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C-USA Poll: UTEP Softball tapped to finish sixth in West, Flores voted preseason All-Conference

UTEP softball was voted to finish sixth in Conference USA’s newly formatted West Division, the conference announced this week.

The Miners finished last year at 5-17 (1-2 C-USA) before the season was cut short on March 13, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Junior utility Kasey Flores was selected to the C-USA Preseason Team for the second consecutive year as an outfielder.

Flores started in all of the Miners’ 22 games last season and led the team with 22 hits and 16 runs as she compiled a .338 batting average. Flores also knocked in 14 RBIs and belted six homeruns. She led the team defensively with 65 assists en route to a .931 fielding percentage.

In Flores’s last full season at UTEP – her freshman year in 2019 – she started in 47 games and hit at a .352 clip with 51 hits and a .415 on-base percentage. She was third on the team with nine homers and second with 10 doubles.

Flores and the Miners get back on the diamond on Feb. 11 when they travel to Abilene, Texas, to play the first of six games in a four-day span against Abilene Christian at 6 p.m. MT.

2020-21 C-USA Preseason Poll

Predicted Order of Finish
1. WKU (8)
2. Marshall (3)
3. Charlotte (1)
4. Middle Tennessee
5. FAU
6. FIU

1. North Texas (10)
2. UAB (1)
3. Southern Miss (1)
5. Louisiana Tech

Preseason Player of the Year 

Aly Harrell, Marshall (Senior, IF)

Preseason Pitcher of the Year 

Hope Trautwein, North Texas (Senior, RHP)

2020-21 C-USA Preseason Team

Pitcher:         Kelsey Aikey                          R-Sr.        WKU
Pitcher:         Shelby Nunn                          R-Jr.        WKU
Pitcher:         Hope Trautwein                     Sr.            North Texas
Catcher:        Kendall Smith                         R-Jr.        WKU
Catcher:        Bailey Vannoy                        Jr.            Charlotte
Infielder:        Sierra Huerta                         Sr.            Marshall
Infielder:        Summer Burgess                   Gr.           Middle Tennessee
Infielder:        Lexi Cushing                          Gr.           Middle Tennessee
Infielder:        Aly Harrell                              Sr.            Marshall
Infielder:        Riley Grunberg                       So.           UTSA
Infielder:        Tayla Evans                           Jr.            North Texas
Outfielder:     Kasey Flores                          Jr.            UTEP
Outfielder:     Mya Stevenson                      Jr.            Marshall
Outfielder:     Celeste Loughman                 Sr.            UTSA
Outfielder:     Madison Rayner                     Jr.            Southern Miss
DP/Utility:      Saige Pye                              Sr.            Marshall

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