Mountain West Announces Weekly Softball Awards - March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico junior third baseman Stefanie Carramusa has been named Mountain West Softball Player of the Week for games through March 25, while Boise State senior righthander Aubray Zell and Colorado State junior righthander Kacie McCarthy share MW Pitcher of the Week honors. This is the fourth career MW weekly accolade for Zell, third for Carramusa and first for McCarthy.

Carramusa batted .529 (9-for-17) while helping New Mexico to a 5-0 record at the SpringHill Suites Invitational #2 in Boise, Idaho, over the weekend. The Tucson, Ariz., native compiled a slugging percentage of 1.000 and on-base percentage of .600, hitting two home runs and two doubles while driving in four runs, scoring nine and stealing two bases. She registered at least one hit and one run scored in all five contests, including multi-hit and multi-run performances in the Lobos' final three games. After opening tournament play Friday with one hit, one RBI and one run apiece in wins over Weber State (13-5) and Seattle (6-5), Carramusa went 3-for-4 in an 8-5 victory over Seattle on Saturday, hitting a double and home run to finish with two RBI and three runs scored. She closed out tournament action with a 4-for-6 effort on Sunday, crossing the plate four times as New Mexico shut out UTSA (8-0) and run-ruled Weber State, 12-1, in six innings. Defensively, the Lobo third baseman recorded two putouts and 17 assists with one error.

Zell posted a 3-0 record with a 0.39 ERA in three starts during the SpringHill Suites Invitational #2. The Lakewood, Calif., product allowed eight hits, six walks and one run while striking out 17 batters over 18 innings of action. She tossed four innings of Boise State's 9-0, five-inning shutout of Idaho State in Thursday's tournament opener, surrendering one hit and two walks with three strikeouts. Against UTSA on Friday, Zell left the game with a 5-0 lead after six innings, again giving up just one hit with eight strikeouts. After the first three Roadrunners reached base in the top half of the seventh inning, Zell returned to the circle, giving up one hit while retiring three of the four batters she faced to preserve the 5-3 victory. In her final start Saturday against Weber State, Zell again recorded all 21 outs. She scattered five hits and walked one while giving up a lone run in the 2-1, complete-game victory.

Hailing from Shingletown, Calif., McCarthy earned two complete-game victories without giving up an earned run for Colorado State in the UC Riverside Tournament last weekend. She surrendered eight hits in 13 innings of work over two starts, striking out eight batters without a walk. In Friday's 1-0, tournament-opening win against Brown, McCarthy gave up two hits and fanned three batters en route to the shutout victory. She followed that performance with a six-hit outing in Saturday's 10-2, six-inning win over host UC Riverside, giving up two unearned runs with five strikeouts.