One of the top pitching recruits in the country Courtney Auger has signed to play at the University of Texas-El Paso next season for coaches James and Kathleen Rodriguez and the Miners. Auger was a two year standout for the Lady Saints while at Seward County shattering the schools All-Time strikeout record with 558 and taking over the top spot on the All-Time wins list with 46 and ERA list with a 1.51 in her career at Seward. She was the Jayhawk West Conference MVP in both seasons with the Lady Saints and also garnered Freshman of the Year honors in 2008. The Edmonton native was recently named 1st Team All-American by the NFCA and 3rd Team All-American by the NJCAA after leading the Lady Saints to their first ever NJCAA National Tournament and pitching them to a 7th place finish. She was also strongly considering Troy University but said she picked UTEP because of the professionalism of the program and the coaches. “They did things the right way down there. The coaches were upfront with me about everything and I feel like they will be very good coaches to play for” she said. Another main selling point for the Miners was the schedule that they play. “I have looked forward to playing against Pac 10 and Big 12 teams all my life” Auger said. She will now have the opportunity to do that as UTEP had perennial powers such as Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Texas, San Diego State, and Tennessee on their slate this season among others.