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BYU Picked to Win 2015 WCC Softball Championship

Feb. 4, 2015

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Brigham Young University has been tabbed by the league coaches to win the West Coast Conference Softball Championship this spring, it was announced by the league office Wednesday.

BYU earned top billing collecting five of the six first-place votes and totaled 25 points in the poll. The defending WCC Champion is coming off a 39-23, 12-2 WCC record, after capturing its 10th consecutive postseason bid that ended at the NCAA Regional Semifinal. Thirteen-year head coach Gordon Eakin returns 12 players from that squad, including All-American outfielder Gordy Bravo, All-Conference first team selection Tori Almond, and All-Conference second team honoree Ashlee Robinson. Four sophomores are also returning to the Cougars that include catcher/outfielder Sydney Broderick, infielder Lauren Bell, outfielder/second baseman McKenzie St. Clair, and pitcher McKenna Bull all of which were named to this year's preseason All-Conference team.

The University of Pacific tallied 19 points to garner the second spot in the survey. The Tigers ended the 2014 campaign 20-28, 8-7 season and are looking to return to the postseason for the first time since 2011. Pacific places juniors Sara Anderson and Nicole Zapotoczny on the preseason All-WCC team.

Just two points separated third place, with Saint Mary's College (23-27, 8-7) earning the advantage over Loyola Marymount University (20-27, 1-13). Saint Mary's totaled 17 points and one first place vote, while LMU acquired 15 points from the ballot. After a five-year absence from NCAA postseason play, the Gaels will look to juniors Andrea Hazel and Lujane Mussadi. Last year, the Lions finished the season 20-27, 1-13 land three upperclassman featuring junior shortstop Stephanie Maciel, senior second baseman Sterling Shuster and junior pitcher Sydney Gouveia.

San Diego (26-21, 10-5) garnered nine points and Santa Clara (10-34, 5-10) acquired five points round out the six-team field. For the Toreros, senior third baseman Chloe Kaneko and sophomore outfielder Olivia Sandusky, along with Broncos senior catcher Breezy Bernard were named to the All-WCC preseason list.

All six West Coast Conference teams open the season this weekend. For a complete interactive schedule, please visit WCCsports.com, and follow @WCCsports on Twitter for updates throughout the season.

2015 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL

Team (First Place Votes) Points
BYU (5) 25
Pacific 19
Saint Mary's (1) 17
Loyola Marymount 15
San Diego 9
Santa Clara 5

2015 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM

Player School Year Position
Sara Anderson Pacific Jr. OF
Lauren Bell Brigham Young So. INF
Breezy Bernard Santa Clara Sr. C
Sydney Broderick Brigham Young So. C/OF
Andrea Hazel Saint Mary's Jr.. C
Chloe Kaneko San Diego Sr. 3B
Stephanie Maciel Loyola Marymount Jr. SS
McKenzie St. Clair Brigham Young So. OF/2B
Olivia Sandusky San Diego So. OF
Sterling Shuster Loyola Marymount Sr. 2B
Nicole Zapotoczny Pacific Jr.. INF
Pitcher School Year
McKenna Bull Brigham Young So.
Sydney Gouveia Loyola Marymount Jr.
Lujane Mussadi Saint Mary's Jr.