BYU Roundup: Deming earns WCC Player of the Week honors | News, Sports, Jobs
SAN MATEO, Calif. — BYU third baseman Austin Deming was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week Monday for his performance last week in leading BYU to four straight road wins.
The Cougars beat Cal State Fullerton 10-5 in a midweek game before sweeping Pepperdine in a three-game WCC series (4-2, 6-3, 4-2) this weekend. Deming went 8 of 16 at the plate and had at least one hit in all four games. His game of three hits, two runs and two RBIs against Fullerton was the difference in BYU’s 10-5 win. In Game 3 at Pepperdine, Deming broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning with a two RBI single from the left field line to give BYU the lead and ultimately the win. In four games, he hit .500, had four RBIs, scored three times, homered, doubled, and led the Cougars with .566 on-base percentage and .750 hitting percentage.
The Santa Clara, Utah junior currently leads BYU in batting average (.312) and runs scored (31) and is second in several other statistical categories, including hits (48), doubles (12 ), home runs (5), total bases (77), slugging percentage (.500) and on-base percentage (.394).
BYU returns home this week for four games at Miller Park. The Cougars take on Dixie State on Tuesday, May 10 at 5 p.m. MDT, before hosting Pacific in Provo for a three-game WCC series on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Cougars sweep WCC softball awards
MURRIETA, Calif. — Violet Zavodnik and Autumn Moffat-Koth earned weekly West Coast Conference honors, the conference announced Monday. Zavodnik was named Player of the Week and Moffat-Korth took home pitcher of the week honors.
In BYU’s four wins last week, including a three-game shutout sweep against Pacific, Zavodnik hit a .667 batting average, with eight hits, five runs, six RBIs and a triple. In four games, she hit five home runs, bringing her season total to 17. Against UVU, she was a perfect 3 of 3, including a pair of home runs.
With four games left in the regular season, Zavodnik has already broken several career records since her WCC Player of the Year rookie season last year. In 2021, she finished with 64 hits, 44 runs, 48 RBIs and 14 homers. Right now, Zavodnik is hitting .397 with 56 hits, 42 runs, 50 RBIs and 17 homers.
Moffat-Korth went the distance in both wins last week, improving his season record to 16-7. Against UVU on Tuesday, she allowed four runs, but not all of them were earned. In the series against Pacific, Moffat-Korth allowed no runs and only one walk in the 14 innings she pitched. She had eight strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings of work.
Women’s golf ninth after first round of Franklin Regional
BYU’s women’s golf team is in ninth place after day one of the NCAA Golf Tournament’s Franklin Regional with a 298 (+10) carding at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., on Monday.
Duke and Alabama are tied for first with scores of 287 (-1) and Vanderbilt is third at 288 (even).
Lila Galeai was BYU’s top individual scorer, posting a first-round 73(+1) to tie with eight others for 19th. Allysha Mae Mateo is tied for 28th at 74 (+2), Annik Haczkiewicz is tied for 38th at 75 (+3), Adeline Anderson is tied for 43rd at 76 (+4) and Kerstin Fotu is tied for 54th at 78 (+ 6).
Alabama’s Polly Mack has a one-shot lead shooting a 65 (-7) on Day 1, followed by East Tennessee State’s Hollie Muse at 66 (-6). Texas A&M’s Jennie Park (69, -3), Boston University’s Flair Kuan (70, -2) and Wake Forest’s Rachel Kuehn (70, -2) round out the top five.
Second-round action begins Tuesday and the final round is Wednesday. The top four teams and two individuals (not part of a progressing team) will advance from each of the six regionals to Scottsdale, Arizona for the national championships.
Women’s basketball adds shooting guard
BYU Women’s Basketball has signed guard Sophia Lee from St. Mary’s High School in California to join the program for the 2022-23 season.
A 5-foot-7 shooter from Stockton, Calif., Lee joins a recruiting class that included early signers Shayla Gillmer, a 6-foot-1 from Aliso Viejo, Calif., and Alyssa Blanck, a 6-foot-2 local product from Olympus High School in Utah.
Lee helped St. Mary’s go 21-8 as a senior and rank 11th in the state. The Rams advanced to the state regional semifinals with Lee in 2022, averaging 4.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals as a senior. As a junior, Lee had 8.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
A multi-sport student-athlete, Lee also competed cross-country and served as student body president at St. Mary’s while playing for NBA Hall of Fame Jason Kidd’s AAU team, Jason Kidd Select.