May 15, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Mountain West announced its 2012 Softball All-Conference Team and postseason awards today as selected by the league's five head coaches. The Lobos landed three on the 20-member team -- shortstop Chelsea Anaya, third baseman Stefanie Carramusa and catcher Jessica Garcia. This is the first time Anaya and Garcia have been named to the MW team, while Carramusa was recognized for the second time as being among the best in the league.
Sophomore Chelsea Anaya finished fourth on the team in batting average with a .327 mark, recording 55 hits in 168 at-bats en route to a .565 slugging percentage and a .445 on-base percentage. Anaya had 19 extra-base hits -- seven doubles, three triples and nine home runs. She also tallied 33 RBIs and scored 46 runs. The Lobo infielder recorded 107 put-outs and 103 assists while compiling a .921 fielding percentage.
Junior Stefanie Carramusa was the first to surpass UNM's single-season record for home runs, blasting her 14th homer in the top of the sixth inning against Tulsa on March 31. Carramusa led the Lobos with long balls almost the entire season, going neck-and-neck with Garcia in setting a new record for UNM. Garcia hit a homer in New Mexico's last game of the season to claim the crown with 24. Carramusa's 23 homers place her second in Lobo history for single-season dingers. However, she set a new single-season Mountain West record for juniors and finished tied third in MW history for single-season homers.
Carramusa accomplished several other offensive feats this season as she broke both the UNM and MW junior class single-season record for runs scored with 60 (the previous UNM record was 47 set by Jackie Van Hooydonk in 1997 and previous MW junior class record was 55 set by Kristin Delahoussaye of BYU in 2010). Carramusa also finished the 2012 campaign ranked in the top 10 of several other UNM's single-season records: hits (tied for third, 67), slugging percentage (second, .831), doubles (tied for third, 16), and runs-batted-in (fourth, 49). Carramusa recorded a hit in 40 of UNM's 52 games.
Carramusa guarded the hot corner for the Lobos on defense, recording 52 put-outs and 107 assists, committing just eight errors to compile a .952 fielding percentage.
Senior Jessica Garcia completed her tenure at UNM with a bang. The Lobo catcher finished the season with a team-high 24 home runs -- a new single-season school record and a second-place rank in MW history for single-season homers.
Garcia had seven games in which she hit 1.000 (vs. Idaho State on Feb. 11, 4-for-4; vs. Texas Tech on March 12, 3-for-3; vs. Weber State on March 25, 2-for-2; vs. New Mexico State on April 10, 2-for-2; vs. Boise State on April 29, 4-for-4; vs. UTEP on May 1, 3-for-3; and vs. UNLV on May 4, 3-for-3). She shattered UNM's single-season records for hits (81 - the previous record was 70, set by Van Hooydonk in 1997), runs batted in (69 - previous record was 54, set by Danielle Cassara in 1999), slugging percentage (.917 - previous was .801 Garcia set in 2011), and total bases (166 - previous record was 120, set in 1999 by Cassara).
The senior catcher also broke the program's single-season record for runners thrown out, nabbing 21 runners en route to also setting a new career record for the same category. Garcia threw out 64 runners in her four seasons at UNM. The previous single-season record was 20 (which Garcia tied in 2011), set by Liz Young in 2006. The previous career record was 39, which Garcia tied toward the end of her junior season and was originally set by Amy Minick in 1986-89.
The Lobo senior is leaving ranked in a few other New Mexico career categories - hits (fifth, 193), RBIs (second, 133), and total bases (second, 346).
Boise State sophomore Tara Glover and San Diego State sophomore Hayley Miles were named MW Co-Players of the Year, while Colorado State junior Kacie McCarthy earned the MW Pitcher of the Year award. San Diego State's Kayla Jordan garnered MW Freshman of the Year accolades, and Colorado State head coach Jen Fisher captured MW Coach of the Year honors for the first time.
For a complete list of the 2012 Mountain West Softball All-Conference Team, click\ here.