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#24 Courtney Breault
Position: Infielder
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'9"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Roseville, Calif.
High School: Woodcreek
Other College: Arkansas
Club: California Breeze

Career Honors & Awards

  • All-Big Ten Second Team (2012, 2013)
  • SEC All-Freshman Team (2010)
  • SEC Freshman of the Week (May 3, 2010)
  • SEC All-Freshman Academic Team (2010)
  • Two-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
  • Two-Time SEC Academic Honor Roll (2010 & 2011)

Career Capsule
After spending her first two seasons at Arkansas, Courtney Breault enjoyed a strong career at Nebraska that culminated in a trip to the Women's College World Series as a senior. Breault started 72 games in her two seasons as a Husker, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors at second base in 2012 before repeating as a second-team all-conference selection at designated player in 2013.

Despite battling a shoulder injury, Breault produced outstanding results in her career. She posted a .267 batting average in 167 career starts, slugging 19 doubles and 19 home runs while adding 99 RBIs. She hit 10 home runs and produced 48 RBIs in only 208 at bats in her two seasons at Nebraska.

Senior Season [2013]
Breault patiently waited her turn then broke out during the conference season to earn second-team All-Big Ten accolades for the second consecutive season. Her team-first attitude epitomized Nebraska’s overall success in 2013, as Breault played a key role in helping the Huskers return to the Women’s College World Series for the first time in more than a decade and for the seventh time in school history. Breault appeared in 40 games and made 26 starts in 2013. She started a team-high 26 games as the designated player after earning All-Big Ten honors at second base in 2012.

Breault hit .258 with three doubles and five home runs in her final season. She also produced 24 RBIs in only 97 at bats, averaging one RBI every four at bats, an average that ranked third on the team. While Breault was a consistent run producer whenever she was in the lineup, she excelled during the Big Ten portion of Nebraska’s schedule. Breault produced 13 of her 25 hits and 12 of her 24 RBIs during the conference season. She batted .310 in Big Ten play and was second on the team with three home runs and third with 13 RBIs, despite starting only 12 games during the league portion of the Huskers’ schedule. Breault also slugged .548 during conference play.

Breault started the final 23 games of the season and made key contributions to Nebraska's run to the Women's College World Series. Her strong finish began with a big series at Purdue. Breault had four hits and hit two home runs while driving in five runs to help Nebraska sweep a doubleheader from the Boilermakers. She produced a season-high three hits in game two of the series. Four days later, Breault hit a grand slam against in-state rival Creighton to produce a season-high four RBIs. She then enjoyed a big series against No. 9 Michigan that weekend, finishing 6-for-9 with a homer and three doubles as Nebraska won the series. She went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and three RBIs in the series opener. The homer was her fourth in five games.

In the NCAA Tournament, Breault produced five hits in only 10 at bats at the NCAA Lincoln Regional, posting a .500 batting average. Her bat was a big reason Nebraska advanced, as she produced three RBIs in both of Nebraska’s wins against No. 13 Stanford, including a 2-for-4 effort with a double in the regional final victory. Breault also produced a run and an RBI in Nebraska’s 4-2 victory at No. 3 Oregon in the championship game of the Eugene Super Regional, when the Huskers clinched a spot in the NCAA Women’s College World Series.

Junior Season [2012]
In her first year at Nebraska, Breault was slowed early in the year while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but her production improved as she got healthier. Breault started 46 games in her junior season despite battling the injury, starting 43 games at second base and three games as the designated player. As her shoulder got stronger, Breault was able to play the field defensively, and she started Nebraska’s final 42 games at second. She was at her best during the Big Ten Conference season, when she earned second-team all-conference honors.

On the season, Breault batted .261 with two doubles, five home runs and 24 RBIs. Her numbers improved significantly over the second half of the season, when Breault was her healthiest. Over her first 25 games, Breault batted .212 with 11 hits in 52 at bats, including two doubles, one home run, 10 RBIs, nine walks, a .308 slugging percentage and a .354 on-base percentage. But as she regained strength in her shoulder, Breault batted .305 with 18 hits in 59 at bats, including four home runs, 14 RBIs, 10 walks, a .508 slugging percentage and a .417 on-base percentage. Over the entire season, Breault ranked third on the team with five home runs and she was one of a school-record seven Huskers to drive in at least 20 runs.

