Bull leads Cougars to win in her hometown
OGDEN -- Freshman pitcher McKenna Bull earned the victory in her hometown, leading BYU to a 6-1 winover in-state rival Weber State.
“It was another solid win for us,” BYU coach Gordon Eakin said. “We played a complete game and did a nice job to get the win today. We just need to continue this momentum.”
Bull (13-9) pitched six innings and struck out eight batters while allowing only one earned run. Bull now has 159 strikeouts on the season, passing teammate Tori Almond for the eighth-best strikeout season at BYU. Almond entered in relief of Bull in the seventh and struck out all three batters she faced. Freshman second baseman McKenzie St. Clair led BYU (25-21, 6-2 WCC) at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI.
The Cougars put the Wildcats (20-24, 2-9 Big Sky) away early with the first three batters loading the bases for Katie Manuma. Manuma then hit a sharp grounder to third and the throw to home sailed high to allow Sydney Broderick and Lauren Bell to score and give BYU the 2-0 lead. After Ashley Thompson reached on a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners, St. Clair singled to center field to make it 3-0 in favor of the Cougars.