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UTEP Softball’s Ryder Named C-USA Hitter of the Week

IRVING, Texas – UTEP softball senior Kaitlin Ryder went out with a bang this past week as she was named the Conference USA Hitter of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday.

Ryder’s bat lit up the final five games of her senior season.

The Chatsworth, Calif., native went out in style, hitting an astronomical .625 (10-16) as five of her 10 knocks went for extra bases against Texas Tech and a series sweep of C-USA power LA Tech.

Ryder’s big highlight was drilling a three-run, game-tying home run in the sixth during the series finale against LA Tech. The Miners rallied from 5-0 down to win 6-5. Ryder’s week began with a 2-for-3, two-run effort against the Big 12 school Texas Tech and recording two putouts in leftfield.

Ryder followed with another multi-hit game in game two against the Red Raiders and recording three putouts and an assist from behind the plate.

The bat kept hot for the Lady Techsters as Ryder went a perfect 3-for-3 with a run scored a RBI, two doubles and a triple. In game one, with UTEP down 3-1, Ryder doubled in a run during the sixth that got the Miners within a run. In game two, UTEP was down 4-0 and rallied to win 7-4. Ryder contributed to the rally as she extended UTEP’s lead to 7-4 after a RBI single in the sixth. Ryder registered five RBI against LA Tech, while collecting six hits in the three-game set.

Of the six hits, five were extra-base hits. Ryder also slugged 1.125 during the week with an on-base percentage of .667. Ryder also recorded 17 total putouts with three assists and no errors from the outfield and behind the plate.

Ryder finished her career with 101 RBI, only the ninth Miner to punch their ticket into the 100-RBI club.

Ryder finished the season hitting .348, including a .444 batting average over the last 20 games of the season. Ryder connected on four home runs and ranked second on the team with 26 RBI. She also finished with a career-high 10 doubles and career-best two triples.

Ryder will receive her degree in Criminal Justice on May 12.

The C-USA Hitter of the Week honor is the third overall for UTEP in 2018, as Pamala Baber was named player of the week on Feb. 26 and Kacey Duffield earned the honor on April 16.

It’s the first time in program history that three different Miners were named C-USA Hitter of the Week. Though, in 2010, Camilla Carrera was named hitter of the week once and Stacie Townsend earned hitter of the week twice. Townsend was also named pitcher of the week twice.

Seven UTEP Softball Players Garner NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete Honors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UTEP softball’s Pamala Baber, Courtney Clayton, Mariah Ellis, Kaitlin Fifield, Allie Johnson, Kaitlin Ryder and Ruby Sanchez put in work in the classroom to earn National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athlete honors for the 2016-17 academic year on Tuesday.

For Clayton and Ryder, it’s their third NFCA honor, while Baber, Ellis, Fifield, Johnson and Sanchez are first-time honorees.

The Miners are part of an announced record of 7,351 softball players across seven membership divisions to earn the prestigious achievement.

NCAA Division I led the way with 1,843 student-athletes earning a 3.5 grade-point average or higher.

UTEP Softball’s Clayton & Ryder Named to Conference USA Preseason Team

IRVING, Texas – UTEP softball juniors Courtney Clayton and Kaitlin Ryder were selected to the 2017 Conference USA Preseason team on Wednesday as voted by the league coaches.

It’s the first time since 2010 in which a pair of Miners (Camilla Carrera and Chelsea Troupe) were voted to the preseason squad.

Clayton, the 2016 C-USA Player of the Year, hit .416 (third best average in program history) and set a pair of records last season. The Cornelius, Ore., native tallied a program-record 21 doubles and racked up a single-season best 79 hits. Clayton led the team in runs scored (45), connected on seven home runs and ranked second on the team in RBI (35).

Clayton also led the squad in slugging (.658), on-base percentage (.438), triples (two) and total bases (125). Defensively, Clayton recorded the second-most assists (119) during a single season in program history.

Ryder saw much success in 2016 as this is her first on-field accolade. The Chatsworth, Calif., native ranked second on the team with a .350 batting average after hitting .241 her freshman season. Ryder’s patience at the plate was evident after leading the team and ranking in the top 10 in C-USA with 23 walks. Ryder ranked second on the squad in runs scored (31), slugging (.521), on-base percentage (.437) and tied second in hits (57).

Ryder hit six dingers and grinded out eight doubles, including a triple.

The efforts of both student-athletes helped surge the Miners into the C-USA Tournament for the first time since 2010, while the program fashioned its first ever winning league record (13-11) in 2016. During the first round of the postseason, UTEP rallied to defeat FIU, 5-4, for its first postseason victory since 2009.

After the Miners found themselves down 4-2 against the Panthers, Ryder came up with a clutch, three-run home run in the fifth inning. Ryder finished the contest 2-for-3 with four RBI (career high), while Clayton went 1-for-3 and was on base when Ryder went deep.

The 2017 season will commence in Tempe at the Kajikawa Classic against a pair of Pac-12 programs. The Miners will open against Stanford and host school Arizona State on Feb. 9.