UTEP Softball Inks Five for 2015 Season

Head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk

Dec. 2, 2013

EL PASO, Texas - UTEP head softball coach Tobin Echo-Hawk announced five new signees for the 2015 season on Monday.

A brief profile, along with a quote from Echo-Hawk on each signee, is below.

Courtney Clayton | Middle Infielder | 5' 7" | Glencoe HS | Cornelious, Ore. Played three seasons of varsity softball ... garnered multiple accolades highlighted by the 2013 Oregon 6A Player of the Year and named 2013 first-team All-State infielder ... led a 29-2 Crimson Tide team in hits (56), RBI (40) and batting average (.523), also added three homeruns, 34 runs scored and 17 doubles ... struck out only once during junior season ... hit first-career grand slam to open 2013 season in a 10-2 win over Liberty ... led squad with a .519 batting average during sophomore season ... part of three Pacific Conference Championship squads (2011-13) ... played with the Northwest Bullets (2012-14) and the Oregon Thunder (2004-11) softball club teams.

Coach Echo-Hawk on Clayton "Courtney is one of the most consistent players I have seen both offensively and defensively. She brings a completive energy that will be an asset to our team."

Linda Garcia | Catcher | 5' 4" | Kaiser HS | Fontana, Calif. Played three seasons of varsity softball ... established career highs during junior season in batting average (.346), RBI (29), homeruns (five) and on-base percentage (.454) ... named to 2013 first-team All-League ... went 2-for-5, with two RBI and a run scored during an 11-4 win over Mira Costa in the second-round of the 2013 CIF Southern Section Softball Championships - Division 3 ... tallied 13 doubles during sophomore season ... contributed during freshman season with a .312 batting average, 24 runs scored, 20 RBI and seven doubles to help lead the Cats to their first-ever CIF softball playoffs semifinals ... has hit .329, seven long balls, 71 RBI, scored 45 runs, notched 24 doubles and recorded 80 hits during three-year career.



Coach Echo-Hawk on Garcia "Linda is solid behind the plate and one of the hardest workers. Her knowledge of the game will benefit us behind the plate."

Breanna Medina | Outfield | 5' 7" | Faith Christian Academy | El Paso, Texas Played club softball with the Texas Sluggers and the New Mexico Sol ... all around athlete who excelled in volleyball and basketball ... FCA does not field a softball team ... won 2009 Western National Championship with the Sluggers and 2011 OKC Triple Crown Championship with the Sol ... averaged 11.9 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in 15 games during sophomore and junior basketball seasons ... played 70 sets during junior and senior volleyball seasons, recording 102 kills and 16 aces ... helped lead volleyball squad to 2014 TCAL State Final Four during senior season and guided basketball squad to 2013 TCAL State Final Four during junior season.

Coach Echo-Hawk on Medina "Breanna is a very talented dynamic player and will be extremely exciting to watch as she develops."

Hope Moreno | Infielder | 5' 5" | La Habra HS | La Habra, Calif. Played three seasons of varsity softball and is a two-year captain for the Highlanders ... hit .330 with 20 RBI, eight doubles and 13 runs scored during junior season ... played all 32 games during junior year ... recorded five multiple-hit games ... named to first-team All-League and Cypress All-Tournament team (3-for-7, 2B, 3B, 5 RBI and 2 BB) ... hit .402 with 20 RBI, 23 runs scored and three homeruns during sophomore season ... named to second-team All-League and Whittier Daily News All-Area second team ... efforts helped squad win 2012 and 2013 Freeway League Championships and advanced to semi-finals both seasons ... played club softball with the OC Batbusters.

Coach Echo-Hawk on Moreno "Hope brings a ton of energy and passion to the game. She is an amazing defensive player and has an infectious attitude."

Taylor Sargent | First Base | 5' 9" | Volcano Vista HS | Albuquerque, N.M. Named 2013 first-team All-District 1-5A ... knocked in 52 runs during junior season and led squad with a .521 batting average ... part of a squad that won 2012 state championship ... hit 12 homeruns and 59 RBI during sophomore season (2012) ... recognized by Albuquerque Journal as one of the top softball players in the state ... played multiple positions (except pitcher) with club team New Mexico Sundancers ... hit three consecutive homeruns against club team Alabama Lightning in 2012.

Coach Echo-Hawk on Sargent "Taylor has the ability to change the game with one swing. We are really excited to add her power at the plate to our team."

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