Shauna Howell, BYU Athletics
Six BYU softball players were named to the All-WCC Preseason Poll on Wednesday. The Cougars season opens on Feb. 7, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The five-time defending West Coast Conference champions, BYU softball, has been selected to claim the 2019 WCC title, the league announced Wednesday.

The Cougars (37-22, 13-1 WCC) return five starters from a squad that advanced to its 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament in 2018. After leading the conference with six student-athletes named Preseason All-WCC, BYU will enter the new season under head coach Gordon Eakin for the 17th consecutive year.

Libby Sugg, a Third-Team NFCA All-American who ranked seventh nationally last year with 67 RBIs, was one of four BYU position players named Preseason All-WCC. The three-time all-conference catcher joined 2018 first-team All-WCC selection Lexi Tarrow, 2018 WCC Player of the Year Rylee Jensen and 2018 WCC Freshman of the Year Bridget Fleener on the billing.

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BYU also occupied two of the three pitchers’ spots on this year’s preseason roster, held by Autumn Moffat and 2018 WCC Co-Pitcher of the Year Kerisa Viramontes.

The Cougars received four of the six place first-place votes, totaling 24 votes of the maximum 25 points. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team. Loyola Marymount took second place with two first-place votes, and San Diego followed in third with 15 votes. Pacific, Santa Clara and Saint Mary's took the final three spots, respectively.