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Bull named Madness WCC Softball Player of the Week

Mar 07, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:21 am | Updated: March 7, 2017 11:29 am | Permalink

Picking up another honor this week, McKenna Bull was named the Madness West Coast Conference Softball Player of the Week following her record-breaking performance at the San Diego Classic I last week.

On Monday, Bull was named the WCC Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. This is her first Madness WCC Softball Player of the Week nod. She is the second Cougar to be recognized by College Sports Madness after Libby Sugg was the Madness WCC Softball Player of the Week following the first week of the season.

Bull won all three games she started at the San Diego Classic I, picking up victories over San Diego State, Miami (Ohio) and Boston University. In the 6-2 win over Miami, she broke the BYU record for strikeouts in a career, surpassing Paige Affleck's 803 after notching a season-high 11 strikeouts. By the end of the weekend, Bull upped her total to 808. She also picked up another shutout victory, leading the Cougars to a 9-0 win in five innings over Boston U. In over 21.0 innings pitched, she had a 0.33 ERA and 25 strikeouts while allowing just one earned run.

A full list of College Sports Madness' players of the week from different conferences can be seen on its website.

Sugg named College Sports Madness Conference Player of the Week

Feb 14, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:47 pm | Updated: February 14, 2017 3:57 pm | Permalink

After leading the team to a 2-2 record after the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge, sophomore catcher Libby Sugg was named the College Sports Madness Conference Player of the Week for the West Coast Conference.

In the first game of the year against Nebraska, Sugg went 2 for 4 with five RBI and a three-run homer in the third inning. In the Cougars´ big upset over No. 13 Washington, she went a perfect 3 for 3. Her single in the bottom of the sixth sparked the momentum that would score three runs to take the 4-2 lead, which would be the final score. She also tallied a hit against No. 2 Auburn. Her performance led her to be named to the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge All-Tournament Team.

Sugg came out of the first four games leading the pack in home runs (1) and RBI (5), both categories she led at the end of 2016. She is also tied for second on the team in hits with six and in batting average with .462.

Each week, College Sports Madness names a player of the week for each conference in the NCAA. The website also names a national field player and pitcher of the week. This week UCLA’s Delaney Spaulding and Cal Poly’s Sierra Hyland took home the national field player and pitcher of the week honors, respectively. 

For the complete list of conference players of the week, click here.

Four Cougars named to all-tournament team

Feb 11, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:25 pm | Updated: February 11, 2017 9:36 pm | Permalink

After a 2-2 record in Puerto Vallarta, BYU softball had four players named to the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge All-Tournament Team, as announced during the closing dinner on Saturday night.

Lauren Bell, McKenna Bull, Rylee Jensen and Libby Sugg were all named to the all-tournament team after their performances over the weekend. Auburn also had four players recognized. Washington had three, including the MVP Taran Alevlo. For the remaining two teams, Oklahoma had two and Nebraska had one on the list.

Bell led the team in batting over the four games with a .500 average on 6 of 12 hitting. She also tallied three runs and two RBI. Freshman Jensen jumped out to a huge start to her collegiate career, going 5 for 5 in her first five at bats. Against Nebraska, she went 4 for 4, the best season-opening performance by a BYU freshman. In that same game, Sugg tied her career high of five RBI. Over the weekend, she had a .462 batting average.

Pitching two games, Bull took victories over Nebraska and No. 13 Washington, the Huskies' only loss of the weekend. She had a 2.25 ERA, 10 strikeouts and just three walks and three earned runs.

Puerto Vallarta College Challenge All-Tournament Team

MVP
Tara Alevlo - Washington

Auburn
Kaylee Carlson
Makayla Martin
Kendall Veach
Carlee Wallace

BYU
Lauren Bell
McKenna Bull
Rylee Jensen
Libby Sugg

Nebraska
Austen Urness

Oklahoma
Paige Lowary
Nicole Pendley

Washington
Ali Aguilar
Trysten Melhart
Taylor Van Zee
 

Now Batting: Arissa Paulson

Feb 08, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:06 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.


