Brigham Young got on the scoreboard first after Sydney Broderick led off the opener with a single, stole second and then came around to score on a base hit up the middle from Ashley Thompson. SUU evened things up in its next turn at the plate when freshman Jordan Theurer grounded out to bring in Lyndsey Healey from third.
BYU retook the lead in the bottom half of the second as Coco Tauali’i, Ashley Robinson and Gordy Bravo each drove in a run before Katie Manuma cleared the bases with a double to extend the advantage to 7-1.
Cora Cordova doubled in the fifth and later crossed home on an error for the Thunderbird’s second score of the day. The Cougars came up with three more runs in the bottom half of the inning, the last coming on a wild pitch to seal the 10-2 victory.
Freshman McKenna Bull (11-9) struck out six batters and allowed just one earned run to earn the complete game victory while Theurer (5-7) went two innings in the start for SUU and was charged with seven runs and the loss. Senior Ariel Hart closed out the final three innings, giving up three scores in the bottom of the fifth.
Another wild pitch allowed BYU to strike first again in the second contest as Carly Duckworth reached home to make the score 1-0 in the second inning. An SUU error led to three more runs in the third and a solo home run from Sydney Broderick in the fourth stretched the margin to 5-0.
Southern Utah broke through in the fifth inning after Kadi Henderson drew a two-out walk and Madison Resley crushed the first pitch she saw over the wall in right-center field to bring the score to 5-2. The two-run blast marked Resley’s fifth of the season, tying her for the team lead in home runs with Henderson.
The Cougars added three more insurance runs in the sixth and held SUU scoreless in the seventh to take the 8-2 win.
Katie Greenberg (3-5) took the loss for the T-Birds after giving up five runs, only two of which were earned, on eight hits in four innings. Ashley Ostler allowed three more runs while tossing the final two frames. Tori Almond (4-6) struck out five batters over 5.1 innings to earn the win before Bull returned to the circle to take a save to go along with her earlier victory.
BYU spread out 25 hits in the doubleheader, with Manuma and Broderick collecting five apiece. Healey and Wolf each recorded a pair of hits for SUU and Resley led the team with two RBI. Southern Utah stranded eight runners in the second contest.
The Thunderbirds return home this weekend for a single game against Dixie State on Thursday, followed by their final Big Sky home series of the year with North Dakota on Friday and Saturday. Coverage of SUU softball is available online at www.suutbirds.com.