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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University will travel to Provo tomorrow night and face Brigham Young University in a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m. Fans can watch the second game of the doubleheader, beginning at 6:00 p.m. live on BYUtv.
SUU will enter the game having won five of its last six and with an overall record of 20-14. The Thunderbirds are 4-5 against in-state opponents this season, having swept Utah State and taking two of three games against the Weber State Wildcats. Southern Utah’s other losses have come against Utah Valley and the University of Utah.
Southern Utah was swept by the Cougars in 2011 and haven’t beaten BYU since the 2006 season. However, Tuesday night’s doubleheader will mark the first of two opportunities that the Thunderbirds can snap its unbeaten streak, with Brigham Young also making the trip to Cedar City for a doubleheader on April 24.
Fans can also follow the games tomorrow night via a live stat link that is anticipated to be available online at www.suutbirds.com.
Southern Utah captured its third consecutive Summit League series at home with victories of 5-3 and 9-6 in games two and three against UMKC over the weekend.
Brigham Young University will enter the games tomorrow with an overall record of 21-10, but having lost its last two games.
The Cougars are batting .299 as a team and are led by five players that are batting over the .300 plateau, including two over the .400 mark. Delaney Willard leads the way with a team-best .483 average, 42 hits, nine doubles, 12 home runs and 45 RBI. JC Clayton leads the team in stolen bases with 10 steals on 12 attempts.
BYU’s bullpen carries an ERA of 3.08 as a staff, holding opposing batters to a .258 average at the plate. Hanna Howell has thrown a majority of the innings for the Cougars, leading the team with 98.2 innings pitched, 10 wins and 67 strikeouts. Tori Almond is close behind with 63 strikeouts in only 53.0 innings pitched.
Last time against BYU
Southern Utah was swept by BYU in a trio of games in 2011, including an 8-0 run-rule defeat in St. George on May 10.
Miller Field Memories
In 2011, then freshman Terysa Dyer, hit her first collegiate home run in her first collegiate at bat when the Thunderbirds faced BYU at Miller Park on April 6.