Willard the Hero in Cougar Victory Over SUU

Delaney Willard's home run gave the Cougars the victory in extra innings. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah -- A Delaney Willard home run in extra innings gave the BYU softball team the 3-1 victory over Southern Utah in the front end of a doubleheader Wednesday at Gail Miller Field.

After senior Caschjen Atagi reached on a double in the eighth, Willard took a pitch, sending it over the right field wall for the walk-off home run.

Willard was 2-for-3 with two RBI, one run and one walk.

BYU pitcher Paige Affleck led the Cougars with 12 strikeouts, one short of a career high, allowing one earned run in the complete game win.

Affleck opened the game with three no-hit innings, striking out eight during the span to get the Cougars off to a strong start on the defensive end. However, the Cougar offense struggled, posting just one hit by Willard in the first three innings.

In the fourth inning, BYU finally found its way to base. With runners on first and second, Willard belted a pitch into left field where the Thunderbird fielder committed an error on the catch, advancing Willard to second base and sending Fitu home.

SUU returned the favor by opening the fifth inning with a run of their own. The Thunderbirds strong hitting and drawn walks could have been more costly for the Cougars after SUU loaded the bases, but an illegal SUU substitution ended their turn at bat prematurely.


Southern Utah at BYU (Game 1)

Apr 06, 2011 at Provo, Utah (Gail Miller Field)

Southern Utah 1 (16-19)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Heather Richardson c..... 3 0 0 0 1 3 6 1 0

Aly Daniels ss........... 2 0 1 0 2 1 2 2 0

Haylee Hoch rf........... 3 0 1 1 1 2 2 0 1

Darleen Fernandez 3b..... 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 1

Madison Resley dh........ 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3

Stephanie DeJesus pr.... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Cora Cordova 2b.......... 4 0 1 0 0 2 6 1 0

Kara Bendt lf............ 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

Nicole Huntsman 1b/pr.... 2 0 0 0 1 1 6 0 1

Courtney Fick pr........ 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Sami Jo Parry cf......... 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0

Heather Black p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

Totals................... 26 1 3 1 7 12 22 11 8

BYU 3 (21-14)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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

MESSERSCHMIDT, Tiffa lf.. 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

CLAYTON, JC ss........... 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 2 1

MILLETT,Lacey pr........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

FITU,Jessica c........... 2 1 0 0 1 0 14 1 0

ATAGI,Caschjen dh........ 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0

WILLARD, Delaney rf...... 3 1 2 2 1 0 1 0 0

HICKS, Krista 3b......... 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3

DUCKWORTH,Carly ph...... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

GRAHAM, Stacie 1b........ 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3

DUGAS,Jessica cf......... 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0

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

Totals................... 28 3 7 2 4 6 24 6 8

Score by Innings R H E

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Southern Utah....... 000 010 00 - 1 3 1

BYU................. 000 100 02 - 3 7 0

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

E - BENDT(2). DP - SUU 1. LOB - SUU 8; BYU 8. 2B - ATAGI(5). HR -

WILLARD(7). SH - FITU(2). SB - FITU(5); ATAGI(5). CS - DANIELS(4).

Southern Utah IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Heather Black....... 7.1 7 3 2 4 6 28 33

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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AFFLECK,Paige....... 8.0 3 1 1 7 12 26 33

Win - AFFLECK (13-9). Loss - BLACK (12-8). Save - None.

