BYU 5, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 0
FORT COLLINS, CO – Chloe Temples had all her pitches working in a big moment on Friday, dealing out a complete-game four-hit shutout for BYU as the Cougars worked past South Dakota State in a semifinal of the 2023 NISC.
BYU (35-16) will play Maryland or Iowa in the championship game.
Temples (9-6) struck out 10 batters and allowed only one walk. She now has 124 strikeouts in 112 innings pitched this season.
After Mallory Barber and Alexis Gilio singled, Ailana Agbayani launched a three-run home run to center field in the top of the third to give BYU a 3-0 lead. In the fourth, Martha Epenesa walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single from Maddie Udall that ticked off the glove after a diving effort from SDSU shortstop Rozelyn Carrillo.
Agbayani added a two-out infield single in the sixth to make it 5-0 as Lauren Flanders scored the run.
Allison Yoder had two hits and a double for the Jackrabbits (39-19).