Softball Signs Two Oregon Prep Standouts

Nov. 15, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Danielle Jodoin of Eugene, OR, and Erin Bequette of Hermiston, OR, have signed letters of intent to play for Oregon State University's softball team in 2002, announced Beaver head coach Kirk Walker on Wednesday.

Walker believes Jodoin and Bequette will add depth to the Beaver lineup and is excited that they made the commitment to OSU. Both players already have ties with the Oregon State squad, Jodoin's sister Jenny, has competed the past three seasons for OSU while Bequette played summer ball with current Beavers Shelly Prochaska and Monica Hoffman.

Jodoin, a 5-11 first baseman, helped lead North Eugene High School to the state championship last season while posting impressive offensive and defensive numbers. The all-state award-winner finished her junior season with a .433 batting average and a .650 slugging percentage in Midwestern League games, while setting a school record with 26 RBI and five triples. Defensively Jodoin finished conference action with 122 putouts without an error for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

'We are so excited to have Dani sign because of her ties with our program and her athletic ability,' commented Walker. 'She has limitless potential that she is just beginning to start to tap into. We see Dani as being someone that is going to make an impact for us down the road as she gets stronger and more comfortable at this level. She hasn't played as much at a highly competitive level as the other recruits, but she is definitely a competitor in nature, just as her sister.'

Bequette, a 5-7 catcher, is a three-time first team Intermountain Conference all-star while competing at Hermiston High School and was named to the third team all-state squad following her junior season. Bequette finished last season with a .419 batting average and an on-base percentage of .615. Defensively Bequette threw out six of eight base runners attempting to steal while she was behind the plate.

'Erin has some of the strongest and quickest wrists that I've ever seen in a hitter and I think she is really going to excel at 43-feet offensively,' said Walker. 'Her immediate impact for us will be with her bat and with a year to get some catching experience, she will be a force for us behind the plate in the future. She's got a very strong arm and a great family as well. Her dad was her high school coach and is very, very experienced in the game. Her summer team, Aphis 18U Gold, is the top ASA program in the Northwest.'

Both Jodoin and Bequette have earned accolades for off-field accomplishments. Jodoin maintains a 3.95 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society while Bequette earned scholar athlete recognition for her 3.5 GPA and served as freshman class vice president.

Jodoin and Bequette join Alana Mendoza of Camarillo, CA, and Kelly Petersen of San Diego, CA, to bring the total of new signees for the 2002 Beaver softball squad to four.

'This class that we are signing is one of the strongest academically as a group and also a very special group in terms of personality,' said Walker. 'We are extremely excