Curtis and Richwood Earn All-Conference USA Honors
May 9, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Memphis junior third baseman Laura Curtis has been named to the All-Conference USA Second Team, while pitcher Jordan Richwood earned C-USA All-Freshman Team honors as announced by the league on Wednesday. The teams were voted on by the conference's coaches.
Curtis becomes the seventh different Memphis player to earn All-C-USA honors in the school's seven-year history and 10th selection overall. Richwood is the ninth Tiger all-time to be named to the all-freshman team. Memphis has placed at least one player on the all-freshman team in each of its seven years.
Curtis has given the Tigers a consistent defensive presence at the hot corner in her first year with the team and is hitting .288 on the season with 15 RBI and 17 runs scored. All 15 of her RBI have come in the last 35 games, and she is hitting .306 over the stretch. The transfer from Chattanooga State leads the team with a .416 slugging percentage and 10 sacrifice hits. Curtis also leads the team with 75 assists at third base and totals 60 putouts.
A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Curtis led the team in conference play with a .309 batting average and drove in 12 RBI with 11 runs scored. She boasted a team best .485 slugging percentage and a .377 on-base percentage. Curtis is hitting .533 when leading off an inning and .345 with runners on base.
After some early struggles, Richwood settled into her freshman season beginning with the conference opening series against UAB. Through the first 11 games, she was 0-5 with a 4.72 ERA and 34 strikeouts with 31 walks in 29.2 innings pitched. In her last 20 appearances, the San Mateo, Calif., native is 6-6 with a 2.68 ERA and 72 strikeouts with 24 walks in 80.1 innings pitched.
Richwood is 6-11 on the season with a 3.17 ERA and has held opponents to a team low .225 batting average. She totals 106 strikeouts in 110.1 innings pitched. Richwood is 3-5 in conference play with a team low 2.91 ERA.
UTEP's Camilla Careera was named the C-USA Player of the Year for the second time after leading the nation with 32 home runs and boasting a conference best .447 average. Tulsa's Lacey Middlebrooks and UCF's Mackenzie Audas were named co-Pitcher of the Year. Audas was also named the Freshman of the Year. UAB outfielder Whitney Fletcher and UCF pitcher Ali Schmidt were named co-Newcomer of the Year, while Tulsa head coach John Bargfeldt was named the Coach of the Year for the second-straight season.
Memphis earned the seventh seed in the C-USA Championship, which begins on Thursday. The Tigers will play No. 2 seed and tournament host UAB at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the UAB Softball Field. The winner of the game will advance to the semifinals on Friday at 4:30 p.m. against the winner of the No. 3 Marshall/No. 6 East Carolina match-up. The C-USA Championship game will be on Saturday at 1 p.m. and will be televised by the CBS Sports Network.
2012 C-USA Softball All-Conference Teams
Player of the Year - Camilla Carrera, UTEP
All-C-USA First Team
All-C-USA Second Team