Breault was at her best during Nebraska’s Big Ten Conference season. She produced five of her eight multi-hit games during conference play and five of her seven multi-RBI efforts. Breault batted .305 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in conference play, while slugging .508 and reaching base at a .432 clip. She led all Big Ten second basemen in walks (10), home runs and on-base percentage, while ranking second in slugging percentage and RBIs and third in batting average.

Despite her limited availability early in the season, Breault made the most of her first start as a Husker. Although her shoulder injury limited her to hitting-only duties, Breaultearned the start at designated player against No. 8 Arizona in the second game of the season. She responded by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs, including a game-winning, walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Defensively, Breault committed eight errors and posted a .944 fielding percentage at second base. While fighting through her injury problems, Breault posted a .955 fielding percentage during Big Ten play, committing only four errors in 23 games.

Before Nebraska (Arkansas/Woodcreek HS)
Breault started 95 games the past two seasons at Arkansas, boasting a .272 batting average with 14 doubles, nine home runs and 51 RBIs. Breault also scored 27 runs and posted a .363 on-base percentage and a .429 slugging percentage in her two-year career as a Razorback.

As a freshman in 2010, Breault earned a spot on the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team. She batted .277 that season while starting 54 of Arkansas’ 56 games at second base. Breault added seven doubles, six home runs and 32 RBIs. Early in her freshman season, Breault helped lead Arkansas to a 2-0 win over Nebraska in February at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Against the Huskers, Breault homered and walked to account for two of the Razorbacks’ three baserunners in the game. During SEC play, Breault ranked third on the team with a .313 batting average. She produced 25 of her 43 hits, four of her six home runs and 20 of her 32 RBIs in league play. Breault closed the regular season by earning SEC Freshman-of-the-Week honors on May 3, after going 5-for-7 with two home runs and seven RBIs in a three-game series against Ole Miss. Defensively, Breault posted a .941 fielding percentage.

In 2011, Breault batted .264 with seven doubles, three home runs and 19 RBIs. Although her average and slugging percentage dipped slightly as she dealt with her injury, Breault worked eight more walks in 43 fewer plate appearances to increase her on-base percentage by .060. She also cut her strikeout total nearly in half, recording more walks (23) than strikeouts (18). Breault again produced an impressive early-season performance, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs in a 4-3 win over top-ranked and defending national champion UCLA on Feb. 18. In SEC play, Breault ranked second on the team with one home run and six RBIs, despite recording only 45 at bats. Defensively, Breault committed five errors in 95 chances, including posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in conference play.

A native of Roseville, Calif., Breault attended Woodcreek High School. She was a four-year starter for the Timberwolves, including being the only freshman on the varsity roster in 2006 when Woodcreek was ranked 13th nationally by USA Today. A team captain as a junior and senior, Breault was a three-time all-league selection, was named to the all-area team as a sophomore and was named the Roseville Press Tribune’s City Player of the Year as a senior. In her final year, Breault batted .408 and led the league in average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and home runs. Breault was also a three-year letterwinner on the basketball court.

Personal
Courtney Janette Breault was born on Nov. 12, 1991, in Roseville, Calif., and is the daughter of Kevin and Julie Breault. She has one brother, Connor. Courtney earned her degree in management.

Career Statistics (at Arkansas 2010 & 2011; at Nebraska 2012 & 2013)

Year

Avg.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

OB%

SLG%

SB-ATT

FLD%

2010

.277

54-54

155

17

43

7

0

6

32

15

33

.337

.439

1-1

.941

2011

.264

42-41

106

10

28

7

0

3

19

23

18

.397

.415

1-1

.947

2012

.261

49-46

111

16

29

2

0

5

24

19

23

.387

.414

0-0

.944

2013

.258

40-26

97

7

25

3

0

5

24

5

19

.295

.443

0-0

.750

Total

.267

185-167

469

50

125

19

0

19

99

62

93

.362

.429

2-2

.941

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