Going out in style: Dominant Klobosits helps MU reach postseason
Right from the start of the season it was clear that this was going to be a special season for Mansfield University senior Caitlin Klobosits.
While the snow was still sitting on the ground in Pennsylvania, Klobosits was striking out batters down South as the Mountaineers started their season.
The Mansfield senior got off to the best start of her career, and she didn't cool off once PSAC play began.
"I definitely haven't had a better season here," she said. "It's the best year so far for me. All my experience I have is paying off."
On the season Klobosits is 12-4, the most wins by a Mansfield pitcher since Kelly Morris in 2000. She has a 1.90 ERA and 121 strikeouts against 35 walks in 114 innings.
Behind the success of their senior pitcher the Mountaineers have had success of their own. Sharing the PSAC Central title, their first conference championship, and earning a date with California in the PSAC Playoffs on Wednesday.
"It's awesome, it's the first time since I've been here that we made the playoffs," Klobosits said.
A year ago Klobosits was one of the Mountaineers top pitchers, but this year she has become their unquestioned number one pitcher.
"It makes me feel a lot more confident in myself that they have faith in me and trust me to get the job done," Klobosits said.
One thing that helps Klobosits now is knowing each time the Mountaineers play a doubleheader, she will be starting the first game.
"Just knowing you will be pitching, and being able to plan for it, that helps," she said.
Klobosits, and teammate Emily Crandell, are pitchers and don't play on their off days, while the other pitchers, Kate Pratt and Ashley Inman, play the field on days they aren't pitching.
For Klobosits there are things she does to stay involved with the game when she isn't on the mound.
"I usually track stats when I'm in the dugout," she said. "It keeps me involved with the game."
While Klobosits is the Mountaineers number one pitcher this year, it's been a long path to get here.
She has had to pay her dues, working her way into this role.
Coming from high school this can be a big adjustment for any pitcher.
"In high school I always started every game, so I was used to it," she said. "It's a little different here. I split time. I knew I would be competing for starts. That makes you better though. I worked hard and kept improving."
And, now, Klobosits is a senior, one of the leaders on the Mansfield University softball team and the ace of a team that has won a share of the PSAC Central title.
"I definitely can't believe I'm a senior and graduation is less than a month away," she said.
This might be her final season at Mansfield, but it has been the perfect way to end her career.
"I really couldn't ask for a better way to go out," she said. "We have done so much and it's been a great year."
As her career nears an end Klobosits just wants to keep pitching the way she has all season long.
"If I can just keep pitching the way I have been I will be happy," Klobosits said.
And, if the Mountaineers can finish their season with some postseason success that would just make things even more special.
"As a team we want to win PSACs," she said. "It's one of the goals we had since the Fall season. "
And, it would be the perfect way to end a perfect season for Klobosits.
"That would be awesome," she said. "Senior year and PSAC Champions. Nothing could be better than that."