BYU Softball Wins First Big 12 Series On Walk-Off Grand Slam

Mar 29, 2024, 10:49 PM | Updated: Apr 1, 2024, 1:28 pm

PROVO, Utah – BYU softball earned their first-ever Big 12 series victory in memorable fashion.

The Cougars defeated Houston on Friday night in extra innings on a walk-off grand slam. BYU won the series 2-1.

Down 15-13 in the bottom of the 9th inning with one out, preseason All-Big 12 selection Huntyr Ava crushed the pitch into left-center for a walk-off grand slam.

The win improves BYU’s record to 20-13 overall on the season and 4-8 in their inaugural campaign in the Big 12.

BYU softball faced an early 8-0 deficit heading into the bottom of the 1st inning.

BYU Softball defeats Houston for first Big 12 series win

They chipped away at the deficit, thanks to a home run from Violet Zavodnik in the bottom of the first.

In the bottom of the fourth, BYU’s bats came alive with a seven-run inning that featured a pair of home runs from Hailey Morrow and Keila Kamoku, putting the Cougars in blue in front.

Houston responded with four unanswered runs to take a 13-12 lead in the final at-bats in the bottom of the seventh.

BYU pitcher Ailana Agbayani hit a solo home run with two outs to send the game into extra innings. Agbayani won the game on the mound, improving her record this season to 2-0.

But the star of the night was Ava. Ava finished 5-of-6 with five RBIs to give BYU their first Big 12 series win. Ava has six home runs this season with a batting average of .383.

BYU steps out of league play for a weeknight home game against Utah Tech on Tuesday at Gail Miller Field. Then they go back on the road for a three-game series against UCF in Orlando next weekend.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and hosts the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s coverage of BYU in the Big 12 Conference on X: @Mitch_Harper.

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BYU Softball Wins First Big 12 Series On Walk-Off Grand Slam