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Now Batting: Briielle Breland

Jan 11, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:42 pm | Updated: January 11, 2017 3:49 pm | Permalink

Each Wednesday until the season opener on Feb. 9, one of five new players on this year's softball roster will be featured on the blog. Check back every Wednesday to meet the newcomers.

Briielle Breland
Junior infielder

Why did you come to BYU?
I came to BYU because I am a new member of the church. I just got baptized last November. I was playing at another college (Grand Canyon) and I needed a better environment, so I came to BYU.

When did you start playing softball?
I started when I was four years old. My mom played, so she put me in it. Then I loved it and have played ever since.

What is your favorite softball memory?
With my club team we won the national championship in back-to-back years.

Who do you look up to in sports?
I really like Brandon Crawford form the San Francisco Giants. They are my team and he is a really good shortstop. Other than that, Hunter Pence because he is a weirdo.

Do you have any pregame rituals?
I am literally the most superstitious person ever. There is literally not enough time to tell them all. One is whenever I start warming up throwing, I have to take my partner’s glove on the line open, and I throw the ball into an empty glove. In the batter’s box and in-between every inning I do things too.

Other than softball, what is your favorite sport?
Volleyball. I played volleyball all throughout high school. If I had started volleyball the same time I started softball, I probably would’ve stuck with volleyball because I love it so much.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A New Zealand and Australia trip. I really like the outdoors, and they have that kind of lifestyle, so that’s where I would like to go.

What is your dream job?
To be a dentist. That is what I’m going to school for. Or a dental hygienist. My major is exercise science. I want to go to dental school after I graduate.

What is your favorite thing about BYU aside from softball?
It is something I both like and dislike, but the location. I’ve never lived in snow or near mountains. Arizona is just flat and brown and dry, so this is different.

Pete Meredith inducted into National Softball Hall of Fame over the weekend

Nov 14, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 12:11 pm | Updated: November 14, 2016 1:49 pm | Permalink

BYU softball assistant coach Pete Meredith was one of eight individuals to be officially inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame, softball's highest honor, on Saturday night. The event took place at the 36th annual celebration at the Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. 

The 2016 class includes Ken Eriksen, Jennie Finch, Harry Haroian, Peter Meredith, John Nelson, Tom Penders, Terry Petersen and Mick Renneisen.

Meredith is one of the greatest pitchers in the history of Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball. He is a 12-time ASA All-American, four-time member of Team USA and holds the record for most wins in ASA/USA Championship play (55-27). He pitched the U.S. to a gold medal at the 1998 World Championship and won silver at 1995 Pan American Games.

As a coach, Meredith has been at BYU since 2014. Primarily in charge of pitchers, he has coached Tori Almond and McKenna Bull, who have both broken multiple BYU pitching records in their time as a Cougar.

Read more about the inductees at the Team USA website.

Silent auction to be held during fall softball games

Sep 28, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:25 am | Updated: September 28, 2016 11:34 am | Permalink

During BYU softball’s fall games, there will be a silent auction involving game helmets that fans can bid on.

The helmets are game helmets for hitters and, there are home plates for the pitchers. All items have the award stickers on them from the 2016 season and have been autographed.

At each fall game, the items will be on a table to bid on. They will be sold to the highest bidder on October 15 with the money going to charity.

For information on the fall schedule, head to the BYU softball schedule page. The first game is on Thursday against Snow College at 7 p.m. MDT.

Bravo to play with Team Mexico for third year

Jul 05, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:07 am | Updated: July 5, 2016 11:13 am | Permalink

For the third year in a row, Gordy Bravo will play for the Mexican National Team this summer, playing in two tournaments in July.

From July 5-10, Bravo and Team Mexico will participate in the U.S. World Cup of Softball XI in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mexico will face off against China, USA, Japan, Czech Republic, Canada and New Zealand.

Dates, times and locations of the games can be found at the official website for the World Cup, along with live streaming options.

The other tournament Mexico will play in is the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Softball Championship in Surrey, British Columbia, starting July 15. Mexico will play Australia, Serbia and Switzerland. Games after that will be determined on results.

Information on the WBSC Championship can be found on its home page.

Bravo, a centerfielder from Corona, California, recently completed her collegiate career at BYU. The 2015 West Coast Conference Player of the Year capped off her time as a Cougar by marking her name in the record books. In her BYU career, she is fourth in batting average (.368), seventh in runs (141) and sixth in hits (238).

Bravo recently visited BYU Sports Nation to preview the summer with Team Mexico.

Bravo shines as Mexico finishes World Cup of Softball

Jul 06, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 10:40 am | Updated: July 7, 2015 2:35 pm | Permalink

IRVINE, Calif. – BYU center fielder Gordy Bravo wrapped up action at the World Cup of Softball X as Mexico finished in sixth place with a 6-5 loss to the USA Junior Women’s Team Sunday, trying to avenge a 10-3 setback just a day earlier.

Bravo, the reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Year, finished the tournament with a .385 batting average and a .500 on-base percentage, collecting five hits, scoring three runs, drawing three walks and driving in two runs.

Mexico picked up three wins in a row beginning with a 9-3 victory over Venezuela last Wednesday. The team then beat Argentina 3-2 and Puerto Rico 4-2.

In the final four games of the tournament, Bravo hit 5-for10 with two runs scored and two RBI, including an RBI single for Mexico’s early 2-0 lead in the top of the second of the July 5th game.

