IRVING, Tx – UTEP softball sophomore Pamala Baber was announced as the Conference USA Softball Player of the Week on Monday after posting big numbers during the Miners’ 5-0 weekend.
Baber is the first UTEP softball player to earn a C-USA recognition since 2016 when Kaitlin Fifield was named pitcher of the week, and Baber is the first hitter of the week since Kawehiokalani Netane’s player of the week honor in 2015.
The Rialto, California native registered a career-high four RBI on a 2-for-2 performance against Idaho State on February 24. Her base-clearing double during the third inning against the Bengals blew the game open as UTEP won 9-0. The game lasted an hour and 10 minutes. Baber followed with a career best in hits on a 3-for-4 outing against Portland State to close out the weekend. Baber blasted a two-run bomb over left to put the Miners ahead 8-4 over PSU after being down 4-1 early in the contest.
For the week (six games), Baber fashioned a 1.000 slugging percentage with a .632 on-base percentage. Baber hit .647 (11-for-17) with eight runs scored, three doubles, a home run, walk, a sac-fly, sac-bunt and only struck out once in five starts in right field. She added four putouts during high winds at Helen of Troy Softball Complex.
Baber produced four multi-hit games during the week that started with a 2-for-4 night against rival NM State on Feb. 20 during the home opener. Baber followed with a 2-for-2 game versus Portland State on Feb. 23, while adding an RBI and run. Baber also tallied a run and RBI against Idaho State on Feb. 23 and two RBI and a pair of runs against Portland State on Feb. 24.
Baber is leading the Miners with a .462 batting average, while ranking in the top 10 in multiple C-USA statistics, including batting average, slugging (.692), on-base percentage (.532), runs (14) and RBI (13).
The Miners (9-7) will travel across the Pacific to play six games at the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament March 1-4. UTEP will take on host Hawai’i (March 3 & 4), Cal and Longwood (March 1), James Madison (March 2) and East Carolina (March 4).