Morrow helps BYU to doubleheader split at LMU
LOS ANGELES — BYU softball split a doubleheader against Loyola Marymount at Smith field on Saturday afternoon, dropping game one, 5-2, before winning the second game by the same score.
Game 1: LMU 5 | BYU 2
Tied after the first two innings, LMU scored a run in the third inning and two more in the fourth to pull away. BYU was held scoreless the final five innings, recording just four hits to the Lions’ 10.
- Maddie Bejarano: 2-2, HR, RBI
- Martha Epenesa: 1-3, HR, RBI
Maddie Bejarano got things going for the Cougars early, hammering a one-out homer over the fence in right center to put BYU ahead 1-0 in the top of the first. The solo shot was her second of the season.
LMU answered back in its half of the first inning with a leadoff double to left field before a two-run home run to center put the Lions in front at 2-1.
Leading off in the top of the second, Martha Epenesa drove her 1-0 pitch sailing over the left field fence, evening the score at 2-2.
Loading the bases after a pair of two-out walks in the bottom of the third, LMU landed an infield single that plated a run and allowed the Lions to retake the lead, 3-2.
LMU strung together three base hits to go with a leadoff walk in the fourth, going ahead 5-2 after scoring two more runs. The Lions loaded the bases in the inning, but relief pitcher Ailana Agbayani got a swinging strikeout to get the Cougars out of the jam.
After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, BYU was down to its final three outs in the top of the seventh, and three strikeouts would seal the 5-2 loss.
Game 2: BYU 5 | LMU 2
Hailey Morrow broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh with a game-winning three-run home run.
- Hailey Morrow: 2-2, 2 R, 3 RBI
- Tristen Turlington: 1-3, RBI
- Ailana Agbayani: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 K
BYU got on board first in the top of the second as Morrow drew a leadoff walk and Breezy Hayward reached on a fielder’s choice. Huntyr Ava singled off the center field wall, and Tristen Turlington reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Morrow for a 1-0 lead.
LMU answered in its half of the second, earning a two-out walk and singling just off of Turlington’s glove at second to bring in a run and tie the game at 1-1.
The Lions took the lead in the bottom of the third, leading off with two-consecutive singles and scoring on a wild pitch to go ahead 2-1.
The Cougars tied things back up in the fifth, with Lauren Flanders bunting and reaching on a fielder’s choice. She moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a groundout, coming home to score on another wild pitch, knotting the game at 2-2 midway through the fifth.
BYU loaded the bases in the sixth on a Martha Epenesa double, Morrow walk and Ava hit-by-pitch, but two strikeouts would leave the runner stranded.
LMU also loaded the bases in its half of the sixth inning and sent a ball deep to left field, but Bejarano hauled it in right at the wall to keep the game tied.
Facing two outs in the top of the seventh, both Bejarano and Epenesa drew walks, bringing up Morrow, who launched a towering three-run shot over the left field wall, giving the Cougars a 5-2 advantage.
BYU retired the first two Lions before LMU got a two-out single, but a groundout on the next at-bat shut down any potential rally for the Lions.
The Cougars will return to the state of Utah next week for a couple of early-week games. BYU will first host No. 5 Stanford on Monday, April 17 at 1 p.m. MDT before visiting Utah Valley on Wednesday, April 19 at 4 p.m.
BYU softball will hold walk-on tryouts at Gail Miller Field on Friday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. MDT.