2009 Softball Season Preview: Infield

Jan. 29, 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 infielders. Check osubeavers.com in coming days for a further look into the 2009 season.



Cristy Hatton

Paige Lowe

DeAnn Young


Alana Ford

Erin Guzy

Nikki Chandler

Nicole Luchanski


“Clearly the infield is stronger and deeper than weve had in a long time,” head coach Kirk Walker said. “Bringing in Nikki Chandler to take on those major responsibilities at shortstop has proven to be very solid and brings us a spark and a leadership there that allows us to move Paige Lowe back over to second base full-time. And it allows us to be a little stronger up the middle than we were last year. At the corners, weve seen some different things going on. Obviously Alana Ford has been playing very well and has stepped up her game going into her third year. DeAnn Young has done very well at third, and weve pretty much had her full-time there. On the right side, it looks like Erin Guzy is going to be primarily at first base, which is bringing her in from the outfield. Erins been playing great at first base and is showing signs of leadership.”


Senior Paige Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) returns for her final season after a strong defensive season at shortstop last season, which resulted in All-Pacific Region Second Team honors and All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention. She’ll make the transition back to second base this season. In 2008, Lowe chalked up 117 putouts and 154 assists, adding eight double plays. Offensively, she was solid for the Beavers with a .294 average, including five doubles, one triple and two home runs. She moved runners on a team-high 12 sacrifice hits and stole 13 bases successfully.


Also returning to the infield is senior DeAnn Young (Camarillo, Calif.), who will move from first base to third this season. At first base in 2008, Young turned 12 double plays, racked up 411 putouts and 24 assists for a .993 fielding percentage. She hit .263 with five doubles, a triple and four home runs with 11 walks.


Splitting time at third base will be junior Alana Ford (Chula Vista, Calif.), who had a solid defensive season in 2008. Ford tallied 47 putouts and 114 assists, appearing in all 59 games, starting 58.


At first base, sophomore Erin Guzy (Beaverton, Ore.) will transition in from the outfield. Guzy earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors last season as well as being named to the Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team after batting .351 in conference play with 19 putouts and two assists in right field. Overall, Guzy caught 43 balls with four assists and hit .288 with seven doubles and a three-run game winning home run.


Freshman Nikki Chandler (Houston, Tex.) will be the starting shortstop after being earning All-District honors all four years of high school and being named the district Most Valuable Player in 2008. She was also named Offensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and earned All-Greater Houston honors during her career in high school.


Also looking to add to the depth of the infield are senior Cristy Hatton (Tigard, Ore.) and freshman Nicole Luchanski (Edmonton, Alberta).


Hatton was used primarily as a pinch runner in 2008, scoring six runs and adding a pair of stolen bases in 14 games. But she also made a pair of appearances at second base.


Luchanski could find time at shortstop or second base. Luchanski is coming off playing men’s baseball throughout high school, although was named to the Canadian Women’s National Baseball Team, playing in World Cups in Taiwan and Japan.


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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