BYU tops WCC preseason poll

(Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)

PROVO, Utah – West Coast Conference coaches selected BYU as the favorite to win the conference’s first softball regular-season championship and selected three Cougars to the preseason all-conference team.

“As a program we feel honored to be selected as the preseason conference champions,” BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. “There are a number of excellent teams in the WCC that are worthy of that same selection, and we will do our best to live up to the high expectations this season.”

Last year the Cougars won the Pacific Coast Softball Conference in a tight contest that went down to the last week of conference play. BYU has won five straight conference championships and has a 40-9 record against WCC opponents. This will be the fourth different conference the Cougars have played in over the last four years.

Senior Katie Manuma was named all-conference as a utility/pitcher after throwing for a 5-1 record with a 1.29 ERA and 4 saves, while batting .333 with a team-high 44 RBIs.

Sophomore Gordy Bravo was named an all-conference outfielder. She led the PCSC last year with a .389 average to go along with 43 RBIs and a .435 on base percentage to earn a spot on the Easton All-America first team.

Sophomore Coco Tauali’i came on strong during conference play, hitting 17 of her 29 RBIs during conference play on her way to a .311 batting average and a .427 on base percentage.

“Coco, Katie and Gordy all had solid conference seasons last year,” Eakin said. “Their selections to the preseason all-conference team are great individual honors, and we expect great things from each one of them this season.”

The Cougars begin play in St. George, Utah, next week in the Red Desert Classic beginning with Weber State on Thursday at 2 p.m. MST.

2014 WCC Preseason Softball Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Vote)

 

Pts.

1. BYU (5)

 

25

2. Pacific (1)

 

19

3. Loyola Marymount

 

16

4. San Diego

 

14

5. Saint Mary’s 

 

11

6. Santa Clara

 

5

 2014 All-WCC Preseason Softball Team

Position Players

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Gordy Bravo

BYU

 OF

So.

Stephanie Fisher

Santa Clara

 OF

Sr.

Megan Foglesong

Pacific

 OF

Sr.

Meghan Harman

Loyola Marymount

IF

Sr.

Hannah Montalban

Loyola Marymount

OF

So.

Caitlin Rooney

San Diego

 IF

Jr.

Brittany Sabatini

Saint Mary’s

 OF

Sr.

Kelly Scribner

Santa Clara

 IF

Sr.

Sterling Shuster

Loyola Marymount

 IF

Jr.

Coco Tauali’i

BYU

 IF

So.

 

Pitchers

Name

Institution

Yr.

 

Cassidy Coleman

San Diego

Sr.

 

Sydney Gouveia

Loyola Marymount

So.

 

 

Utility / Pitcher

Name

Institution

Yr.

 

Katie Manuma

BYU

Sr.

 

 

Utility / Non-Pitcher

Name

Institution

Yr.

 

Alex Steinmehl

Pacific

 Jr.