Big-hitting third baseman, who was a regular at third base over her three years ... Is an athletic player, who played for the USA Women's Baseball National Team in the IPAF World Cup over the summer of 2013 ... Has good power ... Possesses a good arm ... Routinely comes into the game late for her defensive skills ... SDSU was 51-13 over her career when she had at least one hit.
* Two-time Mountain West Spring All-Academic Team (2013 & 2015)
2015 SEASON - JUNIOR
Played in 54 of the team's 58 games with 52 starts (46 at third base and six at first base) ... Batted .276 (43-for-156) with four home runs, 33 RBIs, 18 runs, seven doubles and 21 walks for a .397 slugging percentage and a .365 on-base percentage ... The 33 RBIs tied for third on the team ... Had just 13 errors in 226 fielding chances for a .942 fielding percentage ... Had 11 multi-hit games, six multi-RBI games (fourth on team) and two multi-run games ... Added seven game-winning pays (tied for third most on team) on three game-winning RBIs and four game-winning runs ... In MW play, hit .275 (19-for-69) with three homers, 18 RBIs, 12 runs, two doubles and 14 walks, slugging .435 and posting a .398 on-base mark ...
2014 SEASON - SOPHOMORE
Batted .257 (27-for-105) with her first career home run (1), runs (6), hit by pitch (1) and sacrifice fly (1) ... Also had three doubles and 13 RBIs ... Started 29 of the team's 59, including 18 at third base, six at first base and five as the designated player ... Had seven multi-hit games ... Batted .286 (8-for-28) with two RBIs, three runs and a sacrifice bunt in MW play ... Was 4-for-15 (.267) with a homer, two RBIs and two runs at the Kajikawa Classic from Feb. 6-8 ... Made her 2014 debut a good one, going 3-for-3 with a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning against Appalachian State (2/6) in a game SDSU would win, 7-6, in eight innings ... The home run was the first of her career ... Also scored her first two runs of her career after not scoring in 33 games as a freshman in 2013 and added a sacrifice bunt ... Singled and was hit by a pitch (first of career) vs. Cal Poly (2/8) ... Batted .333 (4-for-12) with an RBI on a sacrifice fly over the Campbell/Cartier Classic from Feb. 13-16 ... Had a hit in three straight games to kick off the classic, including two singles vs. No. 23/25 California (2/14) ... Had her first career sacrifice fly vs. Texas State (2/15) ... Was 0-for-7 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic from Feb. 20-23 ...Batted .250 (1-for-4) at the San Diego Classic I from Feb. 27-March 3 ... Was 4-for-14 (.286) with five RBIs, a run, two doubles and a walk at the Shocker Softball Classic from March 6-9 ... Had two hits at Wichita State (3/6) ... Walked and scored a run vs. Iowa State (3/7) ... Had a career-best two doubles and a career-high five RBIs against North Dakota (3/9), which is the most by an Aztec this season ... Was 3-for-17 (.176) with two RBIs and a walk at the San Diego Classic II and vs. Monmouth from March 14-18 ... Had an RBI single vs. UT Arlington (3/14) ... Walked and added an RBI vs. Texas Tech (3/16) ... Did not play in the MW-opening series at New Mexico from March 21-23 ... Was 2-for-2 with an RBI vs. Cal State Northridge (3/26) ... Batted a team-high-tying .444 (4-for-9) with two RBIs and two runs against Nevada from April 4-6 ... Had a single and an RBI in the series opener vs. Nevada (4/4) ... Singled, had an RBI and scored a run in the middle game vs. the Wolf Pack (4/5) ... Had two hits and a run in the series finale (4/6) ... Was 1-for-7 (.143) with a sacrifice bunt at Fresno State from April 11-13 ... Was 3-for-5 with a run vs. Utah State from April 17-19 ... Had two hits and a run in the series finale with the Aggies (4/19) ... Was 0-for-3 vs. UNLV from April 22-23 ... Played in two games off the bench as a defensive substitution at first base vs. Colorado State from April 25-27, recording two putouts and an assist without getting a plate appearance ... Was 0-for-3 at San José State from May 2-4, but came off the bench in all three games to make a combined 11 plays (10 putouts and an assist) at first base ... Played in two games at first base off the bench vs. Boise State, going 0-for-1 with three putouts ... Was 1-for-3 (.333) with a double at the NCAA Tempe Regional from May 16-17 ... The Aztecs were 17-2 when she got at least one hit.
2013 SEASON - FRESHMAN
Started 27 games in her freshman season, all at third base, and played in 33 overall ... Was 3-for-16 (.188) in her first weekend of collegiate softball at the Kajikawa Classic from Feb. 7-9 ... Had an RBI single in her first collegiate at-bat vs. Creighton (2/7) and later added another single ... Had her first-ever double the following day against Stephen F. Austin (2/8), one of just SDSU's three hits ... Was 0-for-4 over two games (one start) at the Campbell/Cartier Classic from Feb. 14-17 ... Was 0-for-3 over two games (one start) at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic from Feb. 21-24 ... Came off the bench one time at the San Diego Classic from Feb. 28-March 3, striking out vs. Long Beach State (3/1) in a pinch hit opportunity ... Logged two starts at the Fresno State Classic from March 8-10, going 2-for-8 (.250) with an RBI and a sac bunt ... Had two hits and an RBI in a start vs. Saint Mary's (3/9) ... Batted .400 (4-for-10) with two RBIs over San Diego State's seven games from March 12-16 ... Recorded two singles and an RBI in back-to-back starts at third base vs. Iona (3/12) and Bryant (3/14) ... Came off the bench once over the MW-opening home series against New Mexico from March 28-30, reaching via error on the March 29 game ... Went 3-for-7 (.429) with a RBI over SDSU's four games from April 3-7 ... Had an RBI single in a start in the Nevada opener (4/5) and had singles in the next two games with starts on April 6-7 ... Was 2-for-5 with an RBI in San Diego State's two non-conference games at Cal State Fullerton (4/10) and UC Riverside (4/13), with the RBI single coming vs. UCR ... Was 1-for-7 with two walks and a sac bunt over SDSU's four games from April 16-21 ... Finished 1-for-9 (.111) over the Aztecs' three-game series vs. Fresno State from April 26-28 ... Was 1-for-9 (.111) with an RBI over San Diego State's series at Colorado State from May 4-5 ... Had an RBI and a single in the nightcap of a doubleheader vs. CSU (5/5) ... Was 0-for-2 over
SDSU's series with UNLV from May 9-11 ... The Aztecs are 9-4 when she has at least one hit ... Did not play in the NCAA Tempe Regional on May 17-18.
CLUB - LADY HUSTLE
Played her club ball with Lady Hustle with coach Julie Marshall.
HIGH SCHOOL - CASTRO VALLEY
Earned four letters at Castro Valley High School in Castro Valley, Calif. ... Played for the USA Women's Baseball National Team at the IBAF World Cup over the summer ... Was a three-time all-league selection, including a two-time first-team pick and an HAAL MVP as a junior ... Also garnered all-East Bay accolades ... Helped the Trojans to four HAAL titles ... Hit .486 with seven doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBIs as a senior ... Also played basketball and baseball at Castro Valley HS ... Was recruited by Akron and Simpson College, among others ... A scholar-athlete.
Kayla Christine Bufardeci was born June 10, 1994 in Castro Valley, Calif ... Daughter of Diane Whitehouse.