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Carrera Garners Conference USA Player of the Year, Troupe to First Team


POSTED: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 1:18pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 5:37pm

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.

Chelsea Troupe has been named to the 2012 Conference USA All-Conference First Team and Tahla Wade has been named to the All-Freshman team league officials announced on Wednesday.

Troupe was one of only two miners to start in every game for the Miners during the 2012 campaign. She blasted 19 home runs which placed her 10th in the nation in the category. Troupe batted a stellar .426 in 53 games for the Orange and Blue driving in 44 on 69 hits and scoring 56 runs. She finished in the league's top-five in 11 major offensive categories. Her 0.37 home runs per game ranks 12th in the nation and the 1.06 runs per game she posted ranks 18th. Troupe’s on-base percentage of .519 finds her 26th in the nation.

The slugger from Oceanside, Calif. blasted seven home runs, 47 total bases, and 14 walks in league play to finish second in those categories. She also ranks third in slugging percentage (.712) fourth in runs (20), and fifth in on-base percentage (.471).

Wade made 39 appearances for the Miners in her freshman campaign. She had a batting average of .298 with 28 hits and 11 RBIs. She crossed the plate nine times. Wade was the only Miner to hit two triples. She was 4-6 in stolen bases in 2012.

The Zion, Ill. native posted a .279 clip in C-USA only games knocking 12 hits with two doubles and one triple. She scored three runs and drove in two in league action.

Below is a complete list of the All-Conference teams:

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

All-Freshman Team
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

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