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BYU softball: Cougars look to rely on senior leadership for 2013 season

By Jamie Morris

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30 2013 1:09 p.m. MST

Hudson started in 27 games at the catching position last year. Transfer Davis will be a valuable player for the Cougars in her first year on the team. In her freshman year at Salt Lake Community College, she started in 44 games and hit .317 for 32 RBIs and 26 runs. Arnold, who swings a big bat, made great strides as a catcher during her freshman year and could see more time as she develops.

Infield

All-American JC Clayton will anchor the infield at shortstop. She will also be a huge asset to the team’s offense. Last year, her .405 batting average, 79 hits and 53 runs, led her to NFCA All-Region First Team and All-WAC First Team accolades.

Returning at first base, junior Katie Manuma will provide power in the lineup. Last year, she hit .316 with seven doubles and eight home runs. Arnold will back her up on defense.

Junior Madisen Robb and freshman Coryn Tauali’i will compete for time at second base and returning third baseman Ashlee Brawley Robinson will add solid defense to the corner of the infield. Robb will back up Robinson at third.

Outfield

After losing all three starters in the outfield from last season, BYU will look to seniors Alexandra Hudson Shamo and Bailie Hicken; junior Carly Duckworth; sophomore Lacey Millett; and freshmen Marissa Bravo and McKenzie St. Clair to fill the void.

Shamo has the most experience from last year’s squad and will anchor the outfield with her versatility and arm.

Duckworth proved to be valuable in the outfield over the offseason and will provide both speed and power in the lineup. Hicken and Millett will provide raw speed for the team, both in the outfield and on the bases.

Bravo was a bright spot for the Cougars during the fall season and will make an immediate impact on the team offensively and defensively. St. Clair will add depth to the outfield as she develops and gains experience under the upperclassmen.

The team will also be assisted by Ianeta Le'i in her sixth season as an assistant coach, Delaney Willard in her first year as a graduate assistant and Chris Linde as the team's long-time athletic trainer.

BYU starts its season Feb. 7 against Colorado State at the Red Desert Classic at 1:30 p.m. MST.

Jamie Morris is the softball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.

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