(Photo by BYU Photo)
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – For the second time this season, BYU swept the weekly West Coast Conference awards with McKenna Bull winning pitcher of the week and Libby Sugg winning player of the week.
Bull, the reigning two-time WCC Pitcher of the Year, has picked up her 13th WCC Pitcher of the Week honor in her career, second of the year. For Sugg, this is her first WCC Player of the Week nod. She was named to the 2016 All-WCC Second Team.
Bull won all three games she started at the San Diego Classic I, picking up victories over San Diego State, Miami University 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. Over 21.0 innings pitched, she had a 0.33 ERA and 25 strikeouts while allowing just one earned run.
Sugg led BYU at the plate in the San Diego Classic I, earning a .467 batting average in all five games played. Against Boston U., she hit a grand slam, the second of her career. She led the team in hits (7), doubles (4), home runs (2) and slugging percentage (1.133). She also tied for the most runs over the weekend with six. Additionally, she went 2 for 4 with three RBI and a home run in the win over San Diego State. She tallied two hits in three games at the tournament. In her career, Sugg had three stolen bases, two of which came from this weekend. On the year, she leads the team in RBI with 17.
This is the second time this year that the Cougars have swept the WCC weekly awards, the first coming in week two when Kerisa Viramontes and Rylee Jensen won pitcher and player of the week, respectively. BYU has had at least one of the weekly honors each week so far. The full release can be seen on the WCC website.
Player of the Week also nominated: Sydney Lahners, Pacific; Sara Silveyra, San Diego; Nikki Alexander, Saint Mary's
Pitcher of the Week also nominated: Hailey Reed, Pacific; Katie Moss, Saint Mary's; Delaney Heller, San Diego