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BYU softball’s season ends with lopsided loss to Virginia Tech in NCAA regional final

The BYU softball team’s run in the NCAA Tournament came to an end Saturday at Farrington Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

BYU lost to Virginia Tech 11-3 in their NCAA Tournament regional final matchup on May 22, 2021.
FILE - BYU lost to Virginia Tech 11-3 in their NCAA Tournament regional final matchup on Saturday, May 22, 2021, ending the Cougars’ season.
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The BYU softball team’s run in the NCAA Tournament came to an end Saturday at Farrington Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

The Cougars fell to No. 21 Virginia Tech 11-3 by mercy rule in the regional final.

“We just struggled to feel the ball and make plays,” said BYU associate head coach Pete Meredith. “You’ve got to tip your hat to them. They’re a good team, they played hard and were the better team today.”

Cougar head coach Gordon Eakin was ejected in the bottom of the first inning after arguing with the umpire over a controversial play at the plate that resulted in the Hokies taking a 2-0 lead.

Virginia Tech extended its lead to 8-0 in the fourth inning.

BYU’s Huntyr Ava drilled a three-run home run in the fifth inning to put the Cougars on the scoreboard.

With the victory, Virginia Tech advances to the Super Regional next week. BYU has reached the Super Regionals once, in 2010.

The Cougars finished the season with a 38-17 record after posting a 2-2 record in the Tempe Regional.