Haley Outon Named C-USA Player of the Year

Haley Outon

May 8, 2013

TULSA, Okla. - Three University of Houston softball student-athletes were named to the All-Conference USA First Team with Haley Outon garnering top honors being selected as the C-USA Player of the Year. Joining Outon on the C-USA First Team includes senior third baseman Holly Anderson (IF) and freshman outfielder Katie St. Pierre (OF).

St. Pierre also landed on the All-Freshman Team while pitcher Bailey Watts was named to the C-USA Second Team.

Outon is the second Houston player in the past three seasons to be named the league's Player of the Year, and is the fourth Cougar ever to earn the award. Outon joins Melissa Gregson (2011), Jessica Valis (2007) and Kristen Glowacz (2005) in claiming the top conference honor. The native of Pflugerville (Texas) closed out the 2013 campaign with a .349 batting average and league-leading totals in home runs (15), slugging (.743), RBI (59), total bases (113) and walks (40). Her 59 RBI are tied for the fourth-best single-season total in C-USA history and five away from tying her own school record.

Anderson was a major sparkplug for the Cougars offense all season long and finished second in the league in multiple categories including bating average (.376), slugging (.661), RBI (46), total bases (109). The senior Anderson also ranked No. 3 among the league in runs (41), hits (62) and home runs (11). Anderson leads C-USA with 14 doubles and is one away from tying the school record.

Freshman St. Pierre moved into the leadoff spot for the Cougars allowing Anderson to move into the No. 3 spot and the team's production shot up once the switch took hold. One of three players to start all 55 games, St. Pierre set a school record with a 21-game hitting streak during her rookie campaign and carried the third-highest batting average in the league at .365. St. Pierre ranked third in the league in on base percentage (.460) behind two fellow Cougars and was also third in C-USA in runs scored (41).



Watts posted a career-best 18-5 win/loss record and 2.26 ERA inside the circle to lead Houston's pitching efforts this year. Hailing from West Columbia (Texas), Watts was even better in league play with a 9-1 record and 1.80 ERA.

Outon and Anderson are repeat First Team selections after earning the same accolades in 2012.

The No. 2 seeded Houston Cougars face No. 7 Memphis on Thursday at 11 a.m. to begin the C-USA Softball Championships hosted in Tulsa, Okla.

Player of the Year: Haley Outon, Houston
Pitcher of the Year: Aimee Creger, Tulsa
Freshman of the Year: Caitlin Attfield, UAB
Newcomer of the Year: Erika Arcuri, UTEP
Coach of the Year: Marla Townsend, UAB

First Team All-Conference
C Haley Outon, Houston
IF Holly Anderson, Houston
IF Jill Barrett, Tulsa
IF Samantha Cobb, Tulsa
IF Caitlin Attfield, UAB
OF Katie St. Pierre, Houston
OF Kaelynn Greene, Marshall
OF Whitney Fletcher, UAB
P Aimee Creger, Tulsa
P Lannah Campbell, UAB
UT Lacey Middlebrooks, Tulsa

Second Team All-Conference
C Anna Kimbrell, UAB
IF Jordan Lewis, East Carolina
IF Kristi Oshio, East Carolina
IF Jazmine Valle, Marshall
IF Kate Armstrong, UAB
OF Ashley Gue, Marshall
OF Lelani Bernardino, Memphis
OF Haley Henshaw, Tulsa
P Bailey Watts, Houston
P Andi Williamson, Marshall
UT Kristen McGrath, UAB

All-Freshman Team
Meredith Mitchell, East Carolina
Katie St. Pierre, Houston
Shaelynn Braxton, Marshall
Raquel Escareno, Marshall
Kaelynn Greene, Marshall
Hannah Harrell, Memphis
Morgan McKeever, Southern Miss
Catherine Horner, Tulsa
Caitlin Attfield, UAB
Shelby Turnier, UCF
Taylor Wagner, UCF

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