Ashlyn Russell is ranked ninth in the nation for home runs per game. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- After stealing two games away from New Mexico last Thursday 4-0 and 9-7, the Cougars are ready to take on their neighbors up north. BYU will host Utah in a double-header Wednesday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
BYU (38-11) swept the Utes in convincing fashion 13-0 and 5-3 in Salt Lake City on April 2. In Conference action number one ranked BYU is 14-2, while last year's MWC Champions, Utah, is 6-10. In the last meeting against the Utes, BYU pitcher Summer Tobias was able to hold them scoreless in the first game. Tobias threw a two hitter as she faced 20 batters.
"We're excited to play," BYU head softball coach Eakin said. "It's a big weekend for us."
BYU's matchup against Utah may determine what team will take the series lead as it currently stands in favor of the Cougars at 11-10. BYU's batting average is highest in the conference with a .320, while Utah has a .247.
"If you just take the last few years, we've taken control," Eakin said. "The past doesn't matter. We look forward to a very competitive game with Utah."
Highlights include BYU being ranked fourth in the nation for slugging percentage at .538. Lauren Watson-Perry is ninth in the nation for runs per game and 15th for batting average, while Ashlyn Russell is ranked 9th in the nation for home runs per game.
The Cougars will continue their dominating play at home as they take on Florida State Friday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m in the last home game of the season.