Townsend, Carerra Named to All-Conference First Team

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 9:13pm

UTEP softball’s Camilla Carrera and Stacie Townsend were tabbed 2010 All-Conference USA first team as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Carrera becomes the first player in UTEP softball history to receive first team honors three consecutive seasons.

The pair also becomes the first in program history to receive all-conference honors three times during their tenure.

This is the third honor for Townsend who was an All-Freshman selection in 2007 and was named to the first team during her sophomore campaign.

Named Conference USA Hitter of the Week twice in 2010 (March 1 and March 22), Carrera played and started all 54 games for the Miners, seeing time at first base and catcher.

A native of Laveen, Ariz., Carrera is batting a team-best .381 and ranks first on the team in hits (59), RBIs (42), doubles (16), total bases (93) and double plays (5). She is second in slugging percentage (.600), on base percentage (.487), runs scored (37), walks (29), chances (319) and putouts (293) and is second in C-USA in batting average and doubles, third in RBIs and fourth in on base percentage, hits and walk.

Carrera laced six home runs in 2010 and was intentionally walked six times in 2010 – a season standard. She leads UTEP in multiple hit (14) and RBI (13) games and needs two RBIs to break the season record she set a year ago. Carrera’s recorded a grand slam home run against Belmont, driving in a season-high four RBIs and reached a career-high eight total bases.

Recently named to ESPN The Magazine’s All-District First Team, Townsend owns the UTEP career records for hits (199), home runs (33), walks (128), lowest ERA (2.79), wins (64), shutouts (11), innings pitched (716.1), strikeouts (794), and strikeouts looking (175). She was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week on Feb. 23, a day after becoming just the third player in Conference USA history to sweep Pitcher and Hitter of the Week honors and has also been awarded the league’s weekly prize two other times (March 22 and April 5) for a total of five in her career.

Townsend is the first pitcher in program history to collect 700 strikeouts for a career, 300 in a season and register 200 K’s twice in a tenure. A senor from Orlando, Fla., Townsend is the only player in the circle to reach the 20-win plateau, garnering 25 triumphs in 2010. She has collected two wins (six career) over top-25 opponents and posted her first no-hitter this season, picking up 18 K’s in the process, a single-game standard.

Townsend is batting .368 to rank second on the team and fourth in the league, and leads UTEP in slugging percentage (.669), on base percentage (.552), runs scored (42), home runs (11), walks (51) and stolen bases and ranks first in the league in on base percentage and batters struck out (70) and is tied on fielding percentage (1.000)

In the circle, Townsend has fanned 324 batters in 43 appearances for UTEP and recorded 11 double-digit K games including three contests over the 15 mark. She posted five shutout victories and three combined with one save in 222.2 innings pitched.

At the plate, Townsend has recorded 12 multiple hit games and seven multiple RBI contests and owns the longest hitting streak with 10 consecutive contests with a hit. She laced two grand slams in 2010.

The Miners are in Houston preparing for the opening round of the Conference USA Softball Championships. UTEP, who goes into the tournament as the six-seed, will face no. 3 UCF at 1:30 p.m. CDT. The Miners are 0-3 against the Knights in 2010 and 12-4 all time in the series.

The winner will advance to the semifinal game and play the winner of no. 2 Tulsa and no. 7 Memphis. The title game will be nationally televised on CBS College Sports at 1:30 p.m. CDT.

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