May 9, 2012
El Paso, Texas - Camilla Carrera has been voted the Conference USA Player of the Year league officials announced on Wednesday. The senior slugger was also named to the All-Conference USA First Team for the first for the fourth time, becoming the first player in UTEP softball history to reach the achievement four times in a career. Carrera put together one of the most prolific seasons in NCAA Division I history on her way to her second Player of the Year award.
Carrera joins Southern Miss' Rachel Folden (2008 and 2009) as the only two players in conference history to win the award twice in their career. She also became the second female student-athlete in UTEP history to be awarded Player of the Year twice, joining basketball standout Jareica Hughes who won the award in back-to-back seasons (2008 and 2009).
The slugger from Laveen, Ariz. belted 32 home runs and slugged 1.199 during her senior campaign. Both marks are the second-best in NCAA Division I single-season history. Her average of 0.60 home runs per game set a new single-season standard in the NCAA record book. Carrera's batting average of .453 ranks 7th in the nation and her on-base percentage of 0.604 ranks third.
Carrera posted C-USA bests in runs (62), RBIs (66), total bases (169), and walks (49). Carrera finds her name at the top of the C-USA record book with her tally for home runs and total bases, while her total for runs and RBIs have her second for single-season totals in league history.
The senior first baseman lead the league in batting average in C-USA only games with a clip of .475. She also led C-USA only games in slugging percentage (1.169), on-base percentage (.640), runs (26), RBIs (26), home runs (12), walks (25), and total bases (69)
Carrera recorded 18-multi RBI games, 17 multi-hit games, and 7 multi-HR games during the 2012 slate.