|High School:||Rancho Bueno Vista|
2016: Hughen quickly adapted to her role out of the bullpen this year with 11 of her 16 appearances coming as a reliever. She picked up four saves in those 11 relief appearances which enabled her to place 26th in the nation for saves. The righty earned saves against Bethune-Cookman, Rider, and two versus Sacred Heart. She did not allow a run in half of her 16 games pitched, one of which was a shutout against Rhode Island. Hughen allowed just two hits and fanned two in the 10-0 victory against the Rams. She also collected a complete-game win against Wagner on April 13, yielding one earned run and nine hits while striking out five without walking a batter. Her 39-plus innings pitched are third among her teammates and the most by any Fairfield underclassman.
Before Fairfield: Karisa Hughen was a key member of the Rancho Buena Vista High School softball team throughout her career. During that time frame, the pitcher posted a 2.52 ERA with 19 wins and 134 strikeouts in 174 innings pitched. In her sophomore season, Hughen earned a 14-6 record in 25 appearances, fanning 102 batters in 124 innings pitched. As a junior, Hughen posted 32 strikeouts in 50 innings of work and earned a 5-2 overall record. A control pitcher, she registered more strikeouts than walks in her soiphomore and junior seasons. In addition to her high school performance, Hughen also was a member of the American Athletics Gold travel team. She earned a spot on the academic honor roll each semester and was an AP scholar.