The second-place BYU softball team will finish conference play this week with four games against conference-rival Utah. The teams will play two games in Salt Lake City Friday, beginning at 2 p.m. and then return to Provo for two games Saturday, starting at noon.
The Cougars split with San Diego State Friday, losing game one 3-1 before winning the second game 4-0. They then swept UNLV Saturday, 7-1 and 10-2 to go 3-1 on the weekend.
BYU Probable Starters
Â•C -Angie Christiansen - R/R, Sr. (.210, 22 hits, 11 runs, 13 RBI)
Â•1B - Mindy Hanson - R/R, Sr. (.270, 33 hits, 14 runs, 19 RBI)
Â•2B - Jacki Ellis- R/R, Sr. (.221, 17 hits, 13 runs, 16 RBI)
Â•SS - Becca Erickson - R/R, Sr. (.228, 29 hits, 20 runs, 6 HR, 26 RBI)
Â•3B - Elizabeth Pierce-Boydston - R/R, Jr. (.316, 48 hits, 26 runs, 29 RBI)
Â•CF -Lindsey Hodgen-Kelly - R/R, Sr. (.298, 39 hits, 30 runs, 12 RBI, 17 SB)
Â•RF - Oli Keohohou- R/R, Fr. (.492, 59 hits, 56 runs, 19 HR, 57 RBI)
Â•LF - Liz Smith- L/R, Jr. (.268, 40 hits, 28 runs, 7 RBI, 12 SB)
Â•DH - Brooke Cadiente - R/L, So. (.303, 46 hits, 30 runs, 9 HR, 41 RBI)
Â•P - Meghann Pricer - R/R, Sr. (11-5, 2.21 ERA, 92 SO, 126.1 IP)
After playing in 50 games, freshman Oli Keohohou is among the nation's elite in a variety of categories. She leads the NCAA's with a .492 batting average, and leads in home runs with 19 in 50 games, an average of .38 homers per game. She is third in runs batted in with 57, averaging 1.14 RBI a game. As a team, BYU is 15th in the nation in scoring with 270 runs in 50 games, an average of 5.29 a game.
Keohohou, named this weeks Mountain West Conference Player of the Week, leads the MWC in batting average (.492), runs scored (55), slugging percentage (1.075), on-base percentage (.642) and is tied for the league lead with three triples. Pitcher Meghann Pricer leads the league in opponents batting average (.218). As a team, BYU leads the conference in batting average (.286), slugging percentage (.455), on base percentage (.368) runs scored (270) and triples (18). Cougar pitchers have allowed the fewest hits (288) and runs (133) in the conference, while BYU opponents are batting .232, the lowest in the conference.
After 51 games, Keohohou leads the team in batting average (.492), hits (59), home runs (19), RBI (57), runs scored (56), walks (54), triples (3) and slugging percentage (1.075). Brooke Cadiente and Elizabeth Pierce-Boydston lead the team in at-bats (152) while Pierce-Boydston leads the team in doubles (9). Lindsey Hodgen-Kelly leads the team with 17 stolen bases.
The Utes have a 34-30-1 record, including a 10-5-1 conference record and are currently in first place. They swept UNLV Friday, winning 1-0 and 3-2. They then were swept by San Diego State Saturday, losing 6-2 and 5-0. Lindsey Trevis has a .400 batting average and 66 hits, including 52 RBI. Freshman Melissa Stahnke has a .347 batting average and 59 hits, including 19 home runs and 58 RBI. Kristin Arbogast is 26-15 with a 2.24 ERA and 223 strikeouts in 288 innings.
The newly-opened Gail Miller Field at BYU's Miller Park has 2,100 chair seats all in the lower bowl, making it one of the top-10 seating softball facilities in the NCAA. The dimensions are 210 feet down the left and right field lines and 220 in center field. The field faces northwest and is located west of the BYU Marriott Center. The one-of-a-kind mirrored-image softball/baseball complex was made possible by primary donors Larry and Gail Miller, together with Sy and Betty Kimball. The tensile roof is constructed from a teflon fabric made by Japan's Birdair Corporation and is pulled taut by cables, similar to the design on the Denver International Airport.
Miller Park was built by Sahara construction with Salt Lake City
architect Valentiner/Crane. A shared press box houses radio and TV broadcasts and seating for print media and game-day operations. There are
separate locker rooms for visitors and Cougar clubhouses for both softball and baseball. The complex includes concession stands, a memorabilia mezzanine, handicapped seating, an elevator, an umpire room, a hosting facility, an equipment room, training room, indoor batting cages and coaches offices. Both fields are lighted. The softball scoreboard is located in right field and was manufactured by Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota.
Coach Mary Kay Amicone
Mary Kay Amicone was named BYU's first-ever varsity softball coach on May 6, 1999, three months after the announcement was made to upgrade the softball team from club to varsity status. In her first season, she led the team to a 16-27 (.372) record, including a 7-13 conference record, good for fifth place. Prior to becoming the head coach at BYU, Amicone served as an assistant coach at the University of Utah (1991, '93-95, '98-99). During that time, the Utes finished fifth ('91) and seventh ('94) at the NCAA Women's College World Series and were regional participants in 1995. She is assisted by Gordon Eakin and Lisa Hall.
"It will be a battle. They are leading the pack but I feel we are in a position to do good things. "--Mary Kay Amicone
Preseason Mountain West Conference Coaches' Poll
BYU was picked by the coaches in the Mountain West Conference to
finish fifth in the conference in the preseason poll released Jan. 25. In-state rival University of Utah, where BYU head coach Mary Kay Amicone played and was an assistant coach for seven years, was picked to finish first.
Mountain West Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Utah (5) 25
2. New Mexico (1) 20
3. San Diego State 15
4. Colorado State 11
5. BYU 10
6. UNLV 9
Practices are held daily at 1 p.m. at Gail Miller Field, west of the Marriott Center. Player or Coach Amicone interviews may be arranged in advance through Shane Bevell, BYU Athletic Media Relations, at (801) 378-8999. Additional information may be obtained through e-mailing Shane at email@example.com or by fax at (801) 378-3520.