SALT LAKE CITY — After suffering a heartbreaking defeat to Utah in the final inning Friday afternoon, BYU bounced back strong hours later, taking out its frustrations on Fordham, 12-1, in an elimination game at Dumke Family Stadium in the NCAA regionals.
“I was proud of the team for being resilient through the tough loss to Utah,” said BYU coach Gordon Eakin. “That’s not easy to do, to be able to regain your composure and come out and play a solid game. They did that.”
As a result, the Cougars have earned a rematch with the Utes Saturday (2 p.m. MDT) in the NCAA regional finals.
If BYU can manage to beat Utah Saturday afternoon, the two rivals would meet one more time for the regional championship Saturday night. The Cougars must knock off the Utes twice to keep their season alive.
Each of the last three meetings between the two teams have been decided by one run.
“It’s going to be another high-energy game. Another battle, I’m sure,” Eakin said. “I don’t know if it will be a one-run game, but we have to pitch well, we have to defend well and we’ve got to string some hits together.”
Between games Friday, the Cougars held a team meeting and discussed what was at stake.
“We talked it out. We had a huddle. We didn’t want our season to end this weekend. We want to keep playing. We want to go farther than this,” said BYU catcher Libby Sugg, who went 3 of 3 and knocked in four runs against Fordham. “We were definitely a little disappointed after the first game. We always want to win. But we came together and said, ‘we’re going to play loose, we’re going to take our hacks.’”
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