Haley Outon Named C-USA Player of the Year
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.
Player of the Year: Haley Outon, Houston
First Team All-Conference
Second Team All-Conference