2009 Softball Season Preview: Catchers
Jan. 27, 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 catchers. Check osubeavers.com in coming days for a further look into the 2009 season.
“We bring back Audrey Roderfeld, who did a great job for us at the end of the year when Stefanie Ewing got hurt,” head coach Kirk Walker said. “We have Stefanie returning and are hoping that she’s going to be back physically and able to contribute for us more behind the plate. Tarah Black continues to be consistent for us back there if we need to give the other two time off or if they’re not hitting. Between the three, we bring back a lot experience. Audrey as a freshman caught the bulk of the Pac-10, so coming back as a sophomore with that experience is going to be beneficial for our overall pitching/catching battery scenario.”
Senior Stefanie Ewing (Scottsdale, Ariz.) returns as the catcher with the most experience behind the plate, despite sitting out most of 2008 with a foot injury. Ewing, who earned All-Pacific Region honors in her rookie season, still recorded 84 putouts and caught seven runners stealing last season. She posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, adding 10 assists in the 22 games she appeared in as catcher.
Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld (Vista, Calif.) caught most of the Pac-10 schedule last season, racking up 150 putouts and 11 assists with a .994 fielding percentage. She caught three runners stealing and threw a pair of double plays behind the plate. Roderfeld started the season mainly as the designated player, hitting .243 with six doubles and eight home runs for a .446 slugging percentage. She was the lone Beaver to receive Pac-10 Player of the Week honors last season after hitting a grand slam against Northern Illinois before adding another long ball in the second game of the doubleheader. She added Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team honors at the end of the season.
Junior Tarah Black (Portland, Ore.) will also battle for time behind the plate after being used as a utility player throughout most of 2008. Black made defensive appearances at catcher, left field, right field and second base in her 47 games played. Last season, Black posted 43 putouts and seven assists and helped turn a double play.
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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