Two weeks in the past, Rylee Jensen-McFarland and the remainder of the BYU softball group have been in Tuscaloosa, able to face No. 10 Alabama within the opening recreation of the T-City Showdown. The Cougars have been set to additionally face two different opponents, together with No. three Texas, over the weekend.
However earlier than something may even begin, all the pieces was canceled.
Since then, Jensen-McFarland nonetheless hasn’t fairly been capable of totally course of the sudden finish her senior season has taken because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
“It’s like I don’t know what to do with my life,” the senior from Idaho Falls stated this week.
my coronary heart is damaged. https://t.co/XSOmKW21Rr
— Rylee McFarland (@jensen_rylee) March 12, 2020
Though Jensen-McFarland is again in Idaho along with her husband Darius McFarland and her household, she’s nonetheless been battling a sports-less world.
Though gyms and coaching amenities have began to shut down nationwide, Jensen-McFarland cannot simply stop sports activities. So, she’s resorted to watching movie.
“I’m nonetheless attempting to study as a result of I don’t know what’s subsequent for me,” Jensen-McFarland stated. “However even my entire household, I’ve three brothers and a sister — and even my husband, we don’t know what to look at on TV. We don’t know what to do as a result of there’s no sports activities. I by no means envisioned a world with out sports activities as a result of I’ve simply had it my entire life.”
For Jensen-McFarland, this was going to be the yr.
Coming off a career-best .381 hitting season final yr, the outfielder was hitting .441 practically halfway by means of this season, whereas slugging .838 and incomes a .518 on base proportion — each career-bests. She ranked No. 1 in all three stats amongst all seniors in program historical past earlier than the season was suspended after 23 video games.
After coming near breaking into the All-American listing over her profession, this was the yr she needed to ensure to get the nationwide recognition. However it will not come this yr.
“That is actually, that is the toughest half for me as a result of I set my objectives for me,” Jensen-McFarland stated. “I really feel like, that is what’s so exhausting for me, I used to be doing so nicely. And it is simply so irritating.”
Jensen-McFarland can even miss out on a few of the video games she was most trying ahead to, just like the rivalry recreation towards Utah or the exhibition recreation towards Workforce Mexico within the Bear Down Fiesta that was scheduled to happen this weekend in Tucson.
However what may damage essentially the most is that the Cougars have been lastly discovering their groove, simply in time for the beginning of West Coast Convention play, when the remainder of the season was canceled.
“The final yr we misplaced pitching, this yr we had actually, actually robust pitching,” Jensen-McFarland stated. “And to start with of the yr our bats weren’t clicking, however I really feel like our bats began to click on proper once they have been taken away from us.”
Nevertheless, realizing how robust the BYU squad was and the way robust they’ll proceed to be subsequent yr is presumably the primary cause Jensen-McFarland may determine to come back again to Provo. The Cougars have routinely been capable of make it to the NCAA Regionals, however have struggled to make it to the Tremendous Regionals.
Subsequent season, BYU might be a Faculty World Sequence group, Jensen-McFarland believes.
The NCAA has introduced it’s going to grant spring pupil athletes aid for a season of eligibility, though the small print haven’t but been disclosed.
Jensen-McFarland hasn’t fairly selected whether or not or not she ought to come again, however hopes to come back to a conclusion over the subsequent couple of weeks. Both manner, it has been a choice that has prompted her loads of back-and-forth thought.
“I do not know, I simply really feel like a part of me is like my time at BYU has come and gone and I must let any individual else go in and do their factor,” Jensen-McFarland stated. “And likewise part of me is like, I positively have unfinished enterprise.”
Whereas not but a tough sure, she is leaning extra in the direction of coming again for a redo of her senior season.
“I really feel like I’ve left my mark at BYU, however I would like there to be no query who I used to be,” Jensen-McFarland stated. “Not solely what sort of athlete I used to be, however what sort of particular person I used to be.”