UTEP Second Baseman Courtney Clayton with the throw to first during game 2 vs UAB
UTEP softball player Courtney Clayton was announced to the 2016 Conference USA Softball All-Academic Team by league officials on the eve of the C-USA Softball Tournament.
The sophomore infielder has maintained a GPA over 3.90 in Health Promotion to solidify a spot on the team.
The Cornelius, Ore., native was also recently named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team on May 6, while it’s one of multiple academic achievements. Clayton was named as a C-USA Academic Medalist for the second consecutive year, along with making the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll for a second straight time. Clayton was also recognized as a 2014-15 NFCA Scholar-Athlete back in September.
Clayton is the first UTEP softball player to be named to the conference academic team since Colleen Hohman received the honor in 2014.
Clayton’s on-field performance has been stellar as well, as she is ranked no. 2 in C-USA in batting (.421 average), while being tied for the league lead in doubles (20). She’s also hit seven home runs with 34 RBI and 44 runs. Clayton broke the UTEP single-season record in 2016 with 77 hits and 20 doubles thus far.
The No. 6 seed Miners will complete in the C-USA Tournament for the first time since 2010, as their first round opponent is No. 7 seed FIU at 2:30 p.m. CT/1:30 MT on Wednesday in Denton, Texas.