The West Coast Conference coaches have voted, picking BYU Softball to win an 11th straight conference championship. Six Cougars earned preseason All-WCC honors.
There’s death, taxes, and BYU Softball conference championships.
The Cougars have won 10 consecutive conference titles, and the West Coast Conference coaches have picked BYU to win their 11th in a row in 2019.
Perhaps even more impressive is that they’ve won those 10 straight titles in four different conferences (Mountain West Conference, Western Athletic Conference, Pacific Coast Softball Conference, and West Coast Conference). And if they do claim another championship in 2019 they’ll clinch a 15th straight NCAA Tournament berth.
BYU received four of the six first place votes and 24 of the maximum 25 total points. Loyola Marymount followed close behind with 22 points, and they return a strong core from the team that stayed even with the Cougars in the conference until their final head-to-head series.
BYU also claimed six spots on the 14-player Preseason All-WCC team, while no other team had more than two.
The six Cougars honored are:
- Bridget Fleener – C (2018 WCC Freshman of the Year)
- Rylee Jensen – OF (2018 WCC Player of the Year)
- Autumn Moffat – P (2018 Second Team All-WCC)
- Libby Sugg – C (2018 Third Team All-American)
- Lexi Tarrow – OF (2018 First Team All-WCC)
- Kerisa Viramontes – P (2018 WCC co-Pitcher of the Year)
The Cougars will have plenty of firepower returning from last year, especially from those six, and they also welcomed a strong freshman class. Among the five incoming players are Megan Delgadillo and Carley Brown, who both ranked in Flosoftball’s Top 100 recruits.
BYU starts their 2019 campaign with a trip to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. They’ll compete in the Puerta Vallarta College Challenge from February 7-9.