Yukon High School graduate and University of Central Oklahoma softball player Carrie Abrams was named Player of the Year in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association last week for her accomplishments on the diamond in 2017.
Abrams was one of nine UCO players to earn All-MIAA honors and the junior outfielder was joined on the first-team unit by sophomore pitcher and Mustang High School graduate Jayden Chestnut.
“It means a lot,” Abrams said. “It was definitely unexpected. I owe a lot to my coaches and teammates for making me better. This season has been a lot of fun.”
Abrams and Chestnut led the top-20 ranked Bronchos to the program’s first-ever conference tournament championship this past weekend in Oklahoma City at ASA Hall of Fame Softball Complex.
Abrams entered the conference tournament leading the MIAA with a .452 batting average. She also had 71 hits with six triples, four doubles, one home run and 22 runs batted in to go with seven stolen bases and had not committed an error at her center field position going into the tournament.
Chestnut, in her first year with the Bronchos, has become a dominant force in the pitching circle. She was 19-3 with three saves and a 1.55 earned run average to go along with 186 strikeouts and opponents are hitting just .182 against her going into the conference tournament.
Abrams began her college career at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee but after her freshman year, she decided to transfer to UCO because it had a better speech pathology program, which is the career path Abrams said she wants to pursue after her softball playing days are over at the collegiate level.
The Broncho junior graduated from Yukon High School in 2014 and was an All-State softball player in 2013 for the Millerettes as a senior.