Big 12 Softball Preseason Poll: Cougars Picked to Finish 7th

The Big 12 Preseason Poll was revealed on Wednesday, with BYU picked to finish seventh out of ten teams in the conference.

The Cougars are coming off a 2023 season which saw them go 35-17 and finish second in the West Coast Conference.

Now, in their first season in the Big 12, the competition ramps up with three-time defending national champions, Oklahoma, picked once again to finish atop the conference. BYU travels to Norman to play the Sooners in a three game series on April 11th.

BYU is returning the reigning West Coast Player of the Year, Huntyr Ava, who had a team high 16 homers and 50 RBI in 2023. They also return first-team all WCC shortstop/pitcher, Ailana Agbayani, who led the team with 59 hits last season.

Huntyr Ava looks to teammates after a hit against Iowa State. (Haleigh Weaver)

BYU also adds power five experience with Ole Miss transfer Keila Kamoku and Cal transfer Aleia Agbayani. They’ll look to aid the Cougars in their inaugural season in the Big 12.

BYU opens its season February 8th against Missouri-Kansas City in Hawaii, and it begins conference play in Provo on March 7th against Texas Tech.

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