BYU softball earns nine All-WCC selections
In the program’s final season competing in the WCC, BYU softball flooded the conference’s end of season awards as a convincing farewell.
Four Cougars — Huntyr Ava, Ailana Agbayani, Violet Zavodnik and Kaysen Korth — were named to the All-WCC First Team, with another five — Maddie Bejarano, Martha Epenesa, Hailey Morrow, Chloe Temples and Tristen Turlington — earning Second Team honors.
Ava was named the WCC Player of the Year after leading the league with 14 home runs and 46 RBI. Agbayani hit .329, scored 34 runs and earned WCC Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Morrow was the conference’s Freshman of the Year after driving in 38 RBI, slugging .603 and throwing out 12 runners on the basepaths.
Korth led the league with 18 victories on the mound to couple with a 2.40 earned run average and 175 strikeouts over 160.1 innings of work. Zavodnik — the 2021 Player of the Year and now a three time First Team selection — hit nine homers with 36 RBI in her third season roaming center field for the Cougars.
Bejarano batted .300 on the campaign with a team-high 25 walks, with Epenesa tallying 18 RBI with a .462 slugging mark. Turlington hit .353 over 21 games while slugging .627 with 15 RBI, and Temples piled up 106 strikeouts with a 3.80 ERA over 101.1 innings pitched.
The Cougars completed the 2023 season at 35-17 for their 22nd consecutive 30-win finish, landing in second place within the conference with a 11-4 league record to miss the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. BYU was selected for the National Invitational Softball Championship, beating South Dakota State and Maryland before falling to Iowa in the tournament final.