Senior Krista Hicks went 2 for 2 in game two on Saturday. (Photo by Jon Hardy/BYU Photo)
PROVO, Utah - The seniors on the BYU softball team stepped it up on Senior Day to bring in nine of the thirteen runs scored en route to sweeping San Jose State 3-2 and 10-2 on Saturday’s doubleheader.
Seniors honored included Jessica Dugas, Krista Hicks, Tiffany Messerschmidt, Stacie Toney and Delaney Willard.
“It was very important that we held our home field and played a team that I’m really impressed with,” said BYU coach Gordon Eakin. “Our seniors have all been to every regional while they’ve been here. With the way we played this weekend in being 35-13, I think we’re headed to their fourth regional."
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BYU (35-13, 12-4 WAC) combined for 18 hits with tough defense, holding the Spartans to four runs and seven hits while turning three double plays on the day. With the sweep, the Cougars are in the hunt for their fourth-straight conference championship and first in the Western Athletic Conference with one weekend of WAC play left in the regular season.
Top contributors for the first game included Toney who gained two RBI, Messerschmidt who had two runs and Tori Almond who threw eight strikeouts.
San Jose State got a quick two runs in the first inning thanks to an early home run to start off the game. The Cougars retaliated with Dugas, Messerschmidt and JC Clayton earning base hits.
With the bases loaded, Toney doubled to send home Dugas and Messerschmidt and BYU went into the second inning tied, 2-2.
Toney gained a double to left field in the bottom of the fourth, but the Cougars were unable to take advantage of the hit and the teams continued on to the fifth inning still tied.
In the top of the fifth, the Cougar defense stayed strong, including its second double play of the game. Messerschmidt got off a hit and took advantage of a San Jose State error in the bottom of the fifth to make second base. Delany Willard then hit a double, gaining an RBI and the lead for the Cougars at 3-2 where BYU held on for the win.
With two on and one out in the first inning, Willard hit a first-pitch line drive over the center field fence to bring in three runs for the Cougars.
took the mound for her second start of the day and gave up only two hits with three strikeouts to improve her record to 14-3.
SJSU chipped away at the score in the top of the first with a solo home run by Breanna Lopez.
BYU kept the scoring going in the bottom of the second with three more runs to bring the score to 6-1. Clayton, Hicks and Willard each had singles in the inning.
BYU added another run in the bottom of the fifth when Clayton hit a bullet back up the middle to bring in Bailie Hicken
before the Cougars ended the game in the sixth inning by loading the bases.
Clayton went a perfect 3 for 3 with one RBI and two runs scored while Willard went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI in the game.
The Cougars will play next at home on Tuesday in a non-conference contest against UVU at 6 p.m. MT live on BYUtv.