Keohohou Among Nation's Elite

PROVO -- Freshman softball player Oli Keohohou is ranked among the nation's best in three different categories while as a team, BYU ranks among the top in scoring.

After playing in 34 games, Keohohou ranks second in the nation with 15 home runs, averaging .44 homers per game. She also ranks fifth in runs batted in with 45, averaging 1.32 RBI a game. Keohohou is also tied for sixth in the country with a .468 batting average, having 44 hits in 94 at-bats.

"I'm really happy that Oli is performing so well, especially as a freshman." BYU coach Mary Kay Amicone said. "I'm amazed with her discipline at the plate. With all the walks she draws, she is still hitting so well. I also attribute her success to her bat speed and especially quick hands."

As a team, BYU is tied for 11th in the nation in scoring with 184 runs in 35 games, an average of 5.26 runs a game. Last season, the team scored 129 runs in 43 games, an average of three runs a game. The Cougars have scored five or more runs in 19 games this season compared to 11 games all of last year. BYU scored in double digits twice last year, but already have five double-digit scoring games this season. The Cougars failed to score a run in 13 games last season, but have failed to scored a run in only three games so far this season.

"Our team success can be attributed to the hard work in the weight room as well as our focus on hitting in the off-season," Amicone said. "We also recruited offensive players because we knew we needed to pick up RBI and power potential."