAMIREZ; 10/c PURCELL; 9/cf DAVIS; 6/1b VANCE; 8/dp PRICE; 22/3b HICKS; 5/rf HOPKINS; 14/p ZINANTI;

Southern Utah starters: 24/cf J. Purcell; 22/ss A. Daniels; 9/3b D. Fernandez; 16/rf T. Clapham; 19/1b S. Lum; 26/c C. Fernandez; 13/lf N. McBurney; 18/dp B. Henderson; 17/2b S. DeJesus; 15/p K. Brooks;

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - DELAHOUSSAYE popped up to 2b. MESSERSCHMID grounded out to ss. RAMIREZ singled to right field. RAMIREZ advanced to second on a wild pitch. PURCELL hit by pitch. DAVIS popped up to 3b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Southern Utah 1st - J. Purcell grounded out to p. A. Daniels grounded out to p. D. Fernandez walked. T. Clapham singled to center field; D. Fernandez advanced to second. S. Lum walked; T. Clapham advanced to second; D. Fernandez advanced to third. C. Fernandez struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - VANCE fouled out to c. PRICE singled to right field. HICKS reached on a fielder's choice; PRICE out at second ss to 2b. HOPKINS struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Southern Utah 2nd - N. McBurney singled to third base. B. Henderson reached on an error by 2b; N. McBurney advanced to second. S. DeJesus out at first 3b to 2b, SAC; B. Henderson advanced to second; N. McBurney advanced to third. J. Purcell hit by pitch. N. McBurney out at home p to c, caught stealing. A. Daniels struck out looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - DELAHOUSSAYE hit by pitch. MESSERSCHMID singled, bunt; DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to second. RAMIREZ singled to center field; MESSERSCHMID advanced to second; DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to third. PURCELL reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; RAMIREZ out at second 2b to ss; MESSERSCHMID advanced to third; DELAHOUSSAYE scored. DAVIS flied out to lf. PURCELL advanced to second on an error by c; MESSERSCHMID scored, unearned. VANCE flied out to lf. 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Southern Utah 3rd - D. Fernandez reached on an error by ss. T. Clapham reached on a fielder's choice; D. Fernandez out at second 2b to ss. S. Lum struck out swinging. C. Fernandez singled to third base; T. Clapham advanced to second. C. Fernandez out at second 2b to 1b to ss, caught stealing; T. Clapham advanced to third on the throw. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - PRICE struck out swinging. HICKS grounded out to 3b. HOPKINS lined out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Southern Utah 4th - N. McBurney walked. B. Henderson out at first 1b to 2b, SAC; N. McBurney advanced to second. S. DeJesus out at first 1b to 2b, SAC; N. McBurney advanced to third. J. Purcell grounded out to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - DELAHOUSSAYE singled to right field. MESSERSCHMID walked; DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to second. RAMIREZ singled to right field; MESSERSCHMID advanced to second; DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to third. PURCELL homered to center field, 4 RBI; RAMIREZ scored; MESSERSCHMID scored; DELAHOUSSAYE scored. DAVIS doubled to left center. VANCE popped up to 1b. PRICE struck out looking. HICKS flied out to ss. 4 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Southern Utah 5th - A. Daniels struck out looking. D. Fernandez homered to center field, RBI. T. Clapham flied out to rf. S. Lum struck out swinging. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - HOPKINS grounded out to ss. DELAHOUSSAYE popped up to ss. MESSERSCHMID hit by pitch. MESSERSCHMID advanced to second on a wild pitch. RAMIREZ popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Southern Utah 6th - NIX-THOMAS to cf for MESSERSCHMID. DAVIS to lf. C. Fernandez struck out swinging. N. McBurney grounded out to p. B. Henderson singled to right center. S. DeJesus walked; B. Henderson advanced to second. J. Purcell popped up to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - PURCELL hit by pitch. DAVIS homered to left center, 2 RBI; PURCELL scored. VANCE grounded out to ss. PRICE fouled out to 1b. HICKS flied out to lf. 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Southern Utah 7th - A. Daniels grounded out to 2b. D. Fernandez walked. T. Clapham reached on a fielder's choice; D. Fernandez out at second ss to 2b. S. Lum struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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Loyola Marymount vs Brigham Young Univ.

Feb 05, 2009 at St. George, Utah (The Canyons)

Loyola Marymount 0 (0-1)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob

SLOUBER, K. cf 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0

FISCHER, S. 3b 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0

PAGNINI, D. dp 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0

TYSDAL, C. c 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

ACKERMAN, M. ss 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0

FOLEY, C. 1b 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0

CHARPENTIER 2b 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0

CESENA, M. lf 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1

HARTUNG, J. rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0

GOODMAN, C. p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals 16 0 4 0 0 7 13 6 2

Brigham Young Univ. 10 (2-0)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob

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

MESSERSCHMIDT, Tiffa lf 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

RAMIREZ, Andrea ss 3 1 2 2 0 0 1 1 0

PURCELL, Jessica c 3 1 2 4 0 0 8 1 0

DAVIS, Caschjen cf 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

VANCE, Amanda 1b 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 2

HICKS, Krista 3b 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

PRICE, Amber dp 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

HOPKINS, Stephanie rf 3 1 1 3 0 1 1 0 0

AFFLECK, Paige p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

Totals 22 10 10 10 2 1 15 6 4

Score by Innings R H E

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Loyola Marymount.... 000 00 - 0 4 3

Brigham Young Univ.. 104 23 - 10 10 0

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Note: 1 out, 0 runners LOB when the game ended.

