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Former N-W star Attfield named C-USA’s top player

Caitlin Attfield (Niagara-Wheatfield) has been named the Conference USA softball player of the year for her performance with the University of Alabama-Birmingham this season.

Attfield had a record-breaking year for the Blazers, including a .473 batting average that ranks ninth in the nation. She’s almost 50 percentage points ahead of the school record of .425, which she set last season. The shortstop currently is UAB’s record-holder for career batting average at .417.

Attfield is the school’s all-time leader in hits with 274 and is second in runs in 116.

She is the first player from the school to ever win the conference’s player of the year honor. She was named as C-USA’s freshman of the year in 2013.

Attfield was picked as a member of the conference’s first all-star team, as was teammate Sara Beth Williamson.

The Blazers are still playing in the conference tournament. UAB is the fourth seed in the event, and the Blazers opened the competition on Thursday with a 3-1 win over No. 5 Marshall. Attfield only served as a pinch-runner in the game.

Attfield was selected as the softball player of the year in the Niagara Frontier League in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons in high school. She was an all-Western New York selection three times, and was the area’s top player as a senior.