LOUISVILLE, Ky. – More awards keep coming as The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced UTEP softball great Courtney Clayton to the 2018 NFCA Division I All-Region South second team on Thursday.
Clayton, who recently graduated with a health promotion degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, earned her second postseason accolade after being named All-Conference USA first team on May 8.
The NFCA All-Region honor is Clayton’s second as she was named to the 2016 NFCA All-Region South third team.
The native of Cornelius, Ore., led the Miners in just about every offensive category. Clayton’s senior season proved special as she led the team in batting (.413), at bats (172), hits (71), runs (42), doubles (15), triples (four), home runs (eight), RBI (32), total bases (118), slugging (.686) and on-base percentage (.455).
Clayton’s .413 batting average is currently leading C-USA and has a chance of winning the batting title, while it is the fourth best single-season batting average in school history. Clayton’s 71 hits are ranked third in C-USA, while her 2018 total is ranked third most hits during a single season in program history. Clayton is also the only Miner to produce multiple 70-plus hit seasons, as she tallied a program record 79 knocks in 2016. Clayton also joins Camilla Carrera and Chelsea Troupe to record multiple .400-plus average seasons.
Clayton produced great numbers during the season and really stepped it up the last five games of her collegiate career. Clayton hit .588 (10-17) with eight runs, three RBI, two doubles and a home run against Texas Tech and LA Tech. During the LA Tech series sweep, Clayton went a combined 7-for-10 with a home run, six runs and three RBI.
Clayton started all 210 games during her career, while her 210 consecutive starts ranks second all-time in program history. Clayton finishes her UTEP career ranked no. 1 in assists (386), at bats (688), sacrifice flies (eight) and most times reached base on error (32). Clayton ranks second on the program’s hit’s list (251) and double’s list (53). Clayton’s 26 career home runs rank fourth, while her 118 career RBI also rank no. 4.
Clayton joins other C-USA student-athletes as Florida Atlantic’s Emily Lochten (first team), Mia Olson (second team), Madisyn Palmer (second team) and Tatum Buckley (third team), and UTSA’s Bailee Baldwin (second team) were announced to the NFCA All-Region South team.
Clayton also joins Carrera, Troupe and Stacie Townsend as repeat NFCA All-Region honorees.