Women's Softball Blog

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.

Bravo earns top honors from CollegeSportsMadness.com

Feb 03, 2014 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 12:34 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Sophomore Gordy Bravo was tabbed as the Field Player of the Year by CollegeSportsMadness.com in their preseason West Coast Conference awards.

Along with Bravo, freshman Ashley Thompson was picked as the Freshman Player of the Year and BYU head coach Gordon Eakin was selected to win Coach of the Year. Coco Tauali’i and Katie Manuma were both named to the WCC First Team and Tori Almond was named to the WCC Second Team.

You can check out their blog here.

Field Player of the Year


Pitcher of the Year



Gordy Bravo, BYU


Sydney Gouveia, Loyola Marymount










Freshman of the Year


Coach of the Year



Ashley Thompson, BYU


Gordon Eakin, BYU










First Team


Second Team




Cassidy Coleman, San Diego



Tori Almond, BYU




Jenny Lahitte, San Diego



Ciara Gonzales, Santa Clara




Sydney Gouveia, Loyola Marymount


Lujane Mussadi, St. Mary's




Coco Taualii, BYU



Sarah Lira, St. Mary's




Sterling Shuster, Loyola Marymount


Chloe Kaneko, San Diego




Meghan Harman, Loyola Marymount


Melanie Habib, Pacific




Kelly Scribner, Santa Clara



Jenna Goar, BYU




Caitlin Rooney, San Diego



Jordan Newell, Santa Clara




Gordy Bravo, BYU



Dana Prelsnik, San Diego




Megan Foglesong, Pacific



Hannah Montalban, Loyola Marymount



Stephanie Fisher, Santa Clara



Brittany Sabatini, St. Mary's




Katie Manuma, BYU



Alex Steinmehl, Pacific

End of the year softball update

Jun 12, 2013 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 2:01 pm | Updated: June 12, 2013 2:06 pm | Permalink

Who We Played in the NCAA’s

The BYU softball team was defeated by No. 3 Oregon and No. 25 Wisconsin in the Eugene Regional. Oregon went on to the Super Regional and was upset at home by Nebraska, who made its first visit to the World Series since 2002. Tennessee was the only team in the eight-team series that BYU played during the season. BYU lost its matchup with the Vols 6-3 in its first preseason tournament of the year. Tennessee went on to play in its first Championship series since 2007. The Vols fell in two straight to the Oklahoma Sooners and have yet to claim an NCAA title.


Anna Hudson, a sophomore catcher, will leave July 17 to serve in the Utah Salt Lake City mission. She is the first active softball player to serve a mission since the program started in 2000.

“I decided that I wanted to serve a mission after the announcement of the age change,” said Hudson. “I always wanted to go but wasn’t sure when. After the announcement I felt like it was the right time to go. I’m super excited to share the gospel with lots of people. I’m also excited to be a part of something that isn’t purely for me, but is for others. “


Lacey Millett will join the two current married players on the team in Ashlee Robinson and Jenna Goar on August 24th as she ties the knot with former BYU swimmer Daniel Hofstedt. Lacey and Daniel will be getting married in the Sacramento temple.

Changing Conferences

After three years in three different conferences, the BYU softball team will finally make a home in the WCC for the 2014 season. It will join former PCSC foes Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, UVU and CSU Bakersfield. Pacific will also be joining the conference in its first year with a softball program. UVU and CSU Bakersfield will be affiliate members of the conference as both teams will lose a spot in the PCSC, which dissolved following the conclusion of this year’s season. The following is a look at the BYU softball history in conferences.

Overall/League                     Conference                            Titles               Member

371-160/117-39                  Mountain West                      Five                 2003-2011

45-15/15-4                          Western Athletic                    One                 2012

33-25/19-5                          Pacific Coast Softball            One                  2013

-                                          West Coast                             -                      2014

National Attention

Ashley Thompson, an incoming freshman for the 2014 season and Washington pitcher, is creating quite the national buzz for her performance this year. Thompson is already the holder of Washington’s record for home runs in a single season (23 in 2012) and career and also holds the state record in RBI. In addition, Thompson threw six-straight no-hitters during her senior season and had seven altogether. Both are believed to be state records and her streak of no-hitters ranks third all-time in the country. Thompson helped lead Connell High School to its third state championship, going a perfect 27-0 to end her high school career. 

Softball All-Americans honored at men's basketball game

Feb 20, 2013 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 9:13 pm | Updated: February 21, 2013 3:36 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah--Senior shortstop JC Clayton and former Cougar outfielder and second baseman, Delaney Willard and Stacie Toney, were honored Tuesday at the men's basketball game for their All-American awards. The three players earned All-American accolades for their 45-win season in 2012, where they won the Western Athletic tournament championship and went onto the team's eight-straight postseason tournament. Clayton and Willard are just two of the nine softball All-Americans in Cougar history, while Toney is just the second Academic All-American to represent BYU softball. 

JC Clayton

  • Easton Second-Team All-American
  • NFCA All-Region First Team
  • All-WAC First Team
  • Named BYU Offensive Player of the Year by team coaches
  • Only player in the nation ranked in the top-25 in all of the following national categories (final regular season):
    #5 Hits (73)
    #22 Runs scored (50)
    #23 Batting average (.427)
    #25 Triples (4)

Stacie Toney

  • CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team
  • NFCA All-Region Second Team
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team
  • WAC Scholar-Athlete 
  • All-WAC Tournament MVP
  • All-WAC Tournament Team
  • Second player in BYU history to be named Academic All-America

Delaney Willard

  • 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

Softball Team Earns Votes in Final Polls

Jun 12, 2012 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 12:02 pm | Permalink

The Cougar softball team received votes in the final polls released today after reaching the championship game of the NCAA Eugene Regional and finishing with a 45-15 record this past season.

In the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll BYU garnered 12 votes to finish ranked No. 30 while getting four votes to finish tied for No. 37 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll.

BYU's 45 wins on the season tied for second-most in program history were the 13th-most victories of any team in the NCAA this year. The Cougars also finished in the top-15 nationally in double plays per game (10th), batting average (11th), scoring (12th) and win percentage (14th).

BYU's highest final ranking in program history is No. 15 at the end of the 2010 season.