Three Tigers Earn C-USA Postseason Honors
May 11, 2010
IRVING, Texas - Three University of Memphis softball student-athletes earned Conference USA postseason honors on Tuesday as selected by the league's coaches prior to the start of the C-USA Championship tournament in Houston, Texas.
Sophomore outfielder Lelani Bernardino and senior utility player Vanessa Walle were named to the All-Conference USA Second Team, while freshman RHP Carly Hummel was named to the All-Conference USA Freshman Team.
Walle earns her first all-conference selection, receiving the honor as a utility player after spending time this season at pitcher, designated player and first base. The Phoenix, Ariz., native made 22 starts at pitcher, 13 as the designated player and seven at first base. In the circle, Walle went 8-12 with a 2.13 ERA, which ranks seventh in the conference. She also ranked in the top 10 in the league in earned runs allowed (5th, 32), fewest walks allowed (7th, 33), fewest triples allowed (T1st, 0) and fewest home runs allowed (T7th, 7). Walle led the team in conference play with a 2.42 ERA.
Offensively, Walle was tied for second on the team with four home runs and had 17 RBI and a .382 batting average. Twice during the season, she provided both the offense and the defense. She had a career best five RBI with a grand slam against North Florida in a 7-1 victory, which she also earned the win on the mound. She later had two home runs and four RBI in a 6-1 victory over Tulsa, a game in which she also pitched a complete game.
Tulsa's Lauren Lindsay was named the Player of the Year, while Toni Paisley of East Carolina earned the Pitcher of the Year honor. UAB's Lauren Webster was named Freshman of the Year and teammate Alisha Smith claimed the Newcomer of the Year. East Carolina head coach Tracey Kee was named Coach of the Year for the second-straight season and now has three for her career.
The Tigers compete in the Conference USA Championship as the seventh seed and will play the No. 2 seed, Tulsa, on Thursday at 11 a.m. The winner will face No. 3 UCF or No. 6 UTEP on Friday at 3 p.m. in the conference tournament semifinals. The championship game will be on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and will be televised live by CBS College Sports.
All-Conference USA First Team
All-Conference USA Second Team
Coach of the Year
Player of the Year
Pitcher of the Year
Freshman of the Year
Newcomer of the Year