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Four Cougars named to all-tournament team

Feb 11, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:25 pm | Updated: February 11, 2017 9:36 pm | Permalink

After a 2-2 record in Puerto Vallarta, BYU softball had four players named to the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge All-Tournament Team, as announced during the closing dinner on Saturday night.

Lauren Bell, McKenna Bull, Rylee Jensen and Libby Sugg were all named to the all-tournament team after their performances over the weekend. Auburn also had four players recognized. Washington had three, including the MVP Taran Alevlo. For the remaining two teams, Oklahoma had two and Nebraska had one on the list.

Bell led the team in batting over the four games with a .500 average on 6 of 12 hitting. She also tallied three runs and two RBI. Freshman Jensen jumped out to a huge start to her collegiate career, going 5 for 5 in her first five at bats. Against Nebraska, she went 4 for 4, the best season-opening performance by a BYU freshman. In that same game, Sugg tied her career high of five RBI. Over the weekend, she had a .462 batting average.

Pitching two games, Bull took victories over Nebraska and No. 13 Washington, the Huskies' only loss of the weekend. She had a 2.25 ERA, 10 strikeouts and just three walks and three earned runs.

Puerto Vallarta College Challenge All-Tournament Team

MVP
Tara Alevlo - Washington

Auburn
Kaylee Carlson
Makayla Martin
Kendall Veach
Carlee Wallace

BYU
Lauren Bell
McKenna Bull
Rylee Jensen
Libby Sugg

Nebraska
Austen Urness

Oklahoma
Paige Lowary
Nicole Pendley

Washington
Ali Aguilar
Trysten Melhart
Taylor Van Zee
 

Highlights from day one at Iowa Classic

Feb 10, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:00 pm | Permalink

AMES, Iowa – The opening day of the Iowa Classic featured several athletes breaking into the BYU record books.

Erica Birk took first place in the women’s mile and set a new BYU record with a time of 4:38.95. Ashleigh Warner, Kristi Rush and Whittni Orton took fourth through sixth places, also claiming spots in the top 10 all-time at BYU. Warner now sits in second place (4:39.48) with Rush in fourth place (4:39.79) and Orton in ninth place (4:41.66).  

Clayton Young, Rory Linkletter and Jonathan Harper also took their places in BYU's top-10 all-time lists with their personal-record performances in the men's 5000 meters. Young finished in 13:45.25 for fourth place overall and third place all-time at BYU. Linkletter's time of 13:49.00 was good enough to give him seventh place overall and sixth place at BYU all-time. And Harper ran a time of 13:54.81 for 12th place at the meet and ninth place all-time at BYU. 

Tatenda Tsumba also had a good day, winning the men’s 200 meters and claiming third place all-time at BYU with a time of 21.02. He also took fourth place in the men’s 60 meters in 6.76.

Men’s runner Chase Horrocks placed third in the mile with a time of 4:03.19, and in the men’s 3000 meters, Alex Hedquist took eighth place in 8:25.52.

Tomi Adegoke finished second in the long jump with a mark of 7.06, and Chloe Hadley took seventh in the women’s long jump with a mark of 5.64.

Keesha Miller competed in the final of the women’s 60 meters and ran a 7.65, taking sixth place overall. Christina Hedgepath, Samantha Reevers and Lauren Rawlinson also finished in the top 15.

Highlights from day one at Iowa Classic

Feb 10, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 5:12 pm | Updated: February 10, 2017 8:35 pm | Permalink

AMES, Iowa – The opening day of the Iowa Classic featured several athletes breaking into the BYU record books.

Erica Birk took first place in the women’s mile and set a new BYU record with a time of 4:38.95. Ashleigh Warner, Kristi Rush and Whittni Orton took fourth through sixth places, also claiming spots in the top 10 all-time at BYU. Warner now sits in second place (4:39.48) with Rush in fourth place (4:39.79) and Orton in ninth place (4:41.66).  

Clayton Young, Rory Linkletter and Jonathan Harper also took their places in BYU's top-10 all-time lists with their personal-record performances in the men's 5000 meters. Young finished in 13:45.25 for fourth place overall and third place all-time at BYU. Linkletter's time of 13:49.00 was good enough to give him seventh place overall and sixth place at BYU all-time. And Harper ran a time of 13:54.81 for 12th place at the meet and ninth place all-time at BYU. 

