2009 Softball Season Preview: Outfield
Jan. 28, 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 outfielders. Check osubeavers.com in coming days for a further look into the 2009 season.
Mary Claire Brenner
“In the outfield we’ve got a huge arsenal in options to work with,” head coach Kirk Walker said. “Starting with center field, we look for Dani Chisholm to bring that leadership as a junior coming back. She’s shown that she’s a leader in the outfield and stepped up her game. McKenna Lowe returns in left field after a great freshman year, barring the injury that took her out for part of the Pac-10 season. But before that injury she was our leading hitter. We’ve seen a lot of growth from her. In right field we have two athletes competing really hard for that spot, a freshman Mary Claire Brenner and a junior Katelyn Miller. They’ve kind of gone back and forth on who has the inside edge to it, so I think it’s a very healthy competition to get that playing time. Both of them are power hitters and are very solid on defense and both have very strong arms.”
Junior Dani Chisholm (Boring, Ore.) will anchor the outfield again this season in centerfield after a successful sophomore season both in the field and at the plate, resulting in All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention accolades. Chisholm tallied 89 putouts with two assists last season on defense, including a season-high six putouts against Stanford. Offensively, Chisholm led the Beavers with a .321 batting average and 61 hits. She racked up eight doubles, a triple and 22 RBI. Her speed led her to steal a team-high tying 15 bases.
Sophomore McKenna Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) also returns this season in left field after a solid rookie season, earning All-Pac-10 Freshmen Honorable Mention honors. A pair of injuries kept her out of play in 11 games, but she still managed to record 36 putouts and one assist. She earned the second-best batting average on the team, hitting .298 with a pair of doubles and triples and one home run. She drew 19 walks as the lead-off batter through most of the season and stole 11 bases.
Miller racked up 13 putouts, adding an assist, last season in right field. She mainly was used as a pinch hitter or runner, although got some time in right field in 18 games of the 28 she appeared in. She also started six games last season. With limited time at the plate, Miller recorded three hits, three walks and stole one base.
Brenner will most likely see time in the outfield as well. A three-time All-State First Team selection out of Jesuit High School, Brenner helped her team to a state championship during her sophomore season and two third place finishes.
Roberts has played a number of roles during her three years at Oregon State, defensively mostly appearing in left or right field. Last season she recorded three putouts. She has been used mainly as a pinch runner, scoring 12 last season, adding a pair of stolen bases.
Sanchez will look to get some time in centerfield this season. She was a three-time All-League honoree at Alameda High School and earned All-East Bay First Team accolades twice.
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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