E - TYSDAL, C.; ACKERMAN, M.; GOODMAN, C.. LOB - LMU 2; Cougars 4. 2B - RAMIREZ 2; PURCELL; VANCE. HR - PURCELL; HOPKINS. HBP - PRICE. SH - CESENA, M.; MESSERSCHMID 2. CS - FISCHER, S.; PRICE.

Loyola Marymount ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go

GOODMAN, C. L,0-1 4.1 10 10 8 2 1 2 0 1 0 22 27 6 5

Brigham Young Univ. ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go

AFFLECK, Paige W,1-0 5.0 4 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 16 17 1 5

Win - AFFLECK (1-0). Loss - GOODMAN, C. (0-1). Save - None. WP - GOODMAN, C. 2. HBP - by GOODMAN, C. (PRICE).

Umpires - HP: Tom Topping 1B: Danny Newman 3B: Willy Newman

Start: 5:35 Time: 1:17 Attendance: 175

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Loyola Marymount vs Brigham Young Univ.

Feb 05, 2009 at St. George, Utah (The Canyons)

Loyola Marymount starters: 9/cf SLOUBER, K.; 52/3b FISCHER, S.; 54/dp PAGNINI, D.; 33/c TYSDAL, C.; 5/ss ACKERMAN, M.; 15/1b FOLEY, C.; 21/2b CHARPENTIER; 7/lf CESENA, M.; 3/rf HARTUNG, J.; 13/p GOODMAN, C.;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 4/2b DELAHOUSSAYE; 20/lf MESSERSCHMID; 31/ss RAMIREZ; 10/c PURCELL; 9/cf DAVIS; 6/1b VANCE; 22/3b HICKS; 8/dp PRICE; 5/rf HOPKINS; 12/p AFFLECK;

Loyola Marymount 1st - SLOUBER, K. struck out swinging. FISCHER, S. singled to left field. FISCHER, S. out at second c to ss, caught stealing. PAGNINI, D. struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - DELAHOUSSAYE singled to center field. MESSERSCHMID out at first p to 2b, SAC; DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to second. DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to third on a wild pitch. RAMIREZ doubled to center field, RBI; DELAHOUSSAYE scored. RAMIREZ advanced to third on a wild pitch. PURCELL popped up to ss. DAVIS walked. VANCE flied out to rf. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Loyola Marymount 2nd - TYSDAL, C. grounded out to p. ACKERMAN, M. grounded out to p. FOLEY, C. grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - HICKS out at first ss to 2b. PRICE singled. HOPKINS struck out swinging; PRICE out at second c to ss, caught stealing. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Loyola Marymount 3rd - CHARPENTIER singled to left field. CESENA, M. out at first p to 2b, SAC; CHARPENTIER advanced to second. HARTUNG, J. grounded out to ss; CHARPENTIER advanced to third. SLOUBER, K. singled; CHARPENTIER out at home c unassisted, interference. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - DELAHOUSSAYE singled to right field. MESSERSCHMID reached on an error by p, SAC, advanced to second; DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to third. RAMIREZ lined out to 1b. PURCELL homered to right field, 3 RBI; MESSERSCHMID scored, unearned; DELAHOUSSAYE scored. DAVIS reached on a throwing error by ss. VANCE doubled to left center; DAVIS advanced to third. HICKS grounded out to 2b, RBI; VANCE advanced to third; DAVIS scored, unearned. PRICE flied out to cf. 4 runs, 3 hits, 2 errors, 1 LOB.

Loyola Marymount 4th - FISCHER, S. struck out swinging. PAGNINI, D. struck out swinging. TYSDAL, C. flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - HOPKINS grounded out to 3b. DELAHOUSSAYE walked. DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to second on a throwing error by c. MESSERSCHMID grounded out to 3b. RAMIREZ doubled to right center, RBI; DELAHOUSSAYE scored. PURCELL doubled to right field, RBI; RAMIREZ scored. DAVIS flied out to rf. 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Loyola Marymount 5th - ACKERMAN, M. singled to right field. FOLEY, C. struck out swinging. CHARPENTIER struck out swinging. CESENA, M. struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - VANCE flied out to rf. HICKS singled to left field. PRICE hit by pitch; HICKS advanced to second. HOPKINS homered to center field, 3 RBI; PRICE scored; HICKS scored. 3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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