Arissa Paulson
Freshman pitcher

Why did you come to BYU?
Both of my parents went here and my older brother and sister (current junior pitcher Arianna Paulson). I also love the campus and good academics.

When did you start playing softball?
I started playing softball when I was 6 years old. I loved it and caught on quick, so I have been playing ever since.

What is your favorite sport besides softball?
I love playing basketball almost as much as softball. I played through high school and my family always plays games when we are all together. 

What is your favorite softball memory?
My favorite softball memory is winning the state playoffs semifinal game my junior year. We were tied going into the 8th inning, and I was able to hold the runners from scoring in extra innings. Then I came up to bat and hit a walk-off home run to win the game. It was one of the most exiting softball moments I have been a part of.

What is your dream job?
My dream job is to be an occupation therapist. I want to specialize in helping with the development of children. I love working with kids, so this job seems perfect for me.

How did you spend your summer? What was the highlight?
The highlight of my summer was getting scuba certified and going scuba diving in San Carlos, Mexico. It was such an awesome experience, and I plan to go on more trips.

Now Batting: Rylee Jensen

Feb 01, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:03 pm | Updated: February 2, 2017 3:09 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.


Rylee Jensen
Freshman outfielder

Why did you come to BYU?
I came to BYU to further my education at a school that matches my standards and values. And the campus is super pretty, so that’s a plus.

When did you start playing softball?
I played baseball until my freshman year in high school, and then I switched to softball.

Who do you look up to the most?
The people I look up to the most are my parents. They are my role models and I hope to be like them when I grow up.

Do you have any pregame rituals?
I’m very superstitious. I listen to the same pregame playlist to pump me up. I’ve done that since I can remember.

What is your favorite sport besides softball?
Definitely basketball. I love watching and playing it, and I miss it a lot.

What is your favorite softball memory?
During my senior year of high school I hit four home runs in one game. It was pretty cool.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I’d probably travel to Europe. I’ve never been there and it looks like an awesome place to tour.

What is one thing few people know about you?
Something that not many people know about me is that I grew up on a potato farm. Stereotypical Idaho girl, I know. I can also juggle, sometimes depending on the day.

When you’re not playing softball, what are you doing?
I like the outdoors, like camping, boating, fishing, riding four wheelers, etc. If I’m not playing softball or studying for school, that’s probably what I’m doing.

What is the most embarrassing song on your phone?
Probably either “Hoedown Throwdown” by Miley Cyrus or “Fergalicious” by Fergie. Those are my jams.

What is your dream job?
Probably to be a physical therapist. I just think that kind of stuff is super cool.

What is your favorite thing about BYU?
My favorite thing would have to be either my teammates and friends, the beautiful campus or all of the free food we get.

Thompson, Sugg recognized in Fastpitch News preseason lists

Jan 27, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:37 am | Updated: January 27, 2017 11:00 am | Permalink

Ashley Thompson and Libby Sugg were both recognized on a few 2017 preseason articles by Fastpitch News.

Senior first baseman Thompson was named to the FPN 2017 Preseason Top 50 NCAA Softball Hitters list, coming in at No. 36.

The ranking was derived from numerous statistics to formulate a total score, with strength of schedule also taken into account.

Thompson had a strong season at the plate in 2016. She led the team in batting average (.400), slugging percentage (.733), on-base percentage (.490), hits (66), runs (44) and doubles (12). Her 49 RBI and 13 home runs were second on the team. During the season, she reached a 30-game reached-base streak, the second longest in BYU history.

At the top of the rankings is senior Kasey Cooper from Auburn, a team BYU plays to cap off its first tournament in Puerto Vallarta. For the complete list, check out the release.

In addition to Thompson’s recognition, Sugg was listed as one of FPN’s 10 NCAA sophomores to watch in 2017.

