Nate Slack | Posted: 13 Apr 2021 | Updated: 26 Apr 2021

Two Zavodnik homers help extend BYU's win streak to 10

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PROVO, Utah —  Four home runs in the final three innings boosted BYU to beat Idaho State 10-1 at Gail Miller Field on Tuesday afternoon. 

Game Highlights

  • Autumn Moffat-Korth pitched a complete game, striking out five Bengals and allowing just one run. She also hit a three-run homer as part of a 2-3 day from the plate.
  • Violet Zavodnik knocked a pair of two-run homers. The first was a two-run shot bringing in Jensen in the third and the second, a two-run homer that brought in Emilee Erickson and ended the game.
  • A no-doubter to left-center was the highlight of a 3-3 hitting day for Melissa Chavez.

Player Highlights

  • Autumn Moffat-Korth: 5.0 IP, 5H, 1ER, 6K, 2-3, 1HR, 3RBI
  • Violet Zavodnik: 2-3, 2HR, 4RBI
  • Marissa Chavez: 3-3, 1HR, 1RBI

The starting pitchers for both squads came out ready to play. Both hits and runs were hard to come by through the first couple of innings of the game. The Cougars’ Autumn Moffat-Korth gave up four hits through the first three innings but allowed just one run.

Idaho State starter Emma McMurray came into the game with a record of 0-4 but no-hit the Cougars through the first two innings. Marissa Chavez led off the top of the third and sent the ball over the fence in left-center to lock the score at 1-1.

Rylee Jensen logged the second BYU hit of the day with a single through the gap between first and second to follow Chavez’s leadoff homer. After an infield pop-out, Violet Zavodnik brought home Jensen with her seventh home run of the year to put BYU up 3-1.

In the bottom of the fourth, HannahJo Peterson knocked the ball into left field and scored pinch-runner Ally Oyanguren from second to stretch the BYU lead to three at 4-1.

Hunter Ava and Martha Epenesa both walked to start off the fifth. Taylei Williams stepped in to run for Epenesa and Erin Miklus laid down a bunt to advance the runners to second and third. Moffat-Korth brought them both home with a no-doubter over the left-center wall to give the Cougars a 7-1 advantage.

Chavez hit a hard grounder that bounced over the head of the third baseman to keep things rolling for the Cougar offense. Emilee Erickson connected on her first at bat of the night that brought home Chavez from second. Zavodnik ended the game in the next at bat with her second homer of the night, giving BYU a 10-1 mercy-rule win in the fifth inning.

The Cougars will host Utah Valley in the UCCU Crosstown Clash on Wednesday, April 14. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m. MDT. The game will be broadcast on BYUtv and the BYUtv App.

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