PROVO, Utah – Senior Lauren Bell helped No. 25 BYU softball sweep its doubleheader home opener against Maine 8-0 and then 10-4 Wednesday night at Gail Miller Field.
“It was a good home opener for us,” BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. “The team played with energy and made nice adjustments through both games. It was a good team effort.”
Bell led BYU (16-7, 0-0 West Coast Conference) on the night, hitting 3 for 4 while adding three runs and three RBI. Additionally, Briielle Breland went 3 for 5 and chipped in three RBI, and Ashley Thompson ended the evening going 3 for 6 with three runs and three RBI.
BYU out-hit Maine (2-13, 0-0 American East) 7-2 in the first game of the doubleheader en route to an 8-0 run-ruled victory in five innings. McKenna Bull collected the win with a strong start in the game, throwing four strikeouts in the first two innings while ending the game with nine.
Alexa Strid scored from second base on Breland’s single to give BYU its first run of the game in the bottom of the second. Bell then scored two runs on a single to extend the lead. Lexi Tarrow followed with a hit, advancing to second from an error while scoring the Cougars another run to make it 4-0 after two innings.
Strid kept the scoring trend going in the third, hitting her second home run of the season to score two runs. Breland then scored two more runs with the first home run of her BYU career, giving the Cougars an 8-0 advantage.
The Black Bears’ Meghan Royle doubled to left field in the top of the fifth, but Maine couldn’t capitalize to extend the game as BYU won 8-0 after five innings.
Six runs in the sixth inning helped propel BYU to a 10-4 win against Maine in the second game of the doubleheader.
The first two innings were fairly quiet for both teams until Bell picked up a double-play throwing to Thompson at first to bring up the bottom of the second.
Rylee Jensen later nailed a solo shot past centerfield, her second home run of the year, to put the Cougars up 1-0 in the third.
Caitlyn Larsen Alldredge brought in a run in the fourth inning after hitting a ball in deep left field. BYU then loaded up the bases with Bell up to bat. One more run scored after her hit to increase the advantage to 4-0. Tarrow then brought home two additional runs with a hit to centerfield, increasing the lead to 6-0. Libby Sugg was next at bat, scoring Tarrow to make it 7-0 for the final run of the inning.
Maine’s Royle homered over left field to put her team on the board for the first time in the fifth, down 7-1. The Black Bears followed that up with a two-run double to bring them within four. Another run was scored with the next player at bat, making the score 7-4.
Thompson hit a triple in the sixth to extend the Cougars’ lead back to five at 9-4. She scored the next run on a wild pitch to make it 10-4 heading into the seventh.
BYU held Maine scoreless in the final inning, winning the game 10-4 and taking the two-game series.
The Cougars next host Wagner in a doubleheader Thursday, March 16, beginning at 4 p.m. MDT.
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