BYU’s productivity with two outs powered the Cougars to a 9-1 win over the University of Hawaii softball team in the opening game of the DeMarini Desert Classic today in Las Vegas, Nev.
BYU drove in seven runs with two outs and McKenna Bull earned a complete-game victory for the Cougars (4-2). Bull gave up seven hits, walked four and struck out nine to send UH (4-3) to its third straight loss.
UH took the lead in the bottom of the first inning on Nicole Lopez’s RBI double to score Sarah Muzik. But BYU jumped ahead in the top of the second on Caitlyn Larsen’s two-out, two-run single.
The Cougars added single runs in the third and fourth innings and pulled away with Alexa Strid’s two-run homer in the sixth and Larsen’s two-run shot in the seventh.
UH starter Brittany Hitchcock gave up four runs on nine hits in four innings and took the loss.
The UH offense left the bases loaded in the fourth and fifth innings and stranded 11 runners in the game, finishing 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
The tournament continues Friday with UH taking on Wichita State and Oregon State.