Tatenda Tsumba also had a good day, winning the men’s 200 meters and claiming third place all-time at BYU with a time of 21.02. He also took fourth place in the men’s 60 meters in 6.76.

Men’s runner Chase Horrocks placed third in the mile with a time of 4:03.19, and in the men’s 3000 meters, Alex Hedquist took eighth place in 8:25.52.

Tomi Adegoke finished second in the long jump with a mark of 7.06, and Chloe Hadley took seventh in the women’s long jump with a mark of 5.64.

Keesha Miller competed in the final of the women’s 60 meters and ran a 7.65, taking sixth place overall. Christina Hedgepath, Samantha Reevers and Lauren Rawlinson also finished in the top 15.

Now Batting: Arissa Paulson

Feb 08, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:06 pm | Permalink

Each Wednesday until the season opener on Feb. 9, one of five new players on this year's softball roster will be featured on the blog. Check back every Wednesday to meet the newcomers.


Arissa Paulson
Freshman pitcher

Why did you come to BYU?
Both of my parents went here and my older brother and sister (current junior pitcher Arianna Paulson). I also love the campus and good academics.

When did you start playing softball?
I started playing softball when I was 6 years old. I loved it and caught on quick, so I have been playing ever since.

What is your favorite sport besides softball?
I love playing basketball almost as much as softball. I played through high school and my family always plays games when we are all together. 

What is your favorite softball memory?
My favorite softball memory is winning the state playoffs semifinal game my junior year. We were tied going into the 8th inning, and I was able to hold the runners from scoring in extra innings. Then I came up to bat and hit a walk-off home run to win the game. It was one of the most exiting softball moments I have been a part of.

What is your dream job?
My dream job is to be an occupation therapist. I want to specialize in helping with the development of children. I love working with kids, so this job seems perfect for me.

How did you spend your summer? What was the highlight?
The highlight of my summer was getting scuba certified and going scuba diving in San Carlos, Mexico. It was such an awesome experience, and I plan to go on more trips.

Getting to Know: Mackenzie Douglas and Savanna Maradiaga

Feb 08, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 2:34 pm | Updated: February 8, 2017 2:40 pm | Permalink

Mackenzie Douglas, junior

What is your favorite movie?
“The Polar Express.”

What is the biggest disaster you have ever averted?
Almost not adopting my two cats.

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?
Haiti.

If you could have a walk-up song, what would it be?
Silence (no noise!) I hate music, except Christmas music.

If they made a movie about your life, who would you be played by?
Kristen Stewart.

What are you secretly good at?
Decorating for the holidays. 


Savanna Maradiaga, sophomore 

What is your favorite movie?
“A Knight’s Tale.”

What is your favorite app?
Pinterest.

What are two things you must have on road trips?
Snacks and old time rock.

If they made a movie about your life, who would you be played by?
J-Lo. 

What are you secretly good at?
Chugging…water.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
Nicaragua.

Cougars down Pilots 73-62

Feb 04, 2017 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 9:04 pm | Updated: February 4, 2017 9:10 pm | Permalink

Yoeli Childs scored on BYU's first possession out of halftime. TJ Haws then hit a 3-pointer on the next trip down the floor to cut Portland's lead to one, 34-33. BYU then went on a 5-0 run to take the 38-34 lead. 

Assisted by Nick Emery, Eric Mika finished the 3-point play to give the Cougars the 46-39 lead with 12:33 on the clock. The Pilots then went on a 9-1 run, retaking the lead 48-47. Portland extended its lead to five, 56-51. With 4:28 to go, Davin Guinn hit a trey to bring the Cougars within three, 61-58. Mika then hit three straight free throws to tie the game at 61-all. BYU then scored four quick points fueled by two big defensive stops.

The Cougars finished the game outscoring the Pilots 12-1. Mika finished the game with a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds. Childs also ended the contest with a double-double, recording 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Pilots lead Cougars 34-28 at halftime break

Feb 04, 2017 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 7:52 pm | Updated: February 4, 2017 7:55 pm | Permalink

Teams traded baskets through the first four minutes of the contest with the game tied at 8-all before the first media timeout. Eric Mika scored six of the Cougars' eight points. Portland then outscored BYU 14-6, making the score 22-14 with 8:14 to go in the half. 

