2010 Softball Season Preview: Pitchers
Feb. 3, 2010
The 2010 Oregon State softball season is just days away. The start of the 2010 campaign begins Friday, Feb. 12, at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., against Ole Miss at 8:30 a.m. PT.
Here's a look at the pitchers. Check osubeavers.com in coming days for a further look into the 2010 season. And follow Oregon State softball on Twitter -- OregonStateSB.
5-8 • Senior (3V)
5-11 • Sophomore (1V)
5-11 • Sophomore (1V)
5-6 • Freshman (HS)
Vancouver, British Columbia
(Point Grey Secondary)
“It’s great to have returning pitchers this season,” head coach Kirk Walker said. “Obviously we didn’t have the performance, confidence or endurance that we wanted to have in the circle last season. But I certainly feel like what we’re stepping into the season with this year is greater experience, ability and passion.”
Senior Kelly Dyer (Eugene, Ore.) comes back with the most experience in the circle after throwing nearly every game as a sophomore and over three-quarters of the games last season as a junior. Last season, Dyer tied the third highest single season record for saves with five, tallying four complete game shutouts and 112 strikeouts. She currently is ranked fifth all-time for career saves with seven, eighth for complete game shutouts with nine and 10th for wins with 32. Defensively, Dyer’s game was top notch, posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 12 putouts and 45 assists, and helping turn a pair of the team’s school record 32 double plays.
Sophomore Paige Hall (Portland, Ore.) is coming off a winning rookie season, chalking up over half of the team’s wins last season with 40 appearances. She earned four complete game shutouts and a save on 165.1 innings of work with 60 strikeouts. Hall earned Most Valuable Pitcher honors at the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha, hosted by Hawai’i. Hall also tallied a hit on the season, a RBI-double, with seven total at bats.
“Paige Hall is coming back probably having thrown more than any freshman ever in our program, and Kelly Dyer coming back after having not as good of a year as she had hoped,” Walker said. “So I think both of them are very hungry and eager to get out on the field and play at a higher level.”
Sophomore Karmen Holladay (Corvallis, Ore.) made eight appearances in the circle for the Beavers last season after redshirting her true freshman season and undergoing surgery on her shoulder. Holladay earned her first career start at No. 2 UCLA and threw a total of 14.0 innings with a pair of strikeouts.
“Karmen Holladay has really progressed well after coming back from her injury, and we expect that she’s going to be able to make more of an impact and throw more than she did last year,” Walker said.
Newest to the pitching rotation is freshman Marina Demore (Vancouver, British Columbia), a 5-6 right handed pitcher. Demore is expected to redshirt her true freshman season. She comes to Oregon State after winning a gold twice as a member of Team B.C., while helping her team to four national championships. Demore was named to the Top 26 list in the nation for Team Canada softball.
“Marina Demore is absolutely fantastic and brings a tremendous amount of competition, energy and talent in the circle,” Walker said. “She’s a little more inexperienced coming in from not playing so much year round up in Canada. But we’re expecting that she’ll redshirt, and in this year, she’ll grow and get more confidence and experience. But we do feel that if something happened and we put her in the lineup, she’d do very well.”
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