UTEP senior Kacey Duffield was named Conference USA Player of the Week by league officials on Monday afternoon.
“Kacey has been so consistent for us all season,” Head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk said. “So her numbers this weekend are not surprising. This is a much deserved award.”
The senior is coming off of a week where she batted .643 with nine hits, eight RBIs, two home runs and a staggering .706 OBP. With runners on base, she went a perfect 7-7 and recorded three two-out RBIs. Her bat helped carry the Miners to an opening C-USA series victory over Charlotte.
During a mid-week contest versus no. 14 Texas Tech, Duffield reached base in all four of her plate appearances, tallying a two-run homer, a single and two walks. In the very next game against Charlotte, the opposing pitching staff failed to get the slugger out once again, as the first baseman registered three hits and a walk to reach base in eight consecutive plate appearances.
As coach Echo-Hawk said, Duffield has been consistent for the Miners all season long. She has reached base safely in 22 of UTEP’s 23 games this year, and is currently on a seven game hitting streak.
The Fairbanks, Alaska, native has proven to opposing teams that she does not just hit for power, or average, or just draws walks. She does it all on a daily basis. She leads the conference in OBP (.560) and slugging percentage (.763). She is also second in home runs (six) and walks (15), while ranking third in batting average (.441). She is the only player in C-USA to be ranked in the top three of all of these categories.
This is the second time the senior has been named C-USA Player of the week in her career, and is the second Miner to garner the award this season.