Mountain West Announces Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 28, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico junior infielder Stefanie Carramusa and UNLV sophomore righthander Amanda Oliveto have been named Mountain West Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games through February 26. This is the third career MW weekly accolade for Oliveto and second for Carramusa.
Carramusa, a 5-4 junior from Tucson, Ariz., posted a .421 batting average over the weekend while helping New Mexico to a 4-1 record at the Cathedral City Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. She registered at least one hit in four of the five contests, driving in seven runs and scoring five more while going 8-for-19 at the plate over the five-game span. In Thursday's tournament-opening win over No. 16/14 Texas A&M, she hit two sixth-inning home runs, including a grand slam, as part of a nine-run frame that put UNM up, 15-3. The Lobos held the Aggies scoreless in the bottom half of the inning to become the first team since 2010 to post a run-rule victory over TAMU. Carramusa finished the game 4-for-5 with one double, two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored. Later that day, she went 1-for-3 with two walks and one run scored in a 10-6 win over Oregon State. After going without a hit in Friday's 5-4 victory against Cal State Fullerton, Carramussa went 2-for-3 with two RBI, one run scored and one walk in a 7-5 triumph over UC Davis on Saturday. She closed out tournament play with a 1-for-4 effort at the plate in Sunday's 4-2 loss to Cal Poly. Carramusa finished the weekend with slugging and on-base percentages of .789 and .500, respectively, while recording four putouts, eight assists and one error from her third base position.
Oliveto, a 5-9 sophomore from Simi Valley, Calif., went 3-1 in four appearances for UNLV last weekend at the UC Santa Barbara Gaucho Classic I. She registered an ERA of 1.25 and struck out 20 batters while surrendering four earned runs and four walks in 22.1 innings of work. Oliveto began the weekend with a relief appearance in a nine-inning affair against San Diego. She entered the game in the seventh inning with two outs and one runner on, but shut down the Toreros over the final 2.1 frames to earn the 2-1 win. She retired all six batters she faced, which included two via strikeout. Oliveto made the start against Nevada, limiting the Wolf Pack to three hits in the 1-0, complete-game victory. She struck out eight hitters while walking one. Four Nevada batters reached base safely, with only one advancing as far as second base. In a 1-0 loss to host UCSB, Oliveto threw 6.0 innings and allowed one run on four hits with three strikeouts. After she gave up a run in the second, only five batters reached base, with only two getting as far as second base. In the finale against USD, she threw a complete game and was touched for three runs on six hits en route to the 7-3 victory. She struck out seven against three walks.