After two months and 27 games, the BYU softball team finally heads back to Provo to play the first home games in its history. The Cougars will take on rival the University of Utah in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. at Harmon Field, located south of campus. The games will also mark the first meeting between BYU head coach Mary Kay Amicone and her former team. Amicone was an assistant coach at Utah for seven seasons and also played second base for the Utes .
The Cougars dropped two games against Mountain West Conference leader New Mexico last Friday, 5-0 and 9-3. In Fort Collins, BYU dropped the first game Saturday against Colorado State, 6-0, before rebounding to win, 8-3, and snap its season-long six-game losing streak. Lindsay Jones,
pitching in a rare start, picked up her first win of the season in the complete-game effort against the Rams.
Third baseman Tracy Farley, out with a broken cheekbone and orbital lobe, has missed action for nearly two months and will not be back on the field this weekend. She is possible for next weekend's games against San Diego State and UNLV. In her place, Megan Johnson has taken over at the hot
BYU Probable Starters
Â•C -Cassie Martin - R/R, Fr. (.280, 7 hits, 2 runs, 1 RBI)
Â•1B - Mindy Hanson - R/R, Jr. (.254, 18 hits, 7 runs, 13 RBI)
Â•2B - Jackie Ellis - R/R, Jr. (.263, 17 hits, 13 runs, 9 RBI)
Â•SS - Becca Erickson - R/R, Jr. (.260, 20 hits, 8 runs, 6 RBI)
Â•3B - Megan Johnson - R/R, Fr. (.135, 5 hits, 1 run, 1 RBI)
Â•RF - Brooke Cadiente - R/L, Fr. (.149, 11 hits, 9 runs, 11 RBI)
Â•CF - Liz Smith - L/R, So. (.301, 25 hits, 13 runs, 4 RBI)
Â•LF - Lindsay Hodgen - R/R, Jr. (.253, 21 hits, 13 runs, 3 RBI)
Catcher Cassie Martin will likely catch one game and DH the other as she continues limited action following her return from ankle surgery. Junior Angie Christiansen will be on hand to catch the other game.
Junior Maryon Dewitt will get the call in the first game of this weekend's doubleheader. Dewitt lost two games last weekend to fall to 5-7 on the year, but remained the team leader in strikeouts with 59. Her ERA is at 3.35. Junior Lindsay Jones is likely to start the second game against Utah inplace of Meghann Pricer, who has experienced problems with her wrist and fallen into a personal six-game slump. Jones picked up the Cougars' lone win last
weekend for her first of the season. Jones threw a complete game, also her first of the season. She is 1-1 with a 6.10 ERA in 20.2 innings.
BYU Team Leaders
Sophomore outfielder Liz Smith moved back to the top of the Cougar leader list over the weekend with her team-high .301 season batting average. Three Cougars are tied with 13 runs scored (Smith, Jackie Ellis, Lindsay Hodgen), while first baseman Mindy Hanson remains the RBI leader with 13.
Cougars on the Basepaths
BYU leads the Mountain West Conference with 16 stolen bases in eight games of intraconference play, while Liz Smith leads all players with five stolen bases in those games. Overall, Cougar outfielder Lindsay Hodgen is tied for the stolen base lead with Utah's Lisa Hashimoto-Hall with 16 stolen bases on the year. The Cougars have successfully stolen at least one base in 21 of their 26 games.
The preseason favorite to finish first in the Mountain West Conference as voted upon by its coaches, the Utes come to Provo with a 24-18, 5-3 MWC record. Utah is third in the most recent Mountain West Conference standings after Colorado State pulled off a surprise sweep of the Utes last weekend. Utah then split with second-place New Mexico. The team is led by catcher Sunny Smith, who has started in every game to post a .370 batting average. Overall, the Utes boast five regular players who have racked up averages over .300. Onthe mound, sophomore Kristin Arbogast has carried the Utes, compiling a 23-15 record and 3.10 ERA. Arbogast has received 38 of the 42 pitching decisions this season for Utah.
Utah Probable Starters
Â•C - Sunny Smith - (.370, 44 hits, 34 runs, 37 RBI)
Â•1B - Nicole Wilkinson - (.238, 24 hits, 12 runs, 21 RBI)
Â•2B - Stacy O'Farrell - (.268, 30 hits, 11 runs, 7 RBI)
Â•SS - Michele Larsen - (.246, 30 hits, 19 runs, 15 RBI)
Â•3B - Lyndsey Trevis - (.303, 36 hits, 26 runs, 39 RBI)
Â•RF - Molly McLean - (.301, 40 hits, 29 runs, 7 RBI)
Â•CF - Jenny Monson - (.239, 17 hits, 14 runs, 14 RBI)
Â•LF - Lisa Hashimoto-Hall - (.350, 43 hits, 27 runs, 12 RBI)
Â•DH - Niki Hayhurst - (.352, 45 hits, 15 runs, 28 RBI)
BYU Home Field
Before calling Gail Miller Field home next year, the Cougars will play at Harmon Field, located south of campus at 900 East 250 South.