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The BYU softball team prepares for a game at Gail Miller Field.

The BYU softball team earned the sweep over Pacific after an 11-1 win in Game 3 on Saturday afternoon at Gail Miller Field.

"We played a complete game today," BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. "Our pitching, defense and offense were all exceptional. Every player is playing a valuable role in each win. If we keep being selfless and fighting for each other, I like what I see."

Rylee Jensen led the offense after going 3 for 3, including 3 RBI, one double and a homer. Arissa Paulson earned the win as she tallied four strikeouts and allowed just one run on two hits.

The Cougars' bats were swinging early as Jensen singled up the middle on the first pitch of the game. Taylei Williams reached on a walk and an error let Paulson get on base, resulting in the first run of the game for BYU. Emilee Erickson doubled to left field for another run and after back-to-back walks, the Cougars took an early 3-0 lead after one inning.

In the second inning and with runners on first and second, the Tigers (14-25, 0-6 WCC) scored their first run as a single through the left side sent a player across home plate. Paulson answered in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single to center field to extend BYU's advantage to 4-1.

Lexi Tarrow hit a triple to right field and slid home two batters later, beating a throw to Pacific's catcher. Jensen followed with a two-run blast down the right field line. Libby Sugg doubled in another run to bring the score to 8-1.

Paulson retired the side in order in the fourth inning. A hit by pitch and walk put runners on first and second for BYU and a single by Marissa Chavez tallied the ninth run. Aubrey Paulson stole home after a botched rundown at second and third and a double from Jensen added one more as the Cougars held an 11-1 lead.

A strikeout and consecutive pop ups closed out the top of the fifth inning and ultimately the game as BYU claimed the sweep in the series.

The Cougars (19-19, 6-1 WCC) host Utah Valley on Tuesday and Washington on Wednesday in non-league contests next week.

BYU blanked by Pepperdine

After winning the first two games and the series, BYU baseball dropped its final game of the series against Pepperdine 7-0 on Saturday at Miller Field.

"Pepperdine came out ready to play today," BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. "We were ready to play but came out a little bit passive and didn't have a whole lot of killer instinct today."

The Waves got on the board in the second inning with three hits resulting in three runs. Another double in the fourth put Pepperdine up 4-0.

The Cougars put runners on every inning but the ninth but couldn't string the offense together. In innings three through six, BYU hit into a double play each inning to help Pepperdine pitcher Jonathan Pendergast, who threw a complete game.

BYU starting pitcher Justin Sterner went four innings, retiring with five strikeouts on the day and taking the loss to go to 6-3 on the season.

It was the first time all season that the Cougars had been shut out. BYU hit into double plays in four consecutive innings.

Now with a record of 24-9 and 10-5 in West Coast Conference play, the Cougars are currently a game back of LMU for first place in the league standings.

BYU travels to Washington for a three-game series next week against the Huskies starting at 6 p.m PDT on Thursday.

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