BYU Headlines 2017 All-WCC Softball Awards
BYU Headlines 2017 All-WCC Softball Awards
May 16, 2017
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SAN BRUNO, Calif.- The West Coast Conference softball champion Brigham Young Cougars claimed all five major individual player awards while Pacific also was represented with a Co-Freshman of the Year selection in the 2017 All-WCC awards announced by the conference office Tuesday.
All five major awards - along with the All-West Coast Conference Teams - were voted on by the league's six head coaches. A total of 22 student-athletes make up the first and second teams, including eight outfielders by position, seven infielders, four pitchers and three catchers.
BYU’s Gordon Eakin, the WCC Coach of the Year for the fourth-consecutive season, saw four of his student-athletes take home the league’s top honors with Caitlin Larsen Alldredge named the Player of the Year, McKenna Bull named the Pitcher of the Year, Lauren Bell named the Defensive Player of the Year and Rylee Jensen named the Co-Freshman of the Year alongside Pacific’s Hailey Reed.
Larsen Alldredge is the third straight Cougar to earn the WCC’s top honor after teammate Ashley Thompson was selected last year and Gordy Bravo took home the honors the year in 2015. In league contests, Larsen Alldredge led the conference in runs batted in (17), home runs (3), triples (2) and slugging percentage (.829). Additionally, the third baseman finished second in the WCC in batting average (.439) and runs scored (16). She was a three-time WCC Player of the Week during the season.
Bull repeats as the WCC Pitcher of the Year for the third straight season after another impressive year in the circle for the Cougars, going 29-5 with a 1.23 ERA. In conference, play, Bull led the conference with a blistering 0.13 ERA in 54.2 innings pitched after giving up only one earned run throughout the entire conference season. The senior went 9-1 on the year with one save and a total of 61 strikeouts in WCC play. She pitched six complete games and had four shutouts against WCC competition, and at one point in the year Bull held a scoreless innings pitched streak of 58 innings. She reamins the WCC’s all-time leader in number of Pitcher of the Week awards after adding an additional nine out of a possible 14 to her tally this season.
Bell earns back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year honors after a stellar season playing second base for the conference champions. The senior held a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 with 28 putouts and 25 assists on zero errors. Additionally, Bell turned two double plays for the Cougars in WCC play. At the plate, she batted .302 along with a league-best eight sacrifice hits.
Jensen and Reed take home Co-Freshman of the Year honors in a season that saw both first-year players become the only WCC student-athletes to post an on-base percentage above .500 in WCC play. They were also the only two freshman to bat above .400 at the plate. Jenson finished conference play as the league-leader in batting average at .452 and runs scored (19) while finishing second in runs batted in (13) and walks (10). She went a perfect 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts. Reed becomes the first Tiger to take home the freshman honor after ending the season as Pacific’s leader in batting average (.432), steals (2) and hits (19). Her batting average ranked fourth in the WCC, and the freshman was also one of the most prolific pitchers in the league with an ERA of 2.50 in 33.2 inning pitched against conference competition. She threw 18 strikeouts and pitched four complete games en route to posting a 4-2 record.
Eakin has won at least a share of the honor in each of the four seasons that the WCC has sponsored softball after leading the BYU to its fourth-consecutive WCC regular season title with a 14-1 mark and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Throughout BYU’s 44-11 overall season, Eakin earned his 600th career win and posted a school-best 22-game winning streak.
A complete list of All-WCC performers and major postseason award winners can be found below.
2017 West Coast Conference Softball Individual Honors
Player of the Year – Caitlyn Larsen Alldredge, BYU
Pitcher of the Year – McKenna Bull, BYU
Defensive Player of the Year – Lauren Bell, BYU
Co-Freshmen of the Year – Rylee Jensen, BYU & Hailey Reed, Pacific
Coach of the Year – Gordon Eakin, BYU
All-West Coast Conference Softball First Team
|Nikki Alexander||Fr.||2B||Saint Mary's|
|Caitlyn Larsen Alldredge||Jr.||3B||BYU|
|Brooke Christensen||Jr.||OF||Loyola Marymount|
|Ellie Fisher||Jr.||OF||Santa Clara|
|Olivia Sandusky||Sr.||OF||San Diego|
|Taylor Spence||So.||OF||San Diego|
All-West Coast Conference Softball Second Team
|Kimberly Goulart||Sr.||UTL||Santa Clara|
|Katie Moss||Sr.||P||Saint Mary's|
|Megan Sabbatini||Sr.||P||San Diego|
|Irma Sanchez||Jr.||C||Loyola Marymount|
|Hailey Sparacino||Jr.||SS||Saint Mary's|
All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention
Hannah Bandimere, Loyola Marymount; Lauren Bell, BYU; Alicia Brown, Loyola Marymount; Amanda Dirks, Loyola Marymount; Kailey Hill, San Diego; McCall James, Santa Clara; Eryn McCoy, Saint Mary’s; Samantha Owen, Pacific; Sara Silveyra, San Diego; Lexi Tarrow, BYU; Katlyn Whitt, Saint Mary’s