BYU rode two big innings and a shutdown performance by pitcher McKenna Bull to win the first game of the 2017 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge over Nebraska in a mercy-rule game that went 4 ½ innings.
In the first game of the entire college softball schedule, the Cougars (1-0) scored five runs in the second inning and five more in the third – Libby Sugg launched a three-run homer to centerfield in the second and closed with five RBI on the day. Ashley Thompson drove in three runs, and freshman Rylee Jensen started her career with a bang at the leadoff spot, notching four hits and three runs.
Bull allowed just one hit, a home run by Austen Urness with two outs in the fourth inning. She walked one batter and struck out six.
Nebraska starting pitcher Kaylan Jablonski had some bad luck in the early going as several softly hit balls went as hits, but later on the Cougars were squaring up the ball to fuel those big innings. Nebraska (0-1) used three pitchers overall.