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Miller Named The American Co-Player of the Year

May 10, 2017

PROVIDENCE -- Four members of the University of Houston Softball team were named to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team led by senior Shelby Miller being named Co-Player of the Year and freshman Arielle James being tabbed Rookie of the Year, the league office announced Wednesday morning.

Voted on by the league's coaches based off conference-only statistics, the Cougars took home their first two major awards as a member of The American as Miller (first base) and James (second base) were joined on the all-conference first team by sophomores Maya Thomas (outfield) and Savannah Heebner (utility/pitcher). Houston led all teams with four players on the first team.

Houston’s four first-team selections are the most for the program as a member of The American. The quartet of first-team honorees also ties for the most in program history. In 2008, Jennifer Klinkert (infield), Angel Shamblin (pitcher), Laurie Wagner (outfield) and Jessica Valis (infield) were tabbed to the Conference USA First Team.

Additionally, James and freshman Trystan Melancon were named to the All-Rookie Team.

All five Cougars played major roles in helping Houston to a second-place finish, the program’s highest regular-season finished since joining The American.


 

 


Shelby Miller
Co-Player of the Year/First Team All-Conference (1B)
• Houston’s first Player of the Year honoree in The American
• First Player of the Year since Haley Outon (Conference USA, 2013)
• First first-team first baseman in The American
• Posted .410/.557/.486 slash against league opposition
• Hit .410, going 25-for-61 with four doubles, one triple, one home run, 12 RBI, 19 runs, nine walks and one stolen base
• The American leader in runs scored (19), on base percentage (.486) and total bases (34)
• Second in The American in batting average (.410) and hits (25)
• Third in The American in walks (9)
• Fifth in The American in slugging percentage (.557) and tied for fifth in RBI (12)
• Eight multi-hit games
• Four multi-RBI games
• Named to The American Hitter of the Week on May 1
• Twice tabbed to The American Weekly Honor Roll (Feb. 13, March 13)
• First American Athletic Conference postseason honor
• First season playing at first base


Arielle James
Rookie of the Year/First Team All-Conference (2B)/All-Rookie Team
• Houston’s first Rookie of the Year honoree in The American
• First Rookie of the Year since Jennifer Klinkert (Conference USA, 2008)
• First first-team second baseman in The American
• Posted .385/.446/.417 slash against league opposition
• Hit .385, going 25-for-65 with four doubles, eight RBI, 15 runs and three walks
• Led all freshmen in batting average (.385), hits (25) and runs scored (15)
• Second in The American in hits (25) and runs scored (15)
• Fifth in The American in batting average (.385)
• Eight multi-hit games
• Three multi-RBI games
• Twice tabbed to The American Weekly Honor Roll (Feb. 27, March 27)
• First American Athletic Conference postseason honor
• Made move from shortstop to second base prior to start of conference play


Maya Thomas
First Team All-Conference (OF)
• Houston’s second first-team outfielder in The American, eighth overall in program history
• Posted .400/.431/.426 slash against league opposition
• Hit .400, going 26-for-65 with two doubles, 10 RBI, nine runs, three walks and four stolen bases
• The American leader in hits (26)
• Third in The American in batting average (.400)
• Perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases
• Eight multi-hit games
• Three multi-RBI games
• Thrice tabbed to The American Weekly Honor Roll (April 10, April 24, May 8)
• Second American Athletic Conference postseason honor
• First first-team honor


Savannah Heebner
First Team All-Conference (DP/UTL/P)
• Houston’s second first-team utility/pitcher in The American, first since Diedre Outon (2014)
• Posted 6-4 record and 2.48 ERA in 11 starts with seven complete games and two shutouts against league opposition
• Recorded 43 strikeouts to 12 walks over 73.1 innings pitched
• Posted .339/.500/.413 slash against league opposition
• Hit .339, going 19-for-56 with one double, one triple, two home runs, 17 RBI, seven runs and seven walks
• The American leader in RBI (17)
• Third in The American in wins (6) and tied for third in shutouts (2)
• Fourth in The American in strikeouts (43), innings pitched (73.1) and complete games (7)
• Four multi-hit games
• Four multi-RBI games
• Named to The American Pitcher of the Week on March 6
• Twice tabbed to The American Weekly Honor Roll (April 10, April 24)
• Second American Athletic Conference postseason honor
• Second first-team honor
• Unanimous first-team pitcher as freshman in 2016


Trystan Melancon
All-Rookie Team (P)
• Houston’s second rookie pitcher in The American, first since Savannah Heebner (2016)
• Posted 5-1 record and 3.91 ERA in six starts with three complete games against league opposition
• Recorded 32 strikeouts to 11 walks over 34.0 innings pitched
• Second among freshmen in wins (5), strikeouts (32), complete games (3) and opponent batting average (.241)
• Fourth in The American in opponent batting average (.241), tied for fourth in wins (5)
• Fifth in The American in strikeouts (32)
• First American Athletic Conference postseason honor


2017 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SOFTBALL AWARD WINNERS

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Shelby Miller, Houston
Lindsay Crowdus, Memphis

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Emily Watson, Tulsa*

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Arielle James, Houston

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE COACHING STAFF OF THE YEAR
Tulsa*

ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
P – Cheyenne Eggens, USF
P – Emily Watson, Tulsa*
C – Cassady Brewer, UCF
1B – Shelby Miller, Houston
2B – Arielle James, Houston
3B – Maggie Withee, Tulsa*
SS – Kyler Trosclair, Memphis
OF – Maya Thomas, Houston
OF – Lindsay Crowdus, Memphis
OF – Kristen Wyckoff, USF*
DP/UTL (Pitcher) – Savannah Heebner, Houston
DP/UTL (Non-Pitcher) – Kyra Klarkowski, UCF*

ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
P – Alea White, UCF
P – Lydia Ritchie, East Carolina
C – Regan Hadley, Memphis
INF – Courtney Rotton, UCF
INF –Brittany Solis, UCF
INF – Carli Cutler, UConn
INF –Lauren Evans, USF
OF – Linnea Goodman, UCF
OF – Willow Kalinen, UCF
OF - Astin Donovan, USF
DP/UTL (Pitcher) – Hayley Meinen, Tulsa

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Jazmine Esparza, UCF
Kyra Klarkowski, UCF
Alea White, UCF*
Carli Cutler, UConn
Arielle James, Houston
Trystan Melancon, Houston
Erin Parker, Memphis
Bethaney Keen, USF

[*] Denotes unanimous selection
Ties are not broken


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