University of Texas at El Paso
Townsend graduated in May - summa cum laude - with a bachelor’s degree in business. She is a two time C-USA All-Academic honoree, a recipient of the UTEP Alumni Association Top 10 Senior Award, and was honored as the University of Texas at El Paso’s Woman of the Year. Townsend is a three time Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medalist while being named to the league’s Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. Also, Townsend was a C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Townsend is certainly a leader for UTEP. She has been relied upon and delivered both on and off the field. During the summer she would travel overseas to play for the British National team, and was able to balance her softball with academics and giving back to the community. She graduated with high honors in just three years.
Townsend was a recipient of the Conference USA Spirit of Service Award for her achievements in the community. She spent time helping The Miracle League of El Paso with children who have mental and physical disabilities and assisted them in playing and participating in sporting events. She also volunteered for the YWCA After School program and the YWCA El Paso Del Norte where she taught the kids the importance of becoming involved in after school sports. The Junior Women’s Club of El Paso has also benefited from the volunteer work Townsend has done. While helping there, she has participated in events such as face painting and haunted houses, along with manning game booths and stage events.
A National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Midwest selection, Townsend tossed 18 victories in 2009. She is the only player in the history of the program to tally more than 400 strikeouts in a career. She ranked second in the league in conference-only games in innings pitched and strikeouts. At second base she ranked first on the team in assists at 114.
She was named Conference USA’s Hitter and Pitcher of the Week for the week of February 15, 2010. It is just the fourth time and she is only the third player in league history to accomplish the feat after going 6-0 on the rubber and batting .538 at the plate. The senior tossed 16 K’s against Central Arkansas, breaking UTEP’s single-game record. Over the week, Townsend blasted four home runs to give her 26 for her career to become UTEP’s all-time career record holder.