RICHARDSON – West Texas A&M junior outfielder Renee Erwin added another honor to her already impressive resume as the Anna native was named the 2014 Lone Star Conference Female Athlete of the Year as announced by the league’s offices in Richardson following a vote of the league’s sports information directors.
Erwin becomes the fourth female student-athlete from WT to claim the honor, joining former Lady Buff basketball standouts Emily Brister (2006-09) and Celeste Stevenson (2005) along with Sarah Butler (volleyball) in 2000. Former West Texas A&M quarterback and current Dallas Cowboy Dustin Vaughan was named the league’s Male Athlete of the Year announced Tuesday, becoming the school’s first male recipient.
“What an honor for Renee. She stepped into a leadership role this season and the results speak for themselves. She is one of the most talented softball players that I’ve had the privilege of coaching in my 23 years; not only that she’s an even better student-athlete and person,” said WT head coach Kevin Blaskowski “Offensively, she is a three-dimensional player that can put pressure on a defense with the long ball and by hitting for average while having great speed and instinct on the base paths. A major part of her game in in the field on defense, Renee has become one of the best outfielders in the history of this program thanks to her hard work along with Coach Helland’s guidance.”
The Anna native was the backbone of the powerful WT offense and helped guide the Lady Buffs to the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship and a 60-7 record on the season. The junior led the team with a .459 average, including 20 doubles, six triples and 18 homeruns to drive in 75 RBIs. Erwin recorded a slugging percentage of .902 with 42 walks for an on-base percentage of .574 while going a perfect 22-for-22 on stolen bases. She had 57 putouts and seven assists with just two errors in right field for a fielding percentage of .970.
An All-LSC first team selection, Erwin was also selected for the league’s Golden Glove team and All-Tournament Team. She earned Daktronics All-South Central Region first team and Ron Lenz Player of the Year accolades while being named an All-American by the NFCA (2nd Team) and Daktronics (1st Team). Erwin was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team as well. She broke the LSC single season record for total runs scored (81) and tied the league’s single season record for total bases (175).