2010 Softball Season Preview: Outfield
Feb. 4, 2010
The 2010 Oregon State softball season is just days away. The start of the 2010 campaign begins Friday, Feb. 12, at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., against Ole Miss at 8:30 a.m. PT.
Here's a look at the outfield. Check osubeavers.com in coming days for a further look into the 2010 season. And follow Oregon State softball on Twitter -- OregonStateSB.
“Our outfield is full of talent,” head coach Kirk Walker said. “Between Ashley Sanchez, Dani Chisholm, McKenna Lowe and Mary Claire Brenner, there are four people that really made a huge offensive contribution this fall. It’s going to be tough only having three of them in the lineup. But all four of them have really done a great job. I think Mary Claire and her power and RBI production is going to really make her very valuable in the lineup. The speed and the aggressiveness of the other three will make for a very strong battle for the starting lineup.”
Senior Dani Chisholm (Boring, Ore.) returns to anchor the Oregon State outfield, after starting nearly every game in her career in either right or center field. Chisholm recorded 75 putouts and one assists last season in center field, playing in 54 of the team’s 55 games, starting 42. Offensively, Chisholm hit .253 with 40 hits, 18 runs and a team-high 12 doubles, tying the 10th best single season school record. She hit her first career home run and tallied 12 RBI with 10 sacrifice hits and five stolen bases.
Junior McKenna Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) struggled offensively early before finishing the season with a .250 batting average. Lowe played in 48 games, starting 30 in left field, chalking up 32 putouts and three assists, helping turn a double play. At the plate, Lowe had 24 hits, 11 runs and led the team in stolen bases with eight.
Working her way into the lineup a few weeks into the season, sophomore Ashley Sanchez (Alameda, Calif.) finished the season with a .284 batting average, in 50 games, starting 46 usually in left or right field. Sanchez racked up 40 hits and 17 runs with 10 RBI, walking 17 times usually as the leadoff batter. She caught 43 putouts and earned three assists in the field.
Used mainly as a pinch hitter last season, sophomore Mary Claire Brenner (Portland, Ore.) played in 21 games, starting eight with five hits and four walks. She only recorded one chance in the field all season. Brenner came to Oregon State from Jesuit High School, where she earned three All-State First Team honors and led her team to a state title.
“Katelyn Miller going into her senior year has always been so consistent for us,” Walker said. “Defensively she is as sound as ever, and offensively she’s showing some great signs of competitiveness at the plate. It is going to be challenging to get in the lineup in the outfield.
Senior Katelyn Miller (Camarillo, Calif.) has seen limited playing time in the field, playing in 59 games in her career, starting 13, usually in right field. Last season, Miller tallied a pair of putouts, adding four hits and two runs at the plate to hit .250.
“We might also possibly see Lea Cavestany, if she’s not at an infield position,” Walker said. “She could easily be in an outfield position to make sure we can get her in the lineup. And then Kilee Lippincott has been working out in the outfield as well. She’s coming along with getting used to the level of play, but she has a lot to offer in her speed and gets a tremendous jump on the ball.”
Freshman Kilee Lippincott (Lake Chelan, Wash.) is looked to be a pinch runner this season but could see time in the outfield. Lippincott was a four-year starter in center field. She was a four-time First Team All-Caribou Trail League honoree and named All-State.
Freshman Lea Cavestany (Pittsburg, Calif.) was introduced in the infield preview on Tuesday. A true utility player, Cavestany could be seen in a number of positions this season in the Beaver lineup.
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