Gail Miller Field was Riley Jensen’s personal playground on Friday.

Jensen – the defending West Coast Conference Player of the Year – hit a pair of solo home runs for BYU and provided the winning run by drawing a bases loaded walk in the sixth for an 8-0 mercy-rule victory against San Diego in Game 1 of three-game series.

The game was delayed for nearly an hour due to nearby lightning.

Jensen, who came into the game hitting .417, homered in her first two at-bats. Libby Sugg followed Jensen’s leadoff home run with a 2-run shot of her own for a quick 3-0 Cougar lead. In the second, Brooke Vander Heide knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly and Jensen’s second round tripper pushed the BYU advantage to 5-0.

“She’s an incredible leadoff hitter,” BYU coach Gordon Eakin told BYUtv during a time out in play. “We’ve had some good leadoff hitters in the past. She does it all. She certainly generates our offense like she’s done today and she’s done it multiple times. She’s very capable of hitting it out of the ballpark, she’s a clutch hitter with runners on base and she can lay the ball down. She’s a tremendous athlete. She made a great catch out here in left field that might be better than her home runs.”

Halle Kyler relieved Delaney Heller in the third inning for San Diego and kept the Cougars scoreless until the sixth. Lexi Tarrow and Mari Chavez each had RBI singles to make the score 7-0. With the bases loaded and two outs, Jensen came to the plate and pushed the count full before fouling off a couple of pitches and drawing the game-winning walk.

Arissa Paulsen earned her 11th win this season by tossing six innings of one-hit ball, striking out five.

BYU moved to 22-20 overall and stayed on top of the WCC with a 6-1 mark. San Diego fell to 19-22 overall and 3-4 in WCC play.

The final game of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT on Saturday.

Game 2: BYU 15, San Diego 2

Game 2 was more of the same as the Cougars sent the Toreros packing in five innings.

Doubles by Emily Erickson and Tarrow were the big hits as BYU scored four runs in the first inning. Taylei Williams and Paulson had RBI singles in the second and Williams had a two-run single in the third for a 9-0 BYU lead.

The Cougars finished with eight runs in the third, including a 3-run homer by Autumn Moffat and a solo shot by Tarrow, to stretch the rout to 15-0.

Williams and Moffat drove in four runs each for the Cougars and Tarrow added three of BYU’s 13 hits.

The Cougars moved to 23-20 overall and stayed on top of the WCC with a 7-1 mark. San Diego fell to 19-23 overall and 3-5 in WCC play.

The final game of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT on Saturday.

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