Freshman Kylee Wolf had four hits in the two games
SUU Strategic Communications

Thunderbirds Come Up Empty at BYU

April 30, 2013
By SUU Strategic Communication
PROVO, Utah, April 30 – Southern Utah (16-32, 9-6 BSC) ended its regular season with a pair of losses in a doubleheader at BYU (28-23, 15-5 PCSC) on Tuesday. The Thunderbirds were held scoreless on the day as the Cougars took both games by a final score of 8-0.

Southern Utah had a chance to jump out in front early in the opening game after loading up the bases with just one out in the top of the first, but the Cougars were able to come up with back-to-back fly balls to get out of the inning unscathed.

BYU capitalized on an SUU fielding error in the third inning to put three runs on the board after the Thunderbirds missed a chance to record the final out on a dropped foul ball. Alexandra Shamo-Hudson walked in the first score and Coco Tauali’i added two more RBI with a base hit to left center to put the Cougars up 3-0.

The home team tacked on three more runs over the next two innings to extend its advantage to 6-0. Tauali’i then drove in another score in the bottom of the sixth before Madisen Robb hit a walk-off RBI single back up the middle to end the game with the tally at 8-0.

Ariel Zimmerman (10-18) took the loss for the Thunderbirds after allowing four unearned runs in 3.1 innings while Hannah Howell (12-14) tossed 5.2 scoreless innings to earn the win.

The BYU offense started the second matchup with five more runs on six hits in the first inning to build a 5-0 lead. A pair of RBI doubles and another score for Tauali’i in the fourth would put the Cougars up 8-0 once again. They then held off the Thunderbirds in the top of the fifth to take their second win of the day.

Danielle Axe (3-10) gave up eight runs over four innings in defeat while Tori Almond (9-6) pitched four scoreless frames to take the win for BYU.

Freshman Kylee Wolf led Southern Utah at the plate, collecting four hits in six at bats. Mikkel Griffin was the only other Thunderbird to come up with multiple hits on the day, turning in a single and a double for SUU.

Southern Utah now gets set to make the trip to the first ever Big Sky Conference Softball Tournament on May 9-11. The Thunderbirds will find out their opening round matchup and the tournament site this weekend after the rest of the league finishes out the regular season. Final conference standings and tournament information and matchups will be available at