Inside Scoop: Ashley Chinn
Feb. 18, 2009
Ashley Chinn is a sophomore pitcher from Belmont, Calif. who attended local Carlmont High School. As a freshman last year, Ashley pitched in 22 contests, made 15 starts and posted an 11-2 record. She threw two no-hitters in her rookie season, including the seventh perfect game in school history against Princeton last March. So far in 2009, she has made three appearances, struck out 15 batters and picked up wins in both of her starts. Last weekend, she posted her 100th career strikeout against Utah State and joined the school's top-10 all-time strikeout leaders.
What is something that you are NOT good at?
I'm a really bad cook. I'm living in an apartment this year and haven't cooked for myself a single time. I was planning on making spaghetti one night so I boiled pasta and just threw the tomato sauce in and it tasted horrible! I was making it for my roommate and myself and she didn't even want to eat it. I mean, who messes up spaghetti?
Being from the Bay Area, were you a Stanford fan growing up? Did you have a favorite Stanford softball player?
As a local kid, I was always a fan of Stanford. Tori Nyberg was my favorite player because she was from my town and went to the high school I would attend. I came to a couple camps when I was younger. There was one pitching camp I went to where there were so many of us that there wasn't enough room for everyone to pitch on the dirt, so some pitchers got moved to left field. I was one of them and totally tore up the grass with my drag! The coaches were freaking out about it and I never really understood why until I became a player here.
You listed one of your hobbies as surfing. Are you a good surfer?
I've been surfing a couple times and I wouldn't say I can really surf, but I know how to. The first time I went with a couple friends at Santa Cruz and was about to get up on my board but my hands were too far forward and I pushed the nose of the board down instead of the center of it. I got taken under just as a set of waves was coming in, so just as I was coming up for air another wave would crash on me and take me under. It happened about three times but it was really scary.
Is there you're 'addicted to' or spend a lot of time doing?
I absolutely love food. Last year, my teammates would jokingly give me a hard time because during games, I was constantly eating all the snacks we had available for us in the dugout. One of my favorite foods is probably ribs. I order ribs A LOT when we're on the road...a full rack. And I always finish them. I kind of surprise myself, and possibly others, with the amount of food I eat. All the girls on the team know that I love ribs, and it's gotten to the point where they're a little surprised when I order something different. I get hassled about the amount of food I eat, but what can I say? I love food.
What's the best vacation you've ever taken or favorite vacation spot?
I think my favorite vacation spot would have to be Sorrento and Capri, Italy. I've been there the last two summers. The first time was just with my mom and this past year was with both my parents. It's very relaxing and beautiful and I especially love the laid-back culture and lifestyle of Italy. The scenery there is absolutely breath-taking and unlike anything I've seen before.
How did you start playing softball? Were you always a pitcher?
I started playing softball when I was nine because all my friends at school would always talk about how much fun they had together on the same team. However, the following year when I joined my friends, they all decided to go play soccer. The first year I played, we had a really dominating pitcher and everyone defined the team with her name, saying it was her team. So I decided I wanted that to be me and picked up pitching the next year.