May 7, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Mean Green softball junior transfer Kat Strunk was named the Conference USA Newcomer of the Year, the Mean Green's first specialty award winner in program history.
Along with her specialty award, Strunk was also named to the All-Conference USA second team.
North Texas saw three more players named to All-C-USA teams, highlighted by senior Brooke Foster, who was named first-team all-conference. It is her third nod in four years to an all-conference squad.
Sophomore Spencer Ferrell made the All-C-USA second team as the utility player while senior ace Ashley Kirk was named to the same squad as a pitcher.
For Kirk, it is her second all-conference selection, the most by a pitcher in Mean Green history.
The Mean Green begins the Conference USA Softball Championship on Thursday, May 8, at 5:30 CST against No 4 Florida Atlantic. The live video link for the game can be found at the Conference USA Tournament Central.
2014 Conference USA Softball Specialty Awards
Pitcher of the Year: Aimee Creger, Tulsa
Player of the Year: Jill Barrett, Tulsa
Freshman of the Year: Stephanie Texeira, FIU
Newcomer of the Year: Kat Strunk, North Texas
Coach of the Year: John Bargfeldt, Tulsa
First-Team All-Conference USA
C - Laura Dukes, Middle Tennessee
IF - Brooke Foster, North Texas
IF - Jill Barrett, Tulsa IF - Julie Kernen, Tulsa
IF - Megan Low, UTSA
OF - Christina Martinez, Florida Atlantic
OF - Haley Henshaw, Tulsa
OF - Erika Arcuri, UTEP
DP - Jori Fox, UTSA
UT - Kristen McGrath, UAB
P - Aimee Creger, Tulsa
P - Leigh Streetman, UAB
Second-Team All-Conference USA
C - Abby Wynne, East Carolina
IF - Kristi Oshiro, East Carolina
IF - Stephanie Texeira, FIU
IF - Shaelynn Braxton, Marshall
IF - Caitlin Attfield, UAB
OF - Shelby Johnson, East Carolina
OF - Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin, East Carolina
OF - Kat Strunk, North Texas
DP - Jill Roye, Tulsa
UT - Spencer Ferrell, North Texas
P - Samantha Messer, Florida Atlantic
P - Ashley Kirk, North Texas