Chelsea Troupe earned a place on the Preseason All-Conference USA Softball Team, which was announced by the league office Wednesday afternoon.
A senior from Oceanside, Calif.,Troupe finished the 2010 campaign ranked second in C-USA in batting average (.404), home runs (14), runs (37), and led the team in slugging percentage (.885), runs batted in (31), walks (27), total bases (92), and on-base percentage (.543). Her 14 home runs became a new standard for most home runs in a single season by a Miner. Troupe was also a perfect 11-11 in stolen bases.
Tulsa sophomore right-hander Aimee Creger was selected C-USA Preseason Pitcher of the Year while Houston’s senior slugger Melissa Gregson was named C-USA Preseason Player of the Year.
The Miners open their season on Feb. 9 at 3:00 against Santa Clara at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex.
Conference USA Preseason Poll (1st-place votes)
1. Tulsa (7) - 79
2. Houston (1) - 67
3. UAB (1) - 60
4. Memphis - 52
5. East Carolina - 39
6. UCF - 33
7. Southern Miss - 32
8. Marshall - 27
9. UTEP - 16
Preseason All-Conference USA Team
P Aimee Creger, Tulsa, So.
P Carly Hummel, Memphis, Jr.
C Rebecca Gamby, Marshall, Sr.
IF Samantha Cobb, Tulsa, Jr.
IF Holly Anderson, Houston, Jr.
IF Natalie Land, UCF, Sr.
IF Jessica Phillips, Memphis, Sr.
IF Jill Barrett, Tulsa, So.
IF Kristi Oshiro, East Carolina, So.
OF Caitlin Everett, Tulsa, Jr.
OF Leslie LeJune, Southern Miss, Sr.
OF Suzanne Riggs, East Carolina, Sr.
OF Melissa Gregson, Houston, Sr.
DP Jill Jelnick, East Carolina, So.
UT Chelsea Troupe, UTEP, Sr.
Preseason Player of the Year
Melissa Gregson, Houston, Sr.
Preseason Pitcher of the Year
Aimee Creger, Tulsa, So.