PROVO, Utah (May 18, 2007) - BYU (43-19) head to the NCAA Tournament Regional Championship Saturday at noon after defeating Southern Utah Friday night at Miller Park.
In a come from behind win, the Cougars beat the Thunderbirds 10-5, totaling 15 hits and five fielding errors.
"We just went through the motions," BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. "It's very disappointing because it's almost like we thought we could show up and win. Southern Utah had been playing good ball, and you gotta give them credit."
SUU took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Thunderbird lead-off batter Marci Pratt scored on a throwing error from the Cougar second baseman.
BYU answered back when Jennifer Whiteley scored in the third inning to tie the ball game 1-1. Whiteley singled to left field and advanced to third on a double from Jodi Norton. Whiteley reached home on a throwing error from SUU's second baseman.
The Thunderbirds took the lead again in the bottom of the third when they scored three runs off of two BYU errors and one passed ball. Winning pitcher Christina Gwyn came in to relieve Christie Zinanati after two runs had scored.
The Cougars took their first lead of the game in the top of the fifth inning. Andrea Ramirez tied the game when she singled to right field to bring in Whiteley from second.
Daniela Urincho-Snow got the go-ahead run when she hit a two-run bomb over the left field fence to clear the bases.
"I didn't want this to be the seniors' last game," Urincho-Snow said after the game.
BYU scored two insurance runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh inning.
BYU advances to the Championship game, the furthest the school has ever gone in postseason play, after falling to ASU 7-1 earlier Friday. ASU pitcher Katie Burkhart had a perfect game going into the bottom of the seventh inning, until BYU hit three singles and scored one run.
"We really do have nothing to lose," Eakin said. "We've already forged new ground as a program, but we want to win."