BYU came into the first game of the Tempe Regional hot.
Senior Rylee Jensen opened the game with a lead-off solo home run, trying to set the tone in favor of the Cougars. But BYU’s bats were pretty quiet the remainder of the game until the final inning.
and Virginia Tech ran away with the win, 5-1, on Thursday at the Alberta B. Farrington Softball Stadium.
The Cougars will now face the loser of the No. 15 Arizona State-Southern Illinois game, which was played later Thursday, at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The Hokies are set to play the winner.
Virginia Tech pitcher Keely Rochard held the Cougars to just three hits, walked four batters and gave up thee bases on hit by pitches. However, the ACC Pitcher of the Year also struck out seven batters.
BYU starting pitcher Autumn Moffat-Korth allowed 12 hits, five runs (four of them earned) and walked one batter, while only getting one strike out in 5.2 innings.
In the top of the seventh, with two runners on base and just one out, Jensen went up to bat to try to keep the game alive. The senior got walked, filling up the bases, and HannahJo Peterson was able to bring in a runner on a fielder’s choice.
But it wasn’t enough to dig themselves out of the hole they got in earlier, and the Cougars fell to the Hokies.
This story will be updated.