PROVO -- McKenzie St. Clair's two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth with the bases loaded helped BYU softball defeat St. Mary’s 3-0 and sweep the series on senior day Saturday.
"It was nice to be able to finish out the season with the sweep today," BYU coach Gordon Eakin. "I'm grateful to the seniors on this team for representing BYU the way they have and the way they do, and finishing the regular season strong. We know we can compete with anybody and the way we finished out and the roll that we're on is important for us to be successfull in the postseason."
BYU (33-21, 12-2 WCC) is riding a 15-game winning streak heading into the NCAA tournament for the 10th consecutive year. Freshmen Lauren Bell and McKenzie St. Clair each finished the day 2-for-3 and Bell's last hit put the winning run on base. Tori Almond pitched all seven innings, allowed three hits and no runs, while striking out seven to get the win.
Saint Mary's (23-27, 8-7) got out of some jams in the second and third innings, It wasn't until the sixth that the Cougars got on the board. Lauren Bell singled and Mercedes O'Connor was hit by a pitch. Katie Manuma walked, and St. Clair singled to right to score two. Carly Duckworth's single added an insurance run.
Following their conference title, the Cougars will enter the NCAA Regionals on May 15-17. The NCAA Selection Show is today at 8 p.m. MST on ESPNU.
BASEBALL: At Provo, the Cougars couldn’t hold on against Santa Clara on Senior Day, falling 5-1 in thier home finale at Larry H. Miller Field.
"It just was one of those days," BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. "It was tough to score runs, but I liked the way we came out and competed. This was a pretty good baseball game today. We didn't see the great Kolton Mahoney, we saw the OK Kolton Mahoney. As I look back, we walked their eight and nine hitters probably five, six, seven times during this series, and we did the same thing today. Those little things just really, really hurt us."BYU fell 19-30 overall and 9-15 in WCC play. Santa Clara is 24-17, 14-10.
Jarrett Jarvis had BYU's only RBI. BYU heads north to Salt Lake City on Tuesday for the final game of the Deseret First Duel against Utah at 7 p.m.
WOMEN'S GOLF: At Cle Elum, Wash., freshman Alexandra White finished tied in 44th place and fell short of advancing to the NCAA Tournament at the NCAA West Regionals at Tumble Creek Club.
"I thought she played better than she scored, but I thought there were a lot of positives," BYU women's golf coach Carrie Roberts said. "You can't beat experience."
White finished second among individuals at 15-over-par, one stroke ahead of UTSA's third-place Fabiola Arriaga, and trailed CSU-Northridge's first-place Clariss Guce by 10 strokes. White went 7-over-par on the day.
TRACK: At Charlottesville, Va., Jared Ward and Curtis Carr led the way for the BYU track teams, as Ward won the 5,000 meters Invitationals (13:52.44) and Carr won the 3,000m steeplechase Invitational (8:51.03) on the final day of the Virginia Challenge.
Other top performances were, for the men, the 4x100m relay team (third, 41.25), the 4x400m relay team (fourth, 3:11.34), Craigh Merkley (fourth, shot put, 52-4), Travis Fuller (fourth, 3,000m steeplechase invitational, 9:04.95) and Jackson Walker (fifth, 6,533) and Brian Matthews (sixth, 6,503) in the decathlon.
For the women, the 4x100m relay team was second (47.18), the 4x400m relay team was third (3:46.14), Rachel McQuivey was third in the long jump (18-8.75) and Elizabeth Wilson was fourth (4,845), Nicole Laws sixth (47.50) and Erin Murphy seventh (4,609) in the heptathlon.