May 12, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - UConn senior Julianne Towers (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) has been named All-BIG EAST First Team, it was announced by the BIG EAST Conference on Wednesday night at the annual awards banquet held in Louisville, Ky.
Freshman catcher Andrea Huelsenbeck (Rockaway, N.J.) was named All-BIG EAST Third Team.
Towers led UConn in nearly every offensive statistic in her senior campaign. She finished the year with the team lead in batting average (.353), runs (32), hits (54), doubles (14), triples (3), home runs (11), RBI (42) total bases (107) and walks (16). The senior short stop also recorded nine stolen bases on the season.
The 11 home runs as a senior tied the UConn single-season record.
Towers ended her career at UConn with her name firmly entrenched in the Husky record book. She ranks eighth all-time with a .329 batting average, sixth with 211 hits, fourth with 106 RBI, second all-time with 28 home runs, second all-time with 44 doubles and third with 351 total bases in four seasons.
An excellent student as well, Towers has been named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team in both her sophomore and junior seasons.
Huelsenbeck immediately stepped into the catcher's role as just a freshman. On the season, Huelsenbeck batted .309 with six home runs and 23 RBI with 10 steals. In BIG EAST Conference action, Huelsenbeck hit at a .373 clip while slugging .559. Huelsenbeck is the first full-time catcher at UConn to be named All-BIG EAST since Second-Team selection Jamine Blesoff in 2000.
Notre Dame senior Heather Johnson was named BIG EAST Player of the Year while Syracuse junior hurler Jenna Caira was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year. DePaul's Kristen Verdun was named the league's Rookie of the Year.
All-BIG EAST First Team^
P Laura Winter, Notre Dame P Sara Nevins, USF P Jenna Caira, Syracuse C Alexia Clay, Notre Dame 1B Alicja Wolny, Louisville 2B Katie Keller, Louisville 3B Heather Johnson, Notre Dame * SS Julie Towers, Connecticut OF Hannah Kiyohara, Louisville OF Alexa Maldonado, Notre Dame OF Sadie Pitzenberger, Notre Dame U/P Kristen Verdun, DePaul DP/U Amber Curry, St. John'sAll-BIG EAST Second Team^
P Caralisa Connell, Louisville P Brittany O'Donnell, Notre Dame C Holly Stevens, Pittsburgh 1B Megan Coronado, DePaul 1B Mandy Craig, Rutgers 2B Stephanie Watts, Syracuse 3B Kelly Hmiel, Pittsburgh SS Katie Fleury, Notre Dame OF Alex Morocco, DePaul OF Brianna Jorgensborg, Notre Dame OF Reba Tutt, Pittsburgh U/P Mackensey Carter, Georgetown DP/U Jasmine Watson, SyracuseAll-BIG EAST Third Team
P Alyssa O'Connell, Pittsburgh P Lindsey Richardson, USF C Andrea Huelsenbeck, Connecticut 1B Kely Saco, Syracuse 2B Allie Braden, DePaul 3B Hallie Gibbs, Syracuse SS Colby Wherry, Louisville OF Samantha Dodd, DePaul OF Sean Plese, DePaul OF Jennifer Esteban, Louisville OF Gina Kafalas, USF DP/U Courtney Goff, USF^additional members added due to tie in voting