PUERTO VALLARTA, Mex. – The No. 13 Huskies fell to Brigham Young University, 4-2, Friday night in day two of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
A late hitting frenzy by the Cougars led to loss after the Huskies led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Schreyer (0-1), pitched until the sixth inning when she was relieved by freshman Samantha Manti.
Washington stepped up to the plate in the top of the first inning as the night’s visiting team. Taylor Van Zee (0-for-3) reached first with a walk by BYU pitcher Makenna Bull. In the bottom half of the frame, the Cougars put themselves on the board early after a runner from third stole home.
With the score at 1-0, BYU, the Huskies attempted to equalize the score in the top of the second. Morganne Flores (2-for-3) and Julia DePonte (2-for-3) both singled but were unable to reach home before three outs. BYU’s offense went three-up, three-down with two pop-ups and a strikeout.
The momentum picked up in the fourth inning when DePonte hit a double up the middle brining pinch runner Kaija Gibson home from second. The Dawgs went into the bottom of the fourth tied with the Cougars at 1-1. The offensive momentum carried to the defense after the Purple and Gold held the Cougars to one run. Schreyer struck out one batter, DePonte tagged out a sacrifice bunter and the final batter of the inning lined out to centerfield.
Remaining tied through the fifth inning, Casey Stangel (1-for-2) gave the Huskies the lead in the top of the sixth with a solo home run, the first home run for the 2017 season. Flores singled immediately after, and Kirstyn Thomas entered the game as a pinch runner. She was left on base after a pop fly from Rachel Ogasawara (0-for-3).
In the bottom of the sixth inning the Cougars offense exploded and Manti entered the circle for the first time in her Husky career. However, the team was unable to put a stop to the Cougars. The Blue and White earned three runs off two hits giving them a 4-2 lead.
In the final inning of the game, the Huskies tried to rally to equalize the score once again but fell short. Trysten Melhart (2-for-4) hit a single and immediately following, stole second while Van Zee was at the plate. With two outs left in the game, Kelly Burdick (0-for-3) stepped up but grounded out to end the game.
The Huskies finish their campaign in Puerto Vallarta tomorrow, Feb. 11 with a double-header against Nebraska at 12:30 p.m. and No. 1 Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m. PT.