SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Brigham Young’s Ashley Thompson and McKenna Bull used a 4-0 week to sweep the West Coast Conference Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, the conference office announced Monday.
The honor is the first this season for Thompson and the first Player of the Week nod for the Cougars in 2016. Bull picks up her fifth Pitcher of the Week nod of the year.
Thompson dominated from the plate this week, batting .818 over BYU’s four games in wins over Utah Valley and a series sweep of then-WCC leader Saint Mary’s. This week, Thompson went 9-for-11, including a perfect 7-for-7 in the doubleheader against the Gaels on Friday. She also tallied seven RBI, five of which came from the second game against Saint Mary’s and tied a career high, and three home runs. Thompson also laid down a sacrifice bunt in the final game against the Gaels to advance the runner to second, which allowed her to score on the next at bat for the only run of the game.
Bull improved her record to 21-11 after four wins this week, including three shutouts. After taking a 1-0 shutout over Utah Valley, she led the team to a series sweep of Saint Mary’s. In 24.0 inning pitched, Bull tossed a total of 22 strikeouts, including 11 in the final game against the Gaels, and had a 0.29 ERA, giving up just one run and walking only seven. Her performances moves her up the BYU record book in shutouts, setting a new single season mark with nine while also tying for first with Paige Affleck in career shutouts with 20. This season, she has 233 strikeouts, which is good for fourth place in a single season at BYU.
Player of the Week Also Nominated: Alex Finie, Loyola Marymount; Mary Grabowski, San Diego
Pitcher of the Week Also Nominated: Hannah Bandimere, Loyola Marymount; Megan Sabbatini, San Diego
2016 West Coast Conference Player of the Week
Week 1 (2/15) – Tatum Schultz, 2B, San Diego
Week 2 (2/22) – Rachel Sellers, C, Pacific
Week 3 (2/29) – Olivia Sandusky, OF, San Diego
Week 4 (3/7) – Rachel Sellers, C, Pacific
Week 5 (3/14) – Nicole Zapotoczny, INF, Pacific
Week 6 (3/21) – Alicia Brown, 3B, Loyola Marymount
Week 7 (3/28) – Taylor Spence, OF, San Diego
Week 8 (4/4) – Rachel Sellers, C, Pacific
Week 9 (4/11) – Amanda Dirks, OF, Loyola Marymount
Week 10 (4/18) – Mary Grabowski, C, San Diego
Week 11 (4/25) – Ashley Thompson, 1B, BYU
2016 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week
Week 1 (2/15) – Cassidy Gustafson, Pacific
Week 2 (2/22) – McKenna Bull, BYU
Week 3 (2/29) – McKenna Bull, BYU
Week 4 (3/7) – McKenna Bull, BYU
Week 5 (3/14) – Marissa Young, Pacific
Week 6 (3/21) – McKenna Bull, BYU
Week 7 (3/28) – Lujane Mussadi, Saint Mary’s
Week 8 (4/4) – Marissa Young, Pacific
Week 9 (4/11) – Katie Moss, Saint Mary’s
Week 10 (4/18) – Lujane Mussadi, Saint Mary’s
Week 11 (4/25) – McKenna Bull, BYU