UTEP former softball standout pitcher Stacie Townsend was honored this weekend by retiring her No. 88 jersey – a first in program history.
UTEP Softball hosted the #88 Retirement Ceremony Saturday, Oct. 2 at at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex.
Hailing from Orlando, Florida, Townsend became one of the most storied UTEP softball players of all time. Her four-season career (2007-2010) spanned some of UTEP softball’s most successful years.
She graduated from UTEP Suma Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in business in 2009.
Townsend is one of the most decorated student-athletes in program history. Along with former teammate and current Assistant Coach Camilla Carrera, they are the only two softball players to be inducted into the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame. Townsend was a finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year during her senior year with the Miners. Her 2010 honors also included Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Player of the Week and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team after being tabbed ESPN The Magazine All-District VI First Team. She was recipient of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the C-USA Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship.
Townsend owns UTEP career records for ERA (2.80), wins (64), complete games (72), shutouts (11), innings pitched (722.1), pitching appearances (143) and strikeouts (802). She also hit .319 with 33 home runs and 124 RBI as a Miner. As a senior in 2010, she posted 25 victories with a 2.54 ERA while also batting .367 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI.
- Five-time Conference USA Player of the Week (three times as hitter, two times as pitcher)
- Four-time NFCA Academic Scholar (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
- Four-time Conference USA Academic Medalist (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
- Three-time Conference USA All-Academic Team (2008, 2009, 2010)
- Two-time Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year (2009, 2010)
- Two-time Conference USA Spirit of Service Award (2009, 2010)
- Two-time first team All-Conference USA (2008, 2010)
- Two-time NFCA All-Midwest/South Region (2009, 2010)
- Two-time All-Conference USA Tournament (2008, 2009)
- Lowe’s Senior Class Award Candidate (2010)
- UTEP Woman of the Year (2009)
- UTEP Alumni Association Top 10 Senior (2009)
- Conference USA All-Freshman Team (2007)
Our very own Ruben R. Ramirez was at the ceremony, and we bring you his view via this gallery.