POSTED: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 5:52pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 9:02pm
UTEP softball’s Camilla Carrera was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America first team on Wednesday, becoming the first player in program history to earn the distinction.
Carrera, who was recently named to the NFCA All-Midwest Region and Conference USA’s Player of the Year, is listed among the nation’s best players, including NCAA World Series competitors Ellen Renfro (Tennessee), Keilani Ricketts (Oklahoma) and Alabama’s Jackie Traina.
The Arizona native also becomes the first player in C-USA to be tabbed to the All-America first team since DePaul’s Lindsay Chouinard in 2003.
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 recordbook.
Carrera's batting average of .453 ranks sixth nationally as does her walks per game (0.92) 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).
The utility, who saw time at first base, catcher and as designated player, 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. Carrera recorded 18-multi RBI games, 17 multi-hit games, and 7 multi-HR games during the 2012 slate.
For more information on the NFCA All-America selections, visit NFCA.org.