Haley Outon Named C-USA Player of the Year

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    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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