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Dukes selected First-Team All-Conference USA

Led MT in eight-offensive categories in 2014

May 7, 2014 · @MTAthletics

IRVING, Texas - Laura Dukes added another recognition to her successful 2014 season, garnering First-Team All-Conference USA as announced by the conference office Wednesday. Dukes also was selected to the College Sports Madness C-USA second team.

The junior catcher started all 55 games for Middle Tennessee, while she led the team in batting average (.362), hits (55), doubles (17), RBI (33), slugging percentage (.592), walks (34) and on-base percentage (.505). Dukes also set new Middle Tennessee single-season records in walks and on-base percentage.

The New Market, Tennessee native also led MT in C-USA action, totaling a .431 batting average with 10 doubles, 17 RBI and 15 walks. Dukes finished third in C-USA in walks per game, second in doubles per game and third in on-base percentage.

"Laura had a great year for us and led us in almost every offensive category," said head coach Jeff Breeden. "She is a leader behind the plate and caught all 55 games, not missing a single pitch. There were a couple times this year she could have come out after being injured, but she battled through and that is a testament to her leadership. It is a great honor for her and a great honor for our team to have a first team all-conference selection once again."

Dukes becomes the latest first-team selection for MT, after Kayla Toney picked up All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2012. Nina Dever was an All-Sun Belt second team selection last season.

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

Conference USA All-Freshman Team
Stephanie Texeira, FIU
Gabby Spallone, FIU
Kylee Hanson, Florida Atlantic
Amanda Wilson, Florida Atlantic
Pauline Tufi, Louisiana Tech
Jordan Dixon, Marshall
Morgan Zerkle, Marshall
Jill Roye, Tulsa
Maggie Withee, Tulsa
Mary Warren, UAB
Danii Fernandez, UAB

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