Cougars Power Over Utah

Jessica Purcell hit her second grand slam of the season on Saturday's game against Utah. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

SALT LAKE -- Jessica Purcell forged the way for the BYU softball team with a grand slam and a three-run homer during Saturday’s 15-0 win over Utah.

The Cougars extended their current win streak to 10 games and they advanced to 29-14 overall and 5-0 in Mountain West Conference play.

“Getting 15 runs on 16 hits is pretty impressive but I’m more pleased that our defense has been unbelievable,” BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. “We are playing solid defense, we are getting solid pitching and our offense has been unstoppable.”

Indeed the defense was solid for BYU, backing up Paige Affleck who earned her 14th win of the season (14-7 overall). She allowed only three hits and struck out four batters in five innings of play. The red-hot BYU offense matched its pitcher’s performance.

The Cougars took a 4-0 lead before an out was even recorded in the books. Purcell hit a three-run long ball deep over the left field wall, and another run scored on a mishandled sacrifice bunt. The Utes starting pitcher faced only seven BYU batters before being replaced.

Before the top of the first ended, BYU scored another run on Monica Gonzales’ bunt single, allowing starting pitcher Paige Affleck to take a field with a comfortable 5-0 lead.

After three innings the Cougars extended their lead, 8-0. Three singles loaded the bases before a leaping effort from Utah centerfielder Kara Foster kept Kristin Delahoussayes’ long hit to a single, rather than the grand slam it aimed to become. Tiffany Messerschmidt followed with a two-run single before the inning ended.

Consecutive walks began the fifth inning and a bunt single from Angeline Quiocho juiced the bases for Purcell, who launched a ball that soared over the left field wall for her second grand slam of the season.

Pinch-hitter Cydney Allen added to the lead with a softly hit fly ball that dropped out of the reach of the centerfielder to being in a run. Shaylyn Jenkins added two runs on a bases-loaded double up the left-center ally, giving BYU a 15-0 lead after five innings.

The Cougars look to keep their winning streak alive when they return home for a doubleheader on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Miller Park. Conference play will resume on Thursday when they host San Diego State at 7 p.m.

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Box Score

Brigham Young Univ. at Utah

Apr 11, 2009 at SALT LAKE CITY (Ute Field)

Brigham Young Univ. 15 (29-14,5-0 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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

ALLEN, Cydney ph........ 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

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

JENKINS, Shaylyn ph/dp.. 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0

QUIOCHO, Angeline cf..... 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

NIX-THOMAS, Whitney ph/c 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2

PURCELL, Jessica c....... 4 2 3 7 0 0 5 1 2

RAMIREZ, Andrea 1b....... 2 2 1 0 1 0 9 0 2

LOPEZ, Coreen 3b......... 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0

DUGAS, Jessica pr....... 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

HOPKINS, Stephanie rf.... 2 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0

VANCE, Amanda ph........ 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

HICKS, Krista ss......... 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0

WILLARD, Delaney ph..... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

GONZALES, Monica lf...... 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 2

DAVIS, Caschjen ph/lf... 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

AFFLECK, Paige p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

Totals................... 27 15 16 14 8 0 15 8 9

Utah 0 (16-23,0-4 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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OLSON, Brooke dp......... 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

CLEMENTS, Hannah lf...... 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

HEMINGWAY, Staci 1b...... 2 0 0 0 0 1 7 0 0

BOARDMAN, Angie rf....... 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

HOLM, Whitney 3b......... 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0

FOSTER, Kara cf.......... 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

PALAUNI, Tia 2b.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

JENSEN, Jasey 2b........ 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0

HOFFMAN, Andrea c........ 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1

FONOTI, Sharee ss........ 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1

PALMER, Lindsey p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

COOK, Joni p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

PARKER, Brittany p...... 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 18 0 3 0 0 4 15 7 3

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 503 07 - 15 16 0

Utah................ 000 00 - 0 3 1

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E - PALAUNI. LOB - Cougars 9; Utes 3. 2B - JENKINS(1); LOPEZ(13). HR -

PURCELL 2. HBP - RAMIREZ. SH - QUIOCHO(4); HICKS 2(5).

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

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AFFLECK, Paige...... 5.0 3 0 0 0 4 18 18

Utah IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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PALMER, Lindsey..... 0.1 2 5 3 3 0 3 7

COOK, Joni.......... 2.2 7 3 3 1 0 12 15

PARKER, Brittany.... 2.0 7 7 7 4 0 12 17

Win - AFFLECK (14-7). Loss - PALMER (3-4). Save - None.

HBP - by PARKER (RAMIREZ).