On a pass from Elijah Bryant, L.J. Rose converted the 3-point play to bring the Cougars within five, 28-23. A Yoeli Childs bucket at the buzzer cut the Portland lead to six 34-28.

Mika led the Cougars with nine points and four rebounds, while Childs also recorded nine first half points along with four rebounds. 

Cougars fall to Bulldogs 85-75

Feb 02, 2017 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 11:14 pm | Updated: February 2, 2017 11:16 pm | Permalink

TJ Haws scored the Cougars' first bucket out of break, giving him eight points for the game. At the 17:38 mark, Eric Mika finished a jumper in the lane. Nick Emery then picked off a pass and found Haws upcourt for the fast-break trey. With the 3-point field goal, BYU cut the Gonzaga lead to 12, 45-33, forcing a Bulldog timeout. 

With 16:06 to go, Mika sank two free throws, bringing the Cougars within eight, 45-37. The Zags then went on an 11-3 run, increasing their lead to 16. Davin Guinn scored a quick five points to again put the Cougars within 13, 58-45, with 12 minutes to go. Teams then traded baskets until the eight minute mark, before Haws hit two back-to-back 3-pointers to bring BYU within eight points, 66-58. 

Elijah Bryant converted the three-point play at the 4:49 mark, bringing BYU again within eight. Gonzaga then went up 11, before BYU brought it within six with under two minutes to play. With free throws, the Bulldogs extended their lead to 10 before the final buzzer sounded. 

Cougars trail Zags 42-26 after first half action

Feb 02, 2017 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 9:56 pm | Updated: February 2, 2017 10:02 pm | Permalink

Yoeli Childs gave BYU its first two points of the contest after a 4-0 Gonzaga start. Elijah Bryant hit a trey at the 14:54 mark to put the Cougars within one, 9-8. The Zags then went on a 11-2 run backed by two 3-pointers by Josh Perkins. Gonzaga extended its lead to 17, 29-12, as Nigel Williams-Goss sank a pair of three throws. 

BYU cut the lead to 14, 34-20, as Eric Mika converted the three-point play. His spin move and contested finish gave him six points for the game with 5:06 to go in the first half. Gonzaga then extended its lead to 19, 40-21, with 1:29 to go in the half. The Cougars cut into the Zags' advantage, 42-26, going into the break, down 16.

Now Batting: Rylee Jensen

Feb 01, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:03 pm | Updated: February 2, 2017 3:09 pm | Permalink

Each Wednesday until the season opener on Feb. 9, one of five new players on this year's softball roster will be featured on the blog. Check back every Wednesday to meet the newcomers.


Rylee Jensen
Freshman outfielder

Why did you come to BYU?
I came to BYU to further my education at a school that matches my standards and values. And the campus is super pretty, so that’s a plus.

When did you start playing softball?
I played baseball until my freshman year in high school, and then I switched to softball.

Who do you look up to the most?
The people I look up to the most are my parents. They are my role models and I hope to be like them when I grow up.

Do you have any pregame rituals?
I’m very superstitious. I listen to the same pregame playlist to pump me up. I’ve done that since I can remember.

What is your favorite sport besides softball?
Definitely basketball. I love watching and playing it, and I miss it a lot.

What is your favorite softball memory?
During my senior year of high school I hit four home runs in one game. It was pretty cool.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I’d probably travel to Europe. I’ve never been there and it looks like an awesome place to tour.

What is one thing few people know about you?
Something that not many people know about me is that I grew up on a potato farm. Stereotypical Idaho girl, I know. I can also juggle, sometimes depending on the day.

When you’re not playing softball, what are you doing?
I like the outdoors, like camping, boating, fishing, riding four wheelers, etc. If I’m not playing softball or studying for school, that’s probably what I’m doing.

What is the most embarrassing song on your phone?
Probably either “Hoedown Throwdown” by Miley Cyrus or “Fergalicious” by Fergie. Those are my jams.

What is your dream job?
Probably to be a physical therapist. I just think that kind of stuff is super cool.

What is your favorite thing about BYU?
My favorite thing would have to be either my teammates and friends, the beautiful campus or all of the free food we get.