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BYU softball: Cougars sweep WCC weekly awards

By Spencer Shamo

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, March 31 2014 2:09 p.m. MDT

BYU softball swept the West Coast Conference weekly awards with freshmen McKenna Bull and Sydney Broderick taking home their first Softball Pitcher and Player of the Week awards.

Freshman RHP Bull led BYU to wins over No. 2/3 Oregon and Idaho State this past week, pitching 17.1 innings with 20 strikeouts and a 2.42 ERA. She pitched 6.1 innings against the Ducks with five strikeouts and giving up three earned runs. Despite being sick on Saturday, Bull came in to get the save in BYU’s 11-10 victory over Idaho State before holding the nation’s No. 11 scoring offense to two runs and striking out nine in a complete game 9-2 victory.

Freshman catcher Broderick led BYU at the plate hitting .600 in four games with two home runs, two triples, five RBIs, four runs and four walks. In the second game against Idaho State on Saturday, Broderick was a perfect 3-for-3 with a home run, a triple and three RBIs helping the Cougars overcome a 10-0 deficit. With the tying run at first in the top of the seventh, Broderick caught the runner stealing for the final out of the game to seal the win. In the next game, she went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a triple in a 9-2 victory.

McKenzie St. Clair was named WCC Player of the Week once and Katie Manuma was named twice earlier this year. This is the first selection of any BYU pitcher to the weekly awards this season.

BYU takes on Utah State on Wednesday at 4 p.m. MDT at Gail Miller Field. The game will be broadcast live on TheW.tv.

Spencer Shamo is a Communications major at BYU and the BYU softball SID.

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