Julie Towers Named All-BIG EAST First Team

    Julie Towers is one of the all-time great hitters in UConn history.

    Julie Towers is one of the all-time great hitters in UConn history.

    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.

    Towers is the first UConn player to be named All-BIG EAST First Team since Micah Truax ('09) and Jillian Ortega ('09) in 2008.

    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.

    Andrea Huelsenbeck hit six home runs as a freshman.

    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's
    All-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, Syracuse
    All-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
    *unanimous selection