Four Herd Softball Players Named C-USA All-Conference
All four appear on the C-USA second team
May 9, 2012
IRVING, Texas – Following one of its best regular-seasons in Conference USA, four Marshall softball players have been voted to the 2012 Conference USA Softball All-Conference second team.
All-Conference selections consist of two teams with a total of 25 student-athletes. Each team, plus the all-freshman team and specialty awards are voted on by the nine conference softball head coaches.
After being named to this season’s preseason all-conference team, catcher Rebecca Gamby earned her second straight all-conference nod. The senior was on the C-USA first team last season and this year earned the accolade thanks in part to her .342 batting average, 51 hits, 11 doubles, six home runs, and 29 RBI. Each of those is in the top two on the Herd while her average and hits are career highs. Gamby had her first four hit game at Southern Miss and hit a walk-off home run against George Washington.
Alianna Telles picks up her first all-conference honor after posting career highs in batting average (.312), hits (53), doubles (14), and walks (20). Her hits and doubles are team highs. She is tied for the conference lead in doubles and ranks fourth all-time in career doubles with 40. Telles had her first four hit game against UTEP earlier this season, which helped her earn her first C-USA Hitter of the Week award.
Jazmine Valle is now a two-time all-conference honoree, after being named to the all-conference team during her freshman year. This season Valle has a .280 batting average with a team leading 10 home runs and 42 runs batted in. Her RBI total along with 19 runs scored are career highs. The California native became the fifth Marshall player to have 100 career RBI earlier this season. She now has 107 runs batted in. The junior hit a walk-off home run to defeat Longwood this year.
After three straight shutouts of UCF to end the season, Andi Williamson appeared as a C-USA All-Conference team member for the first time. She has a 1.47 earned run average for third best in conference. Her 23 wins ties for the most single-season victories by a Herd pitcher. 253 strikeouts this season is the second highest total by a MU pitcher in a season and ranks second in C-USA. Her .187 opponent batting average is the lowest single-season number in school history and the first below .200.
Marshall (34-20, 15-9 C-USA) is coming off three straight shutouts against UCF to conclude the regular season. The Herd secured the three seed thanks to its three game sweep of the Knights. Marshall will play East Carolina in C-USA tournament on Thursday. The first round game is slated for 5:30 p.m. ET in Birmingham, Ala.
Conference USA Softball All-Conference Awards
Player of the Year - Camilla Carrera, UTEP
Co-Pitcher of the Year - Lacey Middlebrooks, Tulsa/Mackenzie Audas, UCF
Co-Newcomer of the Year - Whitney Fletcher, UAB/Ali Schmidt, UCF
Freshman of the Year - Mackenzie Audas, UCF
Coach of the Year - John Bargfeldt, Tulsa
All-C-USA First Team
C Haley Outon, Houston
C Mandy Lowman, UAB
IF Holly Anderson, Houston
IF Jill Barrett, Tulsa
IF Samantha Cobb, Tulsa
IF Natalie Land, UCF
OF Melissa Gregson, Houston
OF Caitlin Everett, Tulsa
OF Chelsea Troupe, UTEP
P Lacey Middlebrooks, Tulsa
P Mackenzie Audas, UCF
UT Camilla Carrera, UTEP
All-C-USA Second Team
C Rebecca Gamby, Marshall
IF Jennifer Klinkert, Houston
IF Alianna Telles, Marshall
IF Jazmine Valle, Marshall
IF Laura Curtis, Memphis
IF Farrah Sullivan, UCF
OF Suzanne Riggs, East Carolina
OF Catherine Crawford, UAB
OF Whitney Fletcher, UAB
OF Vanessa Perez, UCF
P Andi Williamson, Marshall
P Lannah Campbell, UAB
UT Kristen McGrath, UAB
Sarah Christian, P, East Carolina
Jaime Edwards, IF, Houston
Jordan Richwood, P, Memphis
Caroline Walker, IF, Southern Miss
Julie Kernen, IF, Tulsa
Heather Pearson, IF, UAB
Mackenzie Audas, P, UCF
Farrah Sullivan, IF, UCF
Kahley Novak, OF/IF, UCF
Hayley Barrow, IF/C, UCF
Tahla Wade, OF, UTEP