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Cougars still perfect after sweeping SLCC

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PROVO — In their first fall home game at Miller Park, the BYU women's softball team swept Salt Lake Community College in two games Wednesday to improve its fall exhibition season record to 5-0.

The Cougars controlled the game with solid pitching and defense, only giving up two runs in the doubleheader.

"Overall, I was pleased with the games," coach Gordon Eakin said. "We were able to improve our pitching, defense, and play a lot of players."

The first game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when junior Lauren Waton singled with two outs to start the scoring frenzy. Sophomore Ianeta Le'i followed with a two-run homer. Sophomores Paige Paramore and Ashlyn Russell both singled and teammate Nikki Andersen tripled, driving in pinch runner Ariel Capra and Russell. Andersen scored the fifth run off an overthrown pitch at home plate. Senior Kate Walker and junior Milli Jones kept the team alive by both singling and junior Debbie Dodds was walked. With the bases loaded, freshman Krystal Chamberlain doubled to bring in two runs to make the score 7-0.

The Cougars didn't add any runs after the third, but they continued to maintain their solid pitching and defense to hold the Bruins scoreless.

In the second game, Boyce started the game on the mound and the Cougars held the Bruins to no runs in the first inning.

BYU put two runs on the board, one from Watson in the bottom of the second and one from Dodds in the bottom of the third (2-0).

The Bruins scored one run in the top of the fifth, and the Cougars brought in four runs from Whiteley, Andersen, Young and Jones in the bottom of the sixth inning to make the score 8-2.

The Cougars host Snow College at 5 p.m. on Sept. 30 at Miller Park.