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BYU softball: top-20 teams await BYU in the Wildcat Invitational this weekend

Following a 2-3 weekend at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic II, BYU softball looks to bounce back in the Wildcat Invitational against four teams, including two top-20 teams, this weekend in Tucson, Arizona.

The Cougars won two games at the Mary Nutter Classic last weekend, beating Bethune-Cookman and Cal State Fullerton. Two of the losses came against top-15 teams UCLA and Missouri.

Junior pitcher McKenna Bull broke the all-time saves record at BYU with her ninth save during the weekend, earning her West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second-straight week.

Mount St. Mary’s | Thursday, March 3, 4 p.m. MST

The Mountaineers (0-5) are on a five-game losing streak to start the season, falling to then-No. 17 Arizona State in all five. Three of the games were in five innings. The Northeast Conference school currently has a .226 batting average and finished with an 11-33 record in 2015.

No. 15 Arizona | Thursday, March 3, 6 p.m. MST, and Friday, March 4, 6 p.m.

Hosting this tournament, the Wildcats (11-3) will have home-field advantage this weekend. In 2015, Arizona advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals with a 41-20 record, falling to LSU. BYU will have two shots to play Arizona, hoping to improve its 0-5 record all-time against the Wildcats.

UTEP | Friday, March 4, 8 p.m. MST

The Miners are currently 6-9 in 2016 with multiple wins against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. UTEP finished with a 14-39 overall record in 2015, including a 9-15 Conference USA mark. The Cougars have faced the Miners just twice, winning both contests.

No. 10 James Madison | Saturday, March 5, 2 p.m. MST

Starting the season hot, the Dukes have a 12-1 record overall. They are currently on a 10-game winning streak with wins against No. 17 UCF, No. 12 Tennessee and No. 3 Auburn. The Colonial Athletic Association team finished 2015 with a 48-10 record and a trip to the NCAA Harrisonburg Regional.

All of the games will be live streamed online and will have live stats available. Links to those can be found on the BYU softball schedule page.