Meet the New Beavers: Nicole Luchanski

Jan. 22, 2009

The 2009 Oregon State softball season is quickly approaching, and the Beavers welcome five new faces to the team this season. Nicole Luchanski, an infielder from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was the fourth to sit down and answer questions about the transition to college, what the upcoming season has in store and just let the fans get to know her off of the field.


What are your personal goals this season?

My personal goals are to have a .990 fielding percentage and just be a scrappy player. I want to be diving for balls all of the time and being hit with pitches and just getting on base any way that I can.


What’s been the biggest difference between Canada and Corvallis?

The weather has been the biggest difference. To be able to practice outside in January is really different because we were always inside until at least April.


You played baseball until last summer. What’s been the hardest thing about the transition?

Hitting is the hardest because the pitching is so different than baseball pitching. It’s not just the distance, but the different types of pitches.


What do you miss most about Canada?

I just miss my home. It’s not so much Canada, but that’s where I grew up and where my family is. It’s not specific things about the country.


What’s been the biggest difference between college and high school?

People really expect you to be early all the time. It really is if you’re not 15 minutes early, you’re late. It’s always been kind of like that, but now it’s really like that. If you’re not then you’re out of the loop, basically.


What’s your favorite thing about Oregon State, so far?

My favorite thing is probably that it’s Pac-10, and everyone knows it and gets into the athletic events.


What are you looking forward to most this season?

I’m looking forward to what it’s like playing softball at the highest level because I only played that one year and it wasn’t the highest level, obviously. I’m looking forward to seeing how we do against other teams and travel everywhere and get a feel for what the competition is like.


10 Fun Facts About Nicole Luchanski

·         My favorite thing about playing softball is making the final out of the game on defense.

·         My favorite athlete to watch in another sport is David Eckstein.

·         My superstition is when I get a hit, I stay with that same bat.

·         The one song I can’t get out of my head is “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” by The Offspring.

·         The talent I’d most like to have is to be able to play the guitar.

·         My favorite team as a kid is the Edmonton Trappers (AAA).

·         The website I visit the most is Facebook.

·         My favorite meal is fish sticks, perogies and vegetables.

·         My favorite place on the Oregon State campus is the Sports Performance Center because it’s immaculate.

·         The trip I look forward to the most this season is Hawai’i.


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