UTEP senior named first team All-Conference USA
POSTED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 2:23pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 2:41pm
El Paso, TX — UTEP softball’s Erika Arcuri was named to the 2014 All-Conference USA first team league officials announced on Wednesday.
Arcuri was one of three outfielders to be recognized on the first team.
The senior completed her second season with the Orange and Blue after transferring from Florida International (FIU) prior to the 2013 season. Arcuri started 49 games, leading the Miners with a .366 batting average and hits (60), while finishing second with 32 runs scored and tallying six doubles, one triple and six stolen bases. She also recorded 18 RBI after notching seven in 2013. Pitchers had a difficult timewith Arcuri, as she only struck out eight times in 164 at bats, ranking third in conferences and 48th nationally in toughest to strikeout.
The native of Tampa, Fla. ended her UTEP career with a .357 batting average, ranking third-best in program history. But not only did she excel in the batter’s box, the center fielder was a Hoover on defense, committing zero errors during the 2014 campaign. Arcuri made spectacular catches with 85 putouts and recorded five assists with spot-on throws to the infield.
Her efforts helped the Miners make positive strides this season. The team won 17 games, the most in four seasons, while their nine conference wins more thanexceeded the six league victories the last three seasons. The Miners also hit .290 as a team, the third-best batting average in school history.
Arcuri connected on six hits, five RBI and scored three runs during a road sweep of La Tech on March 15-16. The clean up was the first-ever conference road sweep in program history. Arcuri went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the third game against the Lady Techsters. During that third contest, the Miners overcame a 7-3 deficit to win, 9-7, completing the sweep.
She also tallied five hits and three RBI in a home sweep of Middle Tennessee onApril 12-13 – UTEP’s first home sweep of a conference foe since the 2010 season. Arcuri went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored during the first win of the series.
Arcuri recorded 16 multi-hit games and achieved the longest hitting streak for theMiners, a 13-game stretch (March 1-21) in which she hit .469 (23-for-49). She also hit .372 in conference only games.
During her first season in the Sun City, Arucri earned the 2013 C-USA Newcomer of the Year, while leading the team with a .347 batting average.