Brigham Young University
Feb 08 | 10:00 AM
3 - 13
Liberty University
Nancy Almaraz Stadium

Ecuador 1566, Lazaro Cardenas, 48330 Ciudad de México Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48330

Ari Davis | Posted: 8 Feb 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Ari Davis

BYU downed by Liberty 13-3 on day two of Puerto Vallarta Challenge

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PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – Despite Ashley Godfrey’s two-run homer, BYU dropped its game against Liberty 13-3 Friday morning on the second day of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.

"We didn't compete today in any area," BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. "Our pitching was off, our defense was poor and our energy level was down. As coaches we need to do a better job preparing our team for these high level games on back-to-back days. We won't beat good teams if we don't show up and compete."

BYU vs. Liberty Final Box Score

The Cougars (1-2, 0-0 WCC) struggled to contain Liberty's (0-0, 0-0 Big South) bats in the Flames' season opener as big innings put the game out of reach.

Godfrey went 2 for 2 at the plate and recorded three RBI and her first dinger of the season. BYU used all three of its starting pitchers and Olivia Sanchez got some work in the top of the seventh. Arissa Paulson recorded three strikeouts with only two earned runs in the three innings she was in the circle.

Errors plagued BYU as Liberty scored three runs in the top of the first inning. The Flames tacked on three more runs in the top of the third to make the score 6-0 followed by a home run in the top of the fourth pushing their lead to 7-0.

BYU got on the board after four scoreless innings in the bottom of the fifth. Vander Heide bunted to get on first base before Godfrey went to the plate and smacked a ball over the fence. The two-run homer was Godfrey’s first of the season and made the score 8-2.  

Liberty tacked on a run in the top of the sixth and then a five run inning in the top of the seventh put the score at 13-2.

A single from Godfrey in the bottom of the seventh sent in Allie Hancock who had reached on a Liberty error to give BYU one more run. The Flames lead was too much for the Cougars and they came out with the win 13-3.

BYU finishes up the Puerto Vallarta Challenge Saturday afternoon against North Carolina. The first pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. CST with a live broadcast on FloSoftball and live stats on the schedule page.

 

 
Ari Davis | Posted: 5 Feb 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Ari Davis

Cougars open 2019 season in Mexico at Puerto Vallarta College Classic

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PROVO, Utah – The BYU softball team will open the 2019 season in Mexico at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge from Thursday to Saturday this week. 

BYU Game Notes

The Cougars will face two ranked teams, No. 9 South Carolina and No. 18 Baylor, in a doubleheader on Thursday to start the season.  The first game against the Gamecocks begins at 10 a.m. CST with the game against Baylor at 3 p.m. CST. On Friday, BYU will take on Liberty at 10 a.m. CST and a game on Saturday against North Carolina at 12:30 p.m. CST.

All of the games will be played at the Nancy Almaraz Stadium in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with streaming available on FloSoftball with a subscription. Links are available on the BYU schedule page.

BYU STORYLINES

Ranked Opponents. BYU will face two ranked teams at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge: No. 9 South Carolina and No. 18 Baylor. Liberty also received 30 votes, good for No. 28.

Power at the Plate. BYU captain Libby Sugg returns for her final season at BYU. The two-time captain has been named to the USA Softball College Softball Player of the Year watch list and was named NFCA All-American Third Team after the 2018 season. She finished the season ranked nationally as No. 7 in RBI (67), No. 10 in RBI per game (1.16), No. 32 in batting average (0.414),  No. 33 in on base percentage (0.707) and No. 58 in slugging percentage

Back to Mexico. This is the third time that BYU has traveled to the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge. At their last appearance at the tournament in 2017, the Cougars came home with a 2-2 record. They lost to No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 2 Auburn but beat No. 13 Washington and Nebraska. In 2015, BYU won all four of its games. 

Senior Leadership. The Cougars return four seniors: Libby Sugg, Allie Hancock, Olivia Sanchez, Ashley Godfrey and Lexi Tarrow. Sugg and Hancock have been named captains of the team while all four players could be starters for the Cougars. Sugg and Tarrow were named All-WCC First Team following the 2018 season. 

OPPONENTS OUTLOOK 

South Carolina | Thursday, Feb. 7 | 10:00 a.m. CT | FloSoftball

  • The Gamecocks finished the 2018 season with a 49-17 record, 15-9 in SEC play taking the third place spot. 
  • South Carolina advanced to the its second-ever super regional, going into the NCAA postseason tournament as the No. 9 seed.  After advancing through the regionals, Carolina ultimately lost to Arizona State in the Tempe Super Regional. 
  • This is the first meeting between the two teams. 
  • Head Coach Beverly Smith enters into her fifth season with the Gamecocks compiling a 378-196 record.

Baylor | Thursday, Feb. 7 | 3:00 p.m. CT | FloSoftball

  • In 2017, the Lady Bears had a 38-18 overall record, going 10-8 in the Big 12.
  • Baylor competed in its seventh-straight NCAA Regional after the 2018 regular season.
  • The series between the teams are split 1-1. The Cougars took the most recent win last season in March defeating the Lady Bears 3-1.
  • Glenn Moore is in his 17th season as the head coach for Baylor, posting a 872-388 overall record.

Liberty | Friday, Feb. 8 | 10:00 a.m. CT | FloSoftball

  • The Lady Flames posted a 49-14 overall record during the 2018 season, including being 18-3 in the Big South taking the title for the conference.
  • Liberty qualified for the NCAA Regional Final for the first time taking down Hofstra in their first NCAA Regional victory in program history. 
  • The game in Puerto Vallarta will be the first time the two teams will meet.
  • Dot Richardson starts the fifth season with the Lady Flames recording a 166-142 overall record. 

North Carolina | Saturday, Feb. 9 | 12:30 p.m. CT | FloSoftball

  • In 2018, the Tar Heels went 30-26 and a 14-9 mark in the ACC 
  • North Carolina fell to Pitt in the ACC tournament ending their 2018 campaign finishing third in conference. 
  • The Cougars took the only win in the series back in 2008.
  • Donna Papa enters her 30th season leading the Tar Heels compiling an overall record of 1,257-704-5
 

 
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