Delaney Willard Athlete Profile

#28 Delaney Willard

Position: Outfielder Height: 5-7 Roster Years: 2009-2012 Hometown: Camarillo, CA Last School: Adolfo Camarillo High School

Personal

  • Daughter of Jack and Tina Willard
  • Born in Camarillo, CA
  • Has two younger sisters
  • Coached by her father in high school
  • Favorite athlete is Andre Eithier
  • Favorite team is Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Loves Bruce Springsteen
  • Majoring in history with a minor in communications

Before BYU

  • Prepped at Adolfo Camarillo High
  • Was a four-year letter winner
  • Named school female athlete of the year in 2008
  • Named Pacific League MVP in 2007 and was Pacific View League First Team in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008
  • Named All-CIF First Team in 2007 and 2008
  • Named Cal HiSports.com All-State First Team in 2008
  • Once hit two grand slams in one inning

2009 | Freshman Year

  • Appeared in 32 games and started 19
  • Completed a batting average of .210 and a on-base percentage of .290
  • Tallied 13 hits, 3 doubles, 8 RBI's, walked 7 times and stole 3 bases
  • Helped the Cougars to victory by playing various positions ranging from pinch runner to the outfield

2010 | Sophomore Year

  • Played in 53 games, starting 48
  • Fourth on the team with 9 multiple-RBI games
  • Had two hits and the team's only RBI against Arizona in game one of the NCAA Super Regional
  • Hit two singles and added 1 RBI, 1 stolen base and 1 run against East Carolina in the NCAA Regional championship
  • Had 1 hit and 1 run against Texas in the NCAA Regional
  • Hit a triple in game one of a doubleheader at Southern Utah (5/4)
  • Hit a double and had 2 runs and 1 stolen base, going 2-for-2 against Colorado State (4/29)
  • Had 2 hits and 2 RBI in game one against Idaho State (4/27) and added 3 walks and 2 runs in game two of the doubleheader
  • Brought in all 4 runs in a win over SDSU (4/24), hitting a homer and a triple
  • Hit a home run at New Mexico (4/15), ending with 3 RBI with 1 run, 1 hit, 1 walk and 1 stolen base
  • Hit a double, going 3-for-5 with 1 RBI at UVU (4/13)
  • Hit a home run and a double against Loyola Marymount (4/2), with 2 RBI and 2 runs
  • Had a solo home run against No. 9 Stanford (3/26)
  • Brought home the game-winning runs with a 2-RBI single against Illinois-Chicago (2/20)
  • Hit a home run against No. 9 Georgia Tech (2/19) with 2 RBI and 2 runs
  • Hit a home run, going 2-for-2 with 4 RBI, 2 walks and 2 runs against San Jose State (2/11)

2011 | Junior Year

  • Played in 54 games, starting in 51
  • Fourth in the MWC in RBI (42), fifth in home runs (11) and 10th in slugging percentage (.566)
  • Had 1 double, 1 run and 1 RBI vs. Utah in the regular season finale
  • Scored 3 runs with 3 hits and 2 RBI at Colorado State
  • Hit a home run at Utah Valley, earning 2 RBI and scoring 2 runs
  • Hit a home run and a single vs. North Dakota State with 3 RBI, 1 run and 1 stolen base
  • Hit the first grand slam of her career against New Mexico, a walk off to end the game in six innings, to finish with 4 RBI, 2 hits and 1 run
  • Recorded a triple and a single, bringing in 2 RBI and scoring 2 runs vs. Utah Valley
  • Hit a home run in her fourth-straight game vs. SUU, scoring 1 run with 2 RBI
  • Hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning vs. SUU, finishing 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, 1 run and 1 walk
  • Hit 2-for-3 with 4 RBI, 3 runs, 1 walk with a double and a home run vs. Loyola Marymount
  • Went 2-for-3 vs. Seattle, adding 3 runs, 2 RBI and a career-best 2 home runs
  • Had an RBI vs. No. 9 UCLA
  • Hit a solo home run vs. Ohio State
  • Hit a home run against Cal Poly, totaling 2 RBI, 1 run and 1 walk
  • Hit a double and brought in 3 RBI against No. 19 Texas A&M .
  • Hit first home run of the season against Texas Tech in the seventh inning to force extra innings, finishing with 2 RBI and 1 run

2012 | Senior Year

  • NFCA First-Team All-American
  • Easton First-Team All-American
  • National Player of the Year Top-25 Finalist
  • WAC Player of the Year
  • NFCA All-Region First Team
  • All-WAC First Team
  • All-WAC Tournament Team
  • Named Team MVP by the BYU coaching staff
  • Only player in the nation ranked in the top-25 in nine different national batting categories (final regular season):
    #2 RBI (83)
    #2 RBI per game (1.57)
    #6 Slugging percentage (.904)
    #13 Hits (68)
    #13 Home runs (18)
    #15 Batting average (.436)
    #17 Home runs per game (0.34)
    #23 Doubles (15)
    #24 On base percentage (.521)
  • Only one other player in NCAA history in the last 14 years posted a better single season mark of 1.54 RBI per game, the 11th-best mark all-time overall
  • No one in NCAA history hit more RBI (88) in fewer games played (57) in a single season
  • Brought in 88 RBI, the 14th-most all-time in NCAA history
  • Had one of the best hitting seasons in BYU history, finishing in the program's single season top-10 in RBI per game (1st, 1.54), RBI (2nd, 88), doubles (2nd, 17), grand slams (3rd, 2), total bases (4th, 146), slugging percentage (5th, .859), on base percentage (5th, .505), batting average (6th, .418), home runs (7th, 18) and hits (9th, 71)
  • Finished her career in the top-10 in 7 BYU career records, including grand slams (2nd, 4), RBI (6th, 171), slugging percentage (6th, .613), home runs (9th, 35), on base percentage (10th, .419), doubles (10th, 35) and walks (10th, 81)
  • Hit a home run in 4-straight games early in the season, becoming the first player in NCAA history to have two such streaks in a career
  • Broke 14-year-old WAC single season RBI record of 77 with a 3-run home run at Nevada
  • Also broke the WAC record for best RBI per game average in a season at 1.54
  • WAC leader in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, RBI, doubles, home runs, total bases, doubles per game, homers per game and RBI per game
  • Hit 7 home runs in first 10 games of the season, six of which were against NCAA Tournament teams
  • Had 13-game and 11-game hit streaks
  • Hit a walk-off, 3-run homer, her second home run of the game, to defeat New Mexico State and finish with 5 RBI
  • Hit 4 for 4 with a home run and a double against Texas State
  • Hit two grand slams on the year (Cal State Northridge, Purdue)