BYU softball: Cougars ready for San Diego Classic

By Jamie Morris

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27 2013 5:00 p.m. MST

The Broncos sit at an even 7-7 on the season and will look to jump above .500 against BYU in their first game of the San Diego Classic. Boise State is 0-2 overall against BYU and hopes it’s top three batters will step up to get past the Cougars. Holly Bourke leads the Broncos with a .385 average. Sarah Barnes and Devon Bridges aren’t far behind, hitting .344 and .340, respectively. Barnes has eight RBIs and two home runs while Bridges has a team-high 16 RBIs and three home runs. Redshirt junior Rebecca Patton has five of the Bronco’s seven wins and leads with a 3.53 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. The Broncos were chosen to finish fourth in the Mountain West Conference this year behind San Diego State, Colorado State and Fresno State.

Fresno State

BYU ended the Bulldog’s season last year, defeating them 8-3 in the championship game of the Western Athletic Conference tournament to advance to the NCAA regionals. That was only BYU’s third win against Fresno State as the Bulldogs hold an 8-3 overall advantage over BYU. Fresno State is 10-8 this season. Brooke Ortiz leads with a .361 average and 22 hits, while Brenna Moss and Stesha Brazil provide power for the Bulldogs. Moss has five triples and 10 RBIs, while Brazil leads with a team-high five home runs. Taylor Langdon, Jillian Compton and Hannah Harris each have part in each of the team’s 10 wins. Compton is 5-5 with 26 strikeouts and 59.2 innings pitched, while Langdon leads with a 2.15 ERA.

New Mexico

BYU has an overall record of 36-13 against New Mexico and is 30-5 under Eakin. The Cougars had a 13-game win streak against the Lobos before New Mexico beat them in 2011, 3-2. New Mexico is another .500 team at 9-9 on the season. The Lobos lost their first seven games before rebounding to win nine of their last 11 games. The team has five pitchers who have made an appearance this season but are led by Lauren Soles who is 4-2 with 32 strikeouts and only 13 earned runs given up in her eight appearances. Offensively, freshman outfielder Mariah Rimmer is hitting .400 with a team-high 24 hits, alongside two home runs and eight RBIs. Rimmer also leads the team with 14 stolen bases to add to the team’s total of 30. Junior infielder Chelsea Anaya isn’t far behind, hitting .377 with two home runs and 14 RBIs.

Long Beach State

The Cougars are 2-2 overall against Long Beach State and have won the last two meetings against the 49ers. Long Beach State sits at 7-6 this season and is led by junior Hannah De Gaetano who is sporting a .356 batting average along with two home runs and 11 RBIs on the season. Catcher Karli Sandoval and infielder Ashley Holmes also bring power to the lineup with five and three home runs, respectively, on the season. These three batters have combined for 37 of the team’s 56 RBIs. Erin Jones-Wesley has the most time on the mound for the 49ers. With eight starts, she has a 4-4 record alongside 59 strikeouts and has held opponenets to an average of .294.

Every game of the weekend will be available via live stats. Check the schedule for updated information

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

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