Cameron Muh | Posted: 21 Feb 2023 | Updated: 4 Mar 2023

BYU travels to California for Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

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Maddie Bejarano points back at first base after a big play against DePaul at the Littlewood Classic

PROVO, Utah — On a six-game win streak, BYU softball heads to Palm Springs to participate in the Mary Nutter Cathedral City Collegiate Classic this week. The Cougars are scheduled to face No. 21/24 Missouri, Texas A&M, San Diego State and Long Beach State in California.

All four games will be played at the Big League Dreams Park, with BYU’s Thursday and Friday games slated to be at Yankee Stadium and the Cougars’ Saturday matchup with Long Beach State at Pawtucket Field.

More information about the tournament, including ticket and parking information, can be found at the Mary Nutter Classic website.

Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Schedule
Opponent Date & Time Live Stream Live Stats
No. 21/24Missouri Thursday, Feb. 23 | 3 p.m. PST FloSoftball Stat Broadcast
Texas A&M Thursday, Feb. 23 | 5:30 p.m. PST FloSoftball Stat Broadcast
San Diego State Friday, Feb. 24 | 8 p.m. PST FloSoftball Stat Broadcast
Long Beach State Saturday, Feb. 25 | Noon PST FloSoftball Stat Broadcast

Going 5-0 at the Littlewood Classic in Tempe, Arizona last week, including a 10-5 win over host and then No. 22 Arizona State, BYU swept the West Coast Conference’s weekly awards, with freshman Kaysen Korth earning Pitcher of the Week honors and senior third baseman Martha Epenesa being named Player of the Week.

The Cougars received one vote in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll and 17 in the Softball Top 25 Poll this week and will face one ranked team at Mary Nutter in Mizzou. Both Texas A&M (7/54) and San Diego State (10/7) also received votes in the two polls.

As a team, BYU ranks in the top-100 of a number of statistical categories, including No. 39 in home runs per game (1.00), No. 49 in hit batters (3), No. 62 in on-base percentage (.385), No. 70 in scoring (5.33), No. 72 in batting average (.294), No. 73 in slugging percentage (.434) and No. 74 in stolen bases per game (1.44).

The Cougars also rank in a handful of categories on an individual scale. Violet Zavodnik is 11th in hit by pitch average, at 0.56, and Epenesa averages a walk a game, ranking 25th. 

With 14 hits on the season, Maddie Bejarano ranks No. 34, with Huntyr Ava’s three home runs ranking No. 39. Epenesa also ranks in the top-50 in on-base percentage (.609), coming in at No. 42, while Korth’s 30 total strikeouts rank No. 49. 

  • No. 24/21 Missouri
    • Missouri has started the season 9-2 and is also on a six-game win streak
    • Most notably, the Tigers have beaten No. 8 Northwestern and No. 20 UCF
    • Jenna Laird (.487), Alex Honnold (.480) and Maddie Snider (.467) lead Mizzou in batting average, all hitting above .400
    • Lauren Krings (24 innings pitched) and Cierra Harrison (17.2 innings pitched) pace the Tigers in the circle, posting 3.21 and 2.77 ERA's, respectively 
    • In five seasons as head coach at Missouri, Larissa Anderson is 143-73 (.662), with a 271-146-1 (.651) record for her career
  • Texas A&M
    • Texas A&M has also began its 2023 season 9-2
    • The Aggies earned wins over No. 15 Arizona and No. 20 UCF last week
    • Amari Harper (.550) and Trinity Cannon (.519) lead Texas A&M with .500+ batting averages
    • Emiley Kennedy (0.36 ERA), Shaylee Ackerman (1.59 ERA), and Emily Leavitt (2.57 ERA) have all pitched 16 or more innings for the Aggies this season
    • Trisha Ford is in her first season as head coach at Texas A&M, going 9-2 (.818) thus far. For her coaching career, Ford is 406-228-1 (.640). 
  • San Diego State
    • San Diego State is 8-2 to start the season
    • The Aztecs have wins over Notre Dame, LMU and Utah Valley, with losses to No. 22 Arizona State and No. 24 Oregon
    • Jillian Celis (.419) and Bella Espinoza (.400) are the two SDSU players batting .400 or better on the year
    • Dani Martinez (0.86 ERA), Dee Dee Hernandez (1.84 ERA), Sarah Legman (2.10 ERA) and Allie Light (2.44 ERA) have all pitched 14 or more innings for the Aztecs
    • Two seasons in as head coach at SDSU, Stacey Nuveman Deniz is 47-18 (.723)
  • Long Beach State
    • Long Beach State is 4-6 to begin its 2023 campaign
    • LBSU has beaten Kansas, NC State and San Diego this season
    • Sarah Olson (.343), Carly Robbins (.333) and Cassi Camou (.308) lead the Beach with batting averages of .300 or better
    • Shannon Haddad (2.96 ERA), Eryka Gonzales (3.07 ERA) and Samantha Fowler (3.73 ERA) have each seen significant time in the circle for Long Beach this season
    • Kim Sowder has spent all 17 seasons of her coaching career at LBSU, posting a 500-336-1 (.598) record in that time

The Cougars will return to the state of Utah after the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, making the drive south to Utah Tech to play in the Trailblazer Tournament next week, beginning with a second matchup against Oregon State on Thursday, March 2. 

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