Softball Garners Three Preseason All-Conference USA Selections
Jan. 14, 2009
UTEP's three selections are the second most in the league behind Houston's five.
Bennett, Carrera and Townsend were All-Conference USA honorees in 2008.
A two-time All-Conference USA selection, Bennett became UTEP's career leader in runs scored (126), walks (76), hit-by-pitch (22) and assists (258). She batted .307 in 2008 and ranked 31st nationally in runs with 41, also a team-high. She tied for the top spot in doubles with 12 and tallied 50 hits and three long balls for a total of 20 RBI. On defense, she registered 37 putouts with 81 assists.
Carrera became the first Miner in UTEP softball program history to be recognized on two postseason all-league teams in the same campaign - first team All-Conference USA and the All-Freshman team. Carrera was first on the team and fourth in the league in batting average (.373) and was first on the team in hits (53), slugging percentage (.627), and ranked tied for first in doubles (12) while seeing time at catcher, first base, third base, outfield and designated player.
A two-time All-Conference USA honoree, Townsend was one of just two players to start in all of UTEP's 54 games. She led the Miners in RBI (35), home runs (9), walks (34) and on base percentage (.474) and total bases (90). She was second on the team in batting average (.344), slugging percentage (.596), runs (38) and hits (52) while posting nine multiple RBI games to rank first on the team.
As a pitcher, Townsend tallied a 2.62 ERA. She broke the single season record for wins with 12 and became the Miners' all-time career victory leader with 21. In 29 appearances including 24 starts, Townsend tossed 13 complete games and posted four shutouts with one save. She struck out a team-high 146 batters in 139 innings of work and twice hurled double-digit strikeouts including a career-high 12 vs. Memphis.
The Miners open their 2009 slate in Tempe, Ariz. at the Kajikawa Classic, Feb. 6-8.
Player of the Year
Jessica Valis Sr. Houston
Pitcher of the Year
Jordan Kinard So. Tulsa
Pos Name Yr. School
C Elaina Nordstrom Sr. Houston
IF Jennifer Klinkert So. Houston
IF Jessica Valis Sr. Houston
IF Breanne Javier Sr. UCF
IF Tiffany Lane So. UCF
IF Amber Bennett Sr. UTEP
OF Katie Bush Sr. Houston
OF Laurie Wagner Sr. Houston
OF Megan Hill Jr. Southern Miss
OF Lauren Lindsay Jr. Tulsa
P Jordan Kindard So. Tulsa
UT Camilla Carerra So. UTEP
DP Stacie Townsend Jr. UTEP