2009 Softball Season Preview: Pitchers
Jan. 26, 2009
The 2009 Oregon State softball season is just days away. The start of the 2009 campaign begins Friday, Feb. 6, at the Cathedral City Kickoff in Cathedral City, Calif., against Southern Illinois at 3:00 p.m.
Here's a look at the pitchers. Check osubeavers.com in coming days for a further look into the 2009 season.
“We’re returning our pitching staff from last year, and adding in two more pitchers this year,” head coach Kirk Walker said. “We’re excited about returning Kelly Dyer for an opportunity to start off the season and do some things differently at the beginning of the season. She finished strong for us in the Pac-10. We look for her to continue to lead us in the circle and with her overall leadership from what she gained from last year’s experience. Adding in Paige Hall and Karmen Holladay, I think it will give us a really good staff that complements each other well. Overall, there’s a lot of experience coming in and far more talent than we had last year, so that’s obviously a good place to be.”
There’s no question about who the top pitcher is before the 2009 season starts. Junior Kelly Dyer (Eugene, Ore.) returns to the circle with the most collegiate experience of the three-pitcher staff. Dyer threw for 259.2 innings in 2008, good for the seventh most in a single season in school history. She recorded a 19-25 overall record, starting and nearly throwing complete games in all 21 Pac-10 games. Dyer racked up 192 strikeouts and threw five complete game shutouts.
Battling for time after throwing all of the fall season is freshman Paige Hall (Portland, Ore.). A top recruit out of Jesuit High School, Hall was the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2008 and a three-time Metro League Pitcher of the Year. She earned All-State honors her final two seasons and helped lead her team to the 6A Oregon State Championship in 2006 during her sophomore season.
And although she hasn’t thrown a pitch in a collegiate game yet, redshirt freshman Karmen Holladay (Corvallis, Ore.) will look to shake off the injury that led to season-ending surgery last year. At Corvallis High School, Holladay earned First Team All-State and Pitcher of the Year honors as a senior in 2007. She earned All-State honors the previous three years – first team as a junior, second team as a sophomore and honorable mention as a freshman.
Oregon State opens its season on Friday, Feb. 6 at the Cathedral City Kickoff against Southern Illinois at 3:00 p.m.
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