Umpires - HP: Willie Newman 1B: Dani Carson 3B: Brett Higgins

Start: 1 p.m. Time: 1:39 Attendance: 348

Weather: Partly Cloudy

Game: UT2

Play-by-Play

The Automated ScoreBook

Brigham Young Univ. at Utah - Play-by-Play

Apr 11, 2009 at SALT LAKE CITY (Ute Field)

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 503 07 - 15 16 0

Utah................ 000 00 - 0 3 1

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Brigham Young Univ. starters: 4/2b DELAHOUSSAYE; 20/dp MESSERSCHMID; 33/cf

QUIOCHO; 10/c PURCELL; 31/1b RAMIREZ; 7/3b LOPEZ; 5/rf HOPKINS; 22/ss HICKS;

24/lf GONZALES; 12/p AFFLECK;

Utah starters: 7/dp OLSON; 5/lf CLEMENTS; 19/1b HEMINGWAY; 16/rf BOARDMAN;

33/3b HOLM; 12/cf FOSTER; 18/2b PALAUNI; 13/c HOFFMAN; 1/ss FONOTI; 10/p

PALMER;

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - DELAHOUSSAYE walked. MESSERSCHMID walked;

DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to second. QUIOCHO reached on an error by 2b, SAC;

MESSERSCHMID advanced to third; DELAHOUSSAYE scored. PURCELL homered to left

field, 3 RBI; QUIOCHO scored, unearned; MESSERSCHMID scored. RAMIREZ singled to

left field. LOPEZ popped up to ss. HOPKINS walked; RAMIREZ advanced to second.

COOK to p for PALMER. HICKS out at first p to 2b, SAC; HOPKINS advanced to

second; RAMIREZ advanced to third. GONZALES singled, bunt, out at second c to

cf, RBI; HOPKINS advanced to third; RAMIREZ scored, unearned. 5 runs, 3

hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Utah 1st - OLSON singled to left center. CLEMENTS grounded out to 2b;

OLSON advanced to second. HEMINGWAY grounded out to p; OLSON advanced to third.

BOARDMAN grounded out to c. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - JENSEN to 2b for PALAUNI. DELAHOUSSAYE flied

out to cf. MESSERSCHMID walked. QUIOCHO fouled out to 3b. PURCELL singled to

shortstop; MESSERSCHMID advanced to second. RAMIREZ grounded out to p. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Utah 2nd - HOLM struck out swinging. FOSTER grounded out to p. JENSEN

singled to right field. HOFFMAN struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - LOPEZ singled down the lf line. HOPKINS

singled up the middle; LOPEZ advanced to second. DUGAS pinch ran for LOPEZ.

HICKS grounded out to 1b unassisted, SAC; HOPKINS advanced to second; DUGAS

advanced to third. GONZALES singled, bunt. DELAHOUSSAYE singled to center

field, RBI; GONZALES advanced to second; HOPKINS advanced to third; DUGAS

scored. MESSERSCHMID singled to left center, 2 RBI; DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to

second; GONZALES scored; HOPKINS scored. QUIOCHO grounded out to 1b unassisted;

MESSERSCHMID advanced to second; DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to third. PURCELL

grounded out to ss. 3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Utah 3rd - LOPEZ to 3b for DUGAS. FONOTI grounded out to ss. OLSON

popped up to c, bunt. CLEMENTS struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors,

0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - PARKER to p for COOK. RAMIREZ hit by pitch.

LOPEZ reached on a fielder's choice; RAMIREZ out at second 3b to 2b. HOPKINS

singled through the left side; LOPEZ advanced to second. HICKS singled; HOPKINS

advanced to second; LOPEZ out at second ss unassisted, interference. GONZALES

lined out to 3b. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Utah 4th - HEMINGWAY struck out looking. BOARDMAN grounded out to 1b

unassisted. HOLM grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - DELAHOUSSAYE walked. MESSERSCHMID walked;

DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to second. QUIOCHO singled, bunt; MESSERSCHMID advanced

to second; DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to third. PURCELL homered to left field, 4

RBI; QUIOCHO scored; MESSERSCHMID scored; DELAHOUSSAYE scored. RAMIREZ walked.

LOPEZ doubled down the lf line; RAMIREZ advanced to third. VANCE pinch hit for

HOPKINS. VANCE grounded out to 3b. WILLARD pinch hit for HICKS. WILLARD

grounded out to 1b unassisted. DAVIS pinch hit for GONZALES. DAVIS walked.

ALLEN pinch hit for DELAHOUSSAYE. ALLEN singled to center field, RBI; DAVIS

advanced to second; LOPEZ; RAMIREZ scored. JENKINS pinch hit for MESSERSCHMID.

JENKINS doubled to left center, 2 RBI; ALLEN advanced to third; DAVIS scored;

LOPEZ scored. NIX-THOMAS pinch hit for QUIOCHO. NIX-THOMAS grounded out to 2b.

7 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Utah 5th - DELAHOUSSAYE to 2b for ALLEN. JENKINS to dp. NIX-THOMAS to

cf. HICKS to ss for VANCE. HOPKINS to rf for WILLARD. DAVIS to lf. FOSTER

grounded out to 2b. JENSEN flied out to cf. PARKER to p for HOFFMAN. / for

PARKER. PARKER singled to right field. FONOTI grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 1

hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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