CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After posting sensational seasons in 2016, the accolades continue for Charlotte softball's senior Lexi Betancourt and sophomore Haley Pace, who were each named to the elite 12-member Conference USA All-Academic squad, as announced by the league Tuesday afternoon. The Niners are one of just two schools to place more than one athlete on the team this season.
Both were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District squad late last week, and now have a chance to become Academic All-Americans later this summer. Both also earned the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal in mid-April.
Betancourt, who was also named to the team in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons, capped her storied career with the 49ers by becoming the all-time wins leader with 72. She also tops the program in games started, innings pitched, and appearances, and leaves Charlotte second in career strikeouts and third in career shutouts.
A native of Garner, N.C., she ranked second in the league in strikeouts looking, third in strikeouts and wins, and sixth in both opponent's batting average and ERA. She recorded eight or more Ks in nine games this season, including four double digit strikeout performances, such as a two-hit, 11 K shutout against former league rival East Carolina. That feat helped garner her C-USA Co Pitcher of the Week honors in late February. Betancourt took a no-hitter into at least the fifth inning a total of seven times this season, including coming four outs away against UNCG in late April and came a walk and hit away from a perfect game against Western Carolina in March.
The 2016 Preseason All-C-USA selection graduated last May Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Exercise Science, and carries a 4.0 as she pursues her Master's in Kinesiology. Upon finishing graduate school, she plans to attend medical school.
Pace presents a perfect 4.0 as an accounting major, and led the league this season with 49 RBI. During the weekend of April 30-May 1, Pace collected an astounding ten RBI across three games where she also scored seven times and slugged two homeruns, one of which was her second career grand slam. She tallied eight RBi during the week of March 8-13, where she also smashed two homers.
The Winston-Salem, N.C. native ranked first on the team in eight offensive categories, and in addition to leading in RBI in C-USA, was tied for first in sac flies, fourth in total bases, tied for eighth in hits, tied for tenth in HRs and doubles, and eleventh in slugging perentage. She was a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen bases, and committed the fewest amount of errors amongst league shortstops. She is currently tied for sixth all-time at Charlotte with 16 homeruns.
Just a sophomore, Pace was recently elected as the 2016-17 Student Athlete Advisory Committee's Vice President.