BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The CSU Bakersfield softball team acquired two talented new additions recently as shortstop Karsyn Guzman, of Hanford, and pitcher Lyndsay Klimenko, of Half Moon Bay, has signed National Letters of Intent to join the Roadrunners in 2014.
The two high school seniors figure to bolster the 'Runner roster and help CSUB in its first season in the West Coast Conference in 2014.
Guzman is a senior at Hanford West High School, where she has been a varsity starter for the last three seasons. She has helped lead Hanford West to two Central Section Division III Valley Championships. In her sophomore season, Guzman, who played club ball for the San Jose Lady Sharks with current CSUB freshman Amber Mills, was named Kings County Softball Player of the Year and the Second Team All-Valley after hitting .402 with a team-high 37 hits and 35 RBIs. In the field, she also helped turn eight double plays. Guzman, who also plays basketball for Hanford West, is a three-time All-West Yosemite League Selection. She is just as impressive in the classroom where she currently has a 4.1 GPA.
A player CSUB head coach Crissy Buck has long pursued, Guzman was one of the first verbal recruits she landed after she took over as head coach at CSUB in the summer of 2011.
"She was one of my first players to commit to this program. She verbally committed last fall (in the fall of 2011)," Buck said. "She was a very highly-recruited player who was looked at by many Big 10 programs, but she wanted to be a Roadrunner. She is a huge recruit for this program."
Klimenko also has an impressive resume as a star pitcher and third baseman for Half Moon Bay High School. She was selected to the All-Peninsula Athletic League Bay first team her junior year and the PAL Bay second team her sophomore season. She helped the Cougars qualify for the playoffs in the spring of 2012, which was the first postseason berth for the program since 2008.
Last season, in 169 innings spanning over 26 games, Klimenko led the PAL with 185 strikeouts (94 in PAL action), while also recording an ERA of 2.00 and a WHIP of 1.09. Outside of being named her team's MVP the last two seasons, Klimenko was also named the all-county second team pitcher in 2011 and received honorable mention in 2012. An all-around athlete, Klimenko also plays volleyball and basketball at Half Moon Bay. She's equally as talented and hard working in the classroom, where she has a 4.3 GPA.
Klimenko has an impressive multi-pitch arsenal that keeps batters constantly guessing about what's coming next.
"We are excited to have her join our pitching staff," Buck said. "She is a great competitor to bring into our program. She is going to complement the other pitchers on our staff very well and she is going to fit right into our program."