May 25, 2010
OREM, Utah - Entering the 2010 softball season, UVU coach Todd Fairbourne thought his team could be the best he would have in the six years the Wolverines have been a four-year program.
They proved him right.
The Wolverines (28-31) won a Div. I school-record 28 games, finished second in their first year of play in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference, third in the Great West Conference, had eight first-team all-conference selections, and Fairbourne was named the GWC Coach of the Year.
"A lot of things played into our success," Fairbourne said. "We had a lot of great senior leadership and that will be missed next season."
As a team, the Wolverines his .305 as a team and had seven starters hit .300 or more.
Junior Meghan Woodworth, who played the majority of the season with a bad knee, led the team in hitting at .378 and also scored a team-high 49 runs. She tied for second on the club with doubles (14). She also had two triples, four homers and 25 RBIs.
Senior Cherylyn McGraw, who started every game in her four-year career (205) hit .371 while posting a team-high 63 hits and was tied for third with 31 RBIs. Defensively this season, she committed just four errors at first base.
She leaves UVU as one of the most heavily decorated player in UVU softball history. She holds the school record in seven major categories and is in the Top 10 in a several more: She is the leader in games played (205), games started (205), at-bats (614), runs scored (126), hits (201), RBIs (123), total bases (288) and walks (66).
"How do you replace that? You don't," Fairbourne said. "She set a precedent in terms of consistency and production. That's going to be difficult to match on both sides of the ball."
Senior Shaylyn Varney, the Wolverines' anchor behind the plate, hit .360 with 11 doubles, two triples and six homers while driving in 31 runs.
Sophomore Amanda Perez
, who .352, led the team in doubles (15), RBIs (48), while belting a school-record 12 homers.
Junior Megan Gardner (.326), junior Mandy Tapia (.324) and senior Jessica Anderson (.317) all hit over .300 for the Wolverines.
Sophomore Jessica Martin (9-5) led an improved pitching staff with a 4.20 ERA, while junior Kyli Flanary (4.48 ERA) led the team in wins with 11. Freshman Heather Bacon added six wins and Tapia posted two.
All four return next year.
"Our pitching improved significantly," Fairbourne said. "If we can knock off another run off our ERA next year, we will be heading in the right direction."
- UVU finished PCSC play 13-7 and was in the hunt for the conference title going into the final day.
- Shaylyn Varney, Cherylyn McGraw, Megan Gardner, Jessica Anderson, Kyli Flanary, Megahn Woodworth, Amber Sackett and Amanda Perez were named to the GWC First-Team.
- Meghan Woodworth and Cherylyn McGraw were named to the PCSC First Team, while Shaylyn Varney, Amanda Perez and Jessica Anderson were second-team selections, and Amber Sackett and Kyli Flanary were honorable-mention selections.
- The Wolverines were the No. 1 seed entering the GWC tournament.