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Skyline grad Jensen named WCC Co-Freshman of the Year


Skyline High School graduate Rylee Jensen was among nine BYU players to receive a West Coast Conference softball postseason award as announced Tuesday by the conference.

Jensen, an outfielder who has been leadoff hitter for the No. 21 Cougars in 48 of their 55 games this spring, was named WCC Co-Freshman of the Year. She shares the honor with Hailey Reed of Pacific University.

Through BYU’s 15 conference games, Jensen batted .452, scored 19 runs and had an on-base percentage of .556. She owns the No. 1 spot in the WCC in all three of those statistics. Jensen also received the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National of the Player of the Week award on May 2 after batting .667 with three home runs, 12 RBIs and eight runs scored in four wins for BYU from April 24 to 30. Through Tuesday, Jensen has 52 hits (tied for No. 4 in the WCC), 39 runs scored (tied for No. 3 in the WCC), 33 RBIs (No. 7 in the WCC), six home runs (tied for No. 8 in the WCC) and has a .356 batting average (No. 5 in the WCC), a .568 slugging percentage (No. 4 in the WCC), a .463 on base percentage (No. 3 in the WCC).

Also receiving WCC postseason awards for BYU were Caitlyn Larsen Alldredge (Player of the Year), McKenna Bull (Pitcher of the Year), Lauren Bell (Defensive Player of the Year) and Gordon Eakin (Coach of the Year). The No. 21 Cougars (44-11) begin the NCAA Division I Softball Championships Thursday in the Salt Lake City Regional against Missisippi State (36-20) at 4 p.m.

The Post Register’s 2016 All-Area Softball Player of the Year after a senior season that featured 37 RBIs, 13 home runs, two triples, 11 doubles, 33 stolen bases and a .514 batting average, Jensen committed to BYU the summer before her junior year. She was also recruited by Boise State, Wichita State, Idaho State, Weber State and Utah Valley and finished her Skyline career with 187 hits (school record), 36 home runs (school record), 148 RBIs (school record), 139 stolen bases (school record) and a .538 batting average.

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