PROVO, Utah - With rain coming down most of the game, the BYU softball team managed to get a 3-1 win over Utah Valley in a shortened five-inning contest at Miller Field.
Starting pitcher Hannah Howell pitched the complete game, striking out six and giving up no walks to improve her record to 12-7 and help give BYU its 14th-straight win over Utah Valley (24-14-1).
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Senior Tiffany Messerschmidt went 2 for 2 with a walk for the Cougars and has 11 hits in her last 13 at bats over the last five games. Delaney Willard added two RBI on one hit with two walks.
BYU (25-12) took the lead on a single by Willard with the bases loaded in the third inning. Two runs scored off the hit and a third came home after the UVU centerfielder misplayed the ball, giving the Cougars a 3-1 lead.
After two more walks the Cougars loaded the bases again with one out, but a strikeout and a ground out ended the threat. BYU also put three runners on in the fourth inning with a chance to add to the lead but again stranded all three.
After playing through the rain for most of the contest, the game went to a rain delay in the bottom of the fifth. After approximately a half hour, the umpires called the game, giving BYU the win.
BYU next hosts Utah State in a Western Athletic Conference series with a game on Friday, Apr. 13, at 6 p.m. MT and a doubleheader the following day beginning at 1:30 p.m. MT. Friday's game will be broadcast on BYU Radio while the Saturday games will be shown live on BYUtv.