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Lobo Softball Signs Emily Brouse

by Allison Weiss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Lobo Softball has added further depth at pitcher with the signing of Emily Brouse, as announced by head coach Nicole Dickson on Wednesday.

A right-hander from Harlan, Iowa, Brouse comes to UNM after spending last season at Odessa College and her first season at Iowa Western Community College, and with over 230 innings in the circle and 316 career strikeouts.

“We have been following Emily since the fall at Odessa and are excited to add her to the staff,” stated Dickson. “She compliments our pitching staff, has swing-and-miss stuff plus averages one strikeout an inning.

“The biggest thing that sold me when recruiting Emily was her maturity and competitive attitude. She was always ready to help her team starting or closing games, and was intentional and locked in.”

Brouse pitched 110.2 innings her sophomore season with the Wranglers, appearing in 29 games with 22 starts and 10 complete games. On the season she totaled 137 strikeouts (an average of 8.67 per game) while allowing 38 runs (30 earned) to finish with an 18-3 record, two saves and a 1.90 ERA. Of her 29 appearances, she struck out five or more batters in 15 games with two games with 10-plus strikeouts that included a season-high 13 in a two-hit, complete-game shutout. Brouse later threw a no-hitter against Western Texas College, striking out 12, and had her second no-hitter against Frank Phillips College, striking out six while also not allowing a walk. In total, Brouse threw five complete games in which she gave up one or fewer hits.

As a freshman, Brouse threw 120.2 innings in 26 appearances with 21 starts and 11 complete games, going 15-5 with a 2.78 ERA and striking out 179 (an average of 10.38 per game) at Iowa Western CC.  Brouse struck out 10-plus batters in eight games, including a game with 20 strikeouts. She threw a no-hitter against State Fair Community College, striking out 11 and not allowing a walk, and on the year threw three complete games in which she gave up one or fewer hits.

She was named a NFCA NJCAA Second-Team All-American, NFCA First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference and named the MVP for the WJCAC following the 2023 season and was a Second Team All-Region for the ICCAC (Iowa Community College Athletic Conference) in 2022.

Intending to major in exercise science, Brouse noted that the program and Albuquerque felt like home as to why she chose UNM.

Brouse is the second pitcher that the Lobos have signed this offseason, joining Aalijah Alarcon, and the third Lobo overall to be added after signing catcher Sydney Carithers.