Carrera and Troupe Nab C-USA Top Honors
May 6, 2009
EL PASO, Texas - UTEP softball's Camilla Carrera and Chelsea Troupe made program history on Wednesday, as they captured the Conference USA Player and Freshman of the Year honors as announced by league officials. The two were also named first team All-Conference USA.
Carrera, who was a first-team selection as a utility player her freshman campaign and grabbed the first-team nod at catcher this season, becomes the first player to nab the league's top prize. She becomes just the fourth female athlete at UTEP to be recognized with the honor in her respective sport (Laura Glasspool, Soccer; Gerina Mendoza, Golf; Jareica Hughes, Women's Basketball).
The Laveen, Arizona leads UTEP and Conference USA in batting average (.405), runs (43), hits (68), doubles (18), home runs (12), total bases (124) and is first on the team and second in the league in slugging percentage (.738), on base percentage (.493) and third in C-USA in RBIs (39). She has had four C-USA series with batting averages above .500 and two above .600.
Carrera broke the UTEP season standards for batting average, slugging percentage, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, total bases and intentional walks and has recorded three multiple home run games - the first player in the history of the program to do so.
Troupe claimed Freshman of the Year Honors, while being named first team all-league and while being recognized on the All-Freshman team. She becomes the first player in the programs' history to be honored three times. Troupe, who was named C-USA Hitter of the Week on Feb. 16,is third in the league with her .392 batting average and is also third in slugging percentage (.652), on-base percentage (.487) and hits (62). The rookie is second on her team with 15 doubles, eight home runs and 32 RBI.
Troupe holds freshman records for runs, hits, doubles, batting average, total bases and walks. She broke the UTEP season record for stolen bases with 14 while (also freshman record) while recording a string of 11 consecutive take aways, the most by any player in the history of the program. She has had 20 multi-hit games - the second most on the team, seven multi-RBI tilts and had a seven-game hitting streak.
The Miners host the 2009 Conference USA Championship presented by Helen of Troy that begins tomorrow and runs through Saturday. No. 7 UTEP will face no. 2 East Carolina at 5:30 p.m.
All-Conference USA First Team
C - Camilla Carrera, UTEP
IF - Jessica Johnson, East Carolina
IF - Jessica Valis, Houston
IF - Kailey Yarmer, Tulsa
IF - Tiffany Lane, UCF
OF - Megan Hill, Southern Miss
OF - Brooke Smart, Tulsa
OF - Lauren Lindsay, Tulsa
UT - Chelsea Troupe, UTEP
P - Toni Paisley, East Carolina
P - Jackie Lawrence, Tulsa
All-Conference USA Second Team
C - Kristin Pilgrim, Southern Miss
IF - Haley Valis, Houston
IF - Leila Dolfo, Memphis
IF - Vanessa Vice, Tulsa
IF - Breanne Javier, UCF
OF - Katie Bush, Houston
OF - Laurie Wagner, Houston
OF - Joscelyn Bitner, Marshall
UT - Abby McClain, UCF
P - Samantha Davis, Southern Miss
P - Jordan Kinard, Tulsa
All-Conference USA Freshman Team
Melissa Gregson, Houston
Rebecca Gamby, Marshall
Alianna Telles, Marshall
Lelani Bernardino, Memphis
Ashley Razey, Southern Miss
Jessica Stoelke, Tulsa
Skylar Swanson, Tulsa
Catherine Douglass, UAB
Natalie Land, UCF
Vanessa Perez, UCF
Chelsea Troupe, UTEP
Freshman of the Year: Chelsea Troupe, UT, UTEP
Co-Newcomers of the Year: Katie Murphree, P, Marshall Martina Landrum, CF, UAB
Pitcher of the Year: Toni Paisley, East Carolina
Player of the Year: Camilla Carrera, UTEP
Coach of the Year: Tracey Kee, East Carolina