Jan. 30, 2014
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Softball makes its debut as a West Coast Conference-sponsored sport Thursday, February 6 and BYU was picked to win the inaugural championship in a poll of the league's six head coaches.
BYU captured the 2013 Pacific Coast Softball Conference championship last season and advanced to its ninth consecutive NCAA postseason. The Cougars earned all 25 possible points and five first place votes in the preseason poll and will be powered by sophomore All-American outfielder Gordy Bravo, who was one of three BYU student-athletes named to the preseason All-WCC list.
Pacific, a member of the Big West Conference last season, was picked second in the survey, collecting 19 points, including the remaining first-place vote. The Tigers placed a pair on the preseason All-WCC squad. Pacific qualified for the NCAA postseason in 2011.
Four charter members of the PCSC complete the poll. Loyola Marymount collected 16 points with four preseason All-WCC selections. San Diego picked up 14 points with two representatives on the preseason team. Saint Mary's (11) and Santa Clara (5) rounded out the preseason prognostications. The Gaels qualified for the 2010 NCAA postseason.
All six West Coast Conference teams open the season next weekend. For a complete interactive schedule, please visit WCCsports.com , and follow @WCCsports on Twitter for in-game updates throughout the season.
2014 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL
|Team (First Place Votes)||Points|
2014 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM
|Stephanie Fisher||Santa Clara||Sr.||OF|
|Meghan Harman||Loyola Marymount||Sr.||IF|
|Hannah Montalban||Loyola Marymount||So.||OF|
|Caitlin Rooney||San Diego||Jr.||IF|
|Brittany Sabatini||Saint Mary's||Sr.||OF|
|Kelly Scribner||Santa Clara||Sr.||IF|
|Sterling Shuster||Loyola Marymount||Jr.||IF|
|Cassidy Coleman||San Diego||Sr.|
|Sydney Gouveia||Loyola Marymount||So.|
|Utility - Pitcher||School||Year|
|Utility - Non-Pitcher||School||Year|