IRVING, Texas -- Charlotte softball continues to gain postseason recognition, as two 49ers were named to the Conference USA All-Conference squads, as announced by the league Wednesday afternoon.
Emma Ocker garnered two accomplishments, being named to First Team All-C-USA and the All-Freshman Squad, while senior Lexi Betancourt claimed her second straight postseason award, being named to Second Team All-C-USA. Ocker was also a finalist for the conference Freshman of the Year.
Ocker produced a stellar rookie campaign, breaking the school record for freshmen runs with 39, posting the second highest batting average on the team with a .343 clip but the highest in league games at .405. Her batting average was the fourth highest amongst outfielders and first for freshmen in the league.
The Gilbert, Ariz., native ranked first in the league with four triples, tied for third in sac flies (3), tied for ninth with 39 runs scored and 10th with 61 hits. Ocker recorded 15 multi-hit games this season, including eight games in which she collected three hits apiece, such including a 3-for-4 performance with two runs scored against No. 22 Florida Atlantic in April.
Her defensive skills in the outfield were also noticed, as she saved seven potential runs off diving catches in left field. Ocker is the first Niner to make First Team in postseason awards since Bri Gwaltney in 2012 (Atlantic 10) and the first member to do it in C-USA since 2002 (Leah Heston).
She is the first Charlotte newcomer to make All-Freshman or All-Rookie since Jess Plemmons in 2013 and the first Niner to do so in C-USA since Jessica Moore in 2004. Ocker is one of just two freshmen to make this year’s First Team, joining the Freshman of the Year, FAU’s Madisyn Palmer, also an outfielder.
Betancourt continues to collect accolades after hanging up her cleats, as she was named to the elite 12-member of the C-USA All-Academic Team Tuesday for the third-straight year.
She became the 49ers’ all-time wins leader with 72 in late April against league foe Middle Tennessee and also tops the program in games started, innings pitched and appearances. She leaves Charlotte second in career strikeouts and third in career shutouts.
Betancourt, from Garner, N.C., 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, including four double-digit strikeout performances, including a two-hit, 11 K shutout against former league rival East Carolina. That feat helped her garner 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 falling a walk and hit short 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 carried a 4.0 as she pursues her Master's in kinesiology.
Betancourt was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team in 2012 and is the first member of the Charlotte program to ever claim back-to-back All-C-USA recognition.