Umpires - HP: Brett Higgins 1B: Clair McBride 3B: Jason Bluemel

Start: 5:02 pm Time: 2:06 Attendance: 519

Southern Utah starters: 3/c RICHARDSON; 22/ss DANIELS; 15/rf HOCH; 9/3b

FERNANDEZ; 0/dh RESLEY; 1/2b CORDOVA; 10/lf BENDT; 13/1b HUNTSMAN; 6/cf PARRY;

7/p BLACK;

BYU starters: 4/2b DELAHOUSSAYE; 20/lf MESSERSCHMID; 16/ss CLAYTON; 10/c FITU;

9/dh ATAGI; 28/rf WILLARD; 22/3b HICKS; 21/1b GRAHAM; 19/cf DUGAS; 12/p

AFFLECK;

Southern Utah 1st - RICHARDSON struck out swinging. DANIELS struck out

swinging. HOCH walked. FERNANDEZ popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors,

1 LOB.

BYU 1st - DELAHOUSSAYE struck out swinging. MESSERSCHMID out at first 3b

to 2b. CLAYTON struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Southern Utah 2nd - RESLEY walked. CORDOVA struck out swinging. BENDT

reached on a fielder's choice; RESLEY out at second 2b to ss. HUNTSMAN struck

out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 2nd - FITU grounded out to 2b. ATAGI flied out to rf. WILLARD

singled to left field. HICKS struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Southern Utah 3rd - PARRY struck out swinging. RICHARDSON struck out

swinging. DANIELS walked. DANIELS out at second c to ss, caught stealing. 0

runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 3rd - GRAHAM grounded out to p. DUGAS out at first 3b to 2b.

DELAHOUSSAYE struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Southern Utah 4th - HOCH struck out looking. FERNANDEZ struck out

swinging. RESLEY walked. DEJESUS pinch ran for RESLEY. CORDOVA singled through

the right side; DEJESUS advanced to second. BENDT flied out to lf. 0 runs, 1

hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

BYU 4th - MESSERSCHMID grounded out to 3b. CLAYTON grounded out to p.

FITU walked. FITU stole second. ATAGI walked. WILLARD reached on an error by

lf; ATAGI advanced to third; FITU scored, unearned. HICKS popped up to 2b. 1

run, 0 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Southern Utah 5th - HUNTSMAN walked. FICK pinch ran for HUNTSMAN. PARRY

grounded out to ss; FICK advanced to second. RICHARDSON walked. DANIELS singled

to right field; RICHARDSON advanced to second; FICK advanced to third. HOCH

singled to right field, RBI; DANIELS advanced to second; RICHARDSON advanced to

third; FICK scored. FERNANDEZ reached on a fielder's choice; HOCH advanced to

second; DANIELS advanced to third; RICHARDSON out at home ss to c. RESLEY to dh

for DEJESUS. RESLEY grounded out to c unassisted. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3

LOB.

BYU 5th - HUNTSMAN pinch ran for FICK. HUNTSMAN to 1b. GRAHAM grounded

out to p. DUGAS singled to pitcher. DELAHOUSSAYE singled to shortstop; DUGAS

advanced to second. MESSERSCHMID lined into double play ss unassisted; DUGAS

out on the play. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Southern Utah 6th - CORDOVA struck out swinging. BENDT flied out to cf.

HUNTSMAN popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 6th - CLAYTON singled up the middle. MILLETT pinch ran for CLAYTON.

FITU out at first c to 2b, SAC, bunt; MILLETT advanced to third. ATAGI walked.

ATAGI stole second. WILLARD walked. DUCKWORTH pinch hit for HICKS. DUCKWORTH

struck out looking. GRAHAM grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3

LOB.

Southern Utah 7th - CLAYTON to ss for MILLETT. HICKS to 3b for

DUCKWORTH. PARRY struck out swinging. RICHARDSON struck out swinging. DANIELS

walked. HOCH struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 7th - DUGAS singled through the right side. DELAHOUSSAYE struck out

looking. MESSERSCHMID reached on a fielder's choice; DUGAS out at second ss to

2b. CLAYTON reached on a fielder's choice; MESSERSCHMID out at second ss to 2b.

0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Southern Utah 8th - FERNANDEZ grounded out to 3b. RESLEY popped up to

rf. CORDOVA grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 8th - FITU flied out to rf. ATAGI doubled to left field. WILLARD

homered to right field, 2 RBI; ATAGI scored. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

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