STOCKTON, Calif. – BYU softball utilized four home runs to defeat Pacific 3-2 in the first game and 8-0 to finish the doubleheader sweep on Friday.
“Obviously these two wins were huge for our program and our chances to win the conference this year," BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. "The team played great in both games and both Tori [Almond] and McKenna [Bull] were lights out on the mound to set the tone for us.”
Katie Manuma, Gordy Bravo, Ashley Thompson and Mercedes O’Connor each homered for BYU (27-21, 8-2 WCC) to drive in all 11 runs. Sydney Broderick led off both games with a single up the middle to extend her hitting streak to 14 games. The streak is tied with Ianeta Le’i for the eighth longest in school history.
Almond (7-6) earned the win over Pacific (20-27, 8-6 WCC) in the first game, allowing only three hits in five innings pitched. Bull (14-9) did not allow a hit in the final two innings of game one to earn the save before pitching a one-hit complete-game shutout in the second.
In the first game, Manuma hit a three-run homer in the first inning to give BYU all the runs it would need.
In the second game, Bravo hit a two-run homer in the first to get the Cougars going, and Thompson added a three-run shot in the same frame for a 5-0 BYU lead. O'Connor had a three-run shot in the fourth to end the BYU scoring.