Bravo contributes two hits as Mexico wins 9-3 over Venezuela

Jul 01, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 3:19 pm | Updated: July 1, 2015 3:21 pm | Permalink

IRVINE, Calif. – BYU center fielder Gordy Bravo helped Mexico pick up its first win in the World Cup of Softball X Wednesday.

Bravo collected her first hit of the tournament as she went 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI.

Her first single of the game came on a 3-0 pitch, scoring Oregon's Koral Costa for the 3-1 Mexico lead.

Venezuela came back to tie it heading to the bottom of the sixth. A solo home run, a two-run double and a three-run home run put the game out of reach to seal the 9-3 win for Mexico. Bravo also had an infield single to the shortstop in the bottom of the sixth.

Mexico continues play in the World Cup of Softball with a game against Argentina Thursday at 2 p.m. PDT.

For live stats and video for every game of the tournament, visit teamusa.org.

Bravo, Bull and Broderick earn NFCA All-Pacific Region

May 14, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 11:51 am | Updated: May 18, 2015 10:55 am | Permalink

BYU softball’s Gordy Bravo, McKenna Bull and Sydney Broderick were all named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Pacific Region Third Team Thursday.

Bravo played a major role in centerfield and hitting in the leadoff spot. She recorded a .444 batting average with 76 hits and 51 runs scored. She notched nine doubles, two triples, four home runs and 101 total bases while driving in 30 runs, leading the Cougars in on-base percentage (.510) and ranking second in slugging (.591).

The ace pitcher Bull recorded one of the most productive seasons in BYU history. She posted a 34-9 record with a 2.31 ERA while appearing in 46 games with 29 complete games including eight shutouts. Opponents had a .227 average against her as she tallied 256 strikeouts during the regular season. Ranking in the top five in the nation, Bull set the school mark for most victories in a single season by breaking former Cougar pitcher Paige Affleck’s 2010 mark of 32.

The catcher Broderick contributed behind the plate in Bull’s productive season. She hit .358 with 12 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and a team-leading 44 RBI. She also posted a .599 slugging percentage and caught nine runners stealing.

View the full list of All-Region honorees on the NFCA website.

Last weekend of WCC play, NCAA Selection Sunday on horizon

May 07, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 9:17 pm | Updated: May 7, 2015 9:31 pm | Permalink

After catching a morning flight to LAX, BYU softball arrived in Southern California ahead of its games against Loyola Marymount University in its final West Coast Conference series.

The Cougars shook the rust off at Smith Field on the beautiful LMU campus with some fielding and hitting work before the clouds gave way to rain.

Game one against the Lions will be streamed live Friday at noon PDT on The W.tv.

Things to watch for:

Team Records

  • At 38-10, BYU has a chance to reach 40 wins for the ninth time in school history and for the first time since the 2012.
  • The Cougars are hitting .338 as a team which is barely second to the average posted during the 2010 campaign.

Individual Marks

  • Pitcher McKenna Bull last Tuesday set the single-season record for victories (33) in the shutout win over UVU. She has eight shutouts on the season, tied with Summer Tobias (2008) for most in a single season.
  • Gordy Bravo is hitting a personal-best .464 from the plate. The top single-season batting average in BYU history was recorded by Oli Keohohou in 2001 with a .458 clip.
  • Lacey Hofstedt could tie her single-season stolen base record. The senior has 23 on the season, closing in on the program record she set in 2013 with 25 bases stolen.

NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday

After its seventh conference championship in a row, BYU softball will learn of its regional postseason destination on the NCAA Softball Selection Special Presented by Capital One Sunday at 10 p.m. EDT on ESPNU.





Traveling to Northern California and ICYMI

Apr 02, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 9:13 pm | Updated: April 2, 2015 10:33 pm | Permalink

Traveling to Northern California

BYU softball departed Miller Park Thursday en route to Moraga, California, to face Saint Mary's in its first 2015 West Coast Conference series this weekend.

Prior to landing in Oakland, the Cougars flew on a plane that happened to be co-piloted by a former BYU football player.

The plane took off on time, avoiding the 5 p.m. no-fly zone before the President of the United States was set to land in Utah.

Before calling it a night, the team got some batting practice in ahead of tomorrow's game against the Gaels.


The WCC's network, TheW.tv, released a video about the Cougars on the eve of conference play. Watch it here.

Wednesday night the BYU Athletic Department held its annual Y Awards to honor and show appreciation for the athletes. Sydney Broderick was nominated for Female Rookie of the Year and Lacey Hofstedt was up for the Cougar Club Memorial Award.

Later in the evening's program, Hofstedt garnered the "Play of the Year" award for her inside-the-park grand slam against No. 2 Oregon in March 2014, helping to defeat the highest-ranked team to ever come to Provo 6-5.







In the spirit of April Fools Day, players took the liberty of redecorating head coach Gordon Eakin’s office.

Broderick and Bull named NFCA All-Pacific Region

May 15, 2014 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 11:19 am | Updated: May 14, 2015 3:33 pm | Permalink

Freshmen McKenna Bull and Sydney Broderick were both named to the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association Third Team All-Pacific Region on Thursday.

Broderick led BYU with a .365 average to go along with six home runs and 31 RBI. She was No. 84 in the country with three sacrifice flies and was the No. 65 toughest strikeout.

Bull finished the season with a 3.04 ERA and 191 strikeouts. Bull finished third in the country in saves and was 34th in strikeouts per seven innings.

You can see a full list of the NFCA All-Region team at NFCA.org.