The catcher from Tennessee led the Cougars in RBI (58) and home runs (18). Throughout the season, Sugg was in the top 25 in the NCAA for home runs and home runs per game. She was second on the team in slugging percentage (.724) and on-base percentage (.446).

BYU will face a couple other sophomores on the list, including Washington’s Taran Alevlo and Texas A&M’s Samantha Show. See the complete list here.

Now Batting: Kerisa Viramontes

Jan 25, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 1:32 pm | Updated: January 25, 2017 1:54 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.


Kerisa Viramontes
Freshman pitcher

Why did you choose to come to BYU?
I chose to come to BYU because of the softball program and the academics. I knew that graduating from here would benefit me in the future. The vibe here and the people here are great. The college town atmosphere is great.

Why did you start playing softball?
When I was younger, I would always go to my cousin’s games. My mom played softball and was also a pitcher. So between my cousin and my mom, they helped me decide that softball is what I want to do.

What is your favorite softball memory?
In my freshman year in high school we went to the CIF semifinals. It was the most intense game I’ve ever played. It went to 10 innings and it went back and forth. Finally in the 10th inning, we scored and we went on to the championship. It was so intense. It didn’t feel real when we won.

What is your favorite sport besides softball?
Football. One hundred percent football. I love football. My brother plays football, so ever since I was little I have loved it. If I could play it, I probably would have. The adrenaline and the atmosphere and the people cheering is amazing. My favorite college teams are BYU and Cal, because my brother goes to Cal. In the pros, I love the 49ers.

Who do you look up to?
I look up to my parents because without them I wouldn’t be who I am today. They have been there through everything, pushing me to always be the best. I owe everything to them. And God. I pray before every game.

Who do you look up to in sports?
Stacey Nelson, the pitcher from Florida. Ever since I was younger I have always wanted to be like her. Actually, when I went to pitching lessons one time, she was there because my pitching coach taught her. Stacey was giving lessons and I was freaking out that I met her and she worked with me. That was really fun. Also, McKenna Bull.

What is the most embarrassing song on your phone?
Probably Hannah Montana, “The Best of Both Worlds”. I’m always going to love Hannah Montana. She is the best.

What do you want to do after you graduate?
I want to go to grad school and be a vet. I’ve always wanted to become a vet, so I will try to do that.

Cougars participate in "Cougar Strong" at local elementary school

Jan 24, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 1:10 pm | Updated: January 24, 2017 1:26 pm | Permalink

Sophomore Emilee Erickson and student manager Reyna Ae participated in a “Cougar Strong” program through BYU at Manila Elementary School on Monday.

“Cougar Strong” is a program that teaches young children about living happy, healthy, productive lifestyles and inviting them to commit to be Cougar Strong for life. To learn more about the program, click here.

Erickson and Ae talked to the students about how to succeed in those three aspects of their lives and played a few games. They touched on how to by physically strong, mentally strong and socially strong.

Now Batting: Brooke Vander Heide

Jan 18, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 2:23 pm | Updated: January 18, 2017 2:42 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.


Brooke Vander Heide
Freshman outfielder

Why did you come to BYU?
Both of my parents went to BYU, my sister is here, and it is a great environment. It is kind of like a family tradition.

When did you start playing softball?
When I was 6. All of my sisters played and my mom played. I wanted to be like them.

Who do you look up to?
I look up to my parents. They didn’t play in a super high level in sports, but they were always very into sports. They are very inspiring and have been a huge support for me and my siblings.

What is your favorite sport besides softball?
Volleyball.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
The bottom of the ocean. No one has ever been there.

What is your favorite softball memory?
Probably playing high school ball with my sister. We overlapped for two years.

What is something few people know about you?
I taught myself how to ride a unicycle.

What is your dream job?
A mom.

What is your favorite thing about BYU (aside from softball)?
The great people and the environment.

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.