Throughout Black History Month, the American-Statesman will take a daily look at the black athletes who have had a lasting impact in Texas’ athletic department. Today, we are writing about softball player Lindsey Stephens.
Despite being only 5-5, Stephens stood tall in UT’s lineup from 2013-16. In the Texas record books, Stephens ranks second in career home runs (47), RBIs (166) and triples (13). No Longhorn has bested her .731 slugging percentage, and the .363 batting average and .445 on-base percentage that she boasted are both top-five marks.
Stephens is one of six Longhorns to twice earn NFCA All-American accolades. Having gone deep against Tennessee in 2013, Stephens is also the last Longhorn to hit a home run in the Women’s College World Series.
Stephens now lives in McAllen and works for a non-profit organization that focuses on women’s sports. Her husband, Tres Barrera, is a former Longhorn and catcher in the Washington Nationals’ organization. At UT’s recent alumni game, Barrera said that “I tell people that she’s the better athlete of us two. I never really got into softball until I really watched her play. The joy that she played with, the energy she played with, it also drove me to be the best baseball player I could… It’s crazy how women’s sports are not as big as men’s sports because I know she’s be making a lot of money right now if it was like that. She was great. She’s one of the best that’s ever been to Texas, the numbers speak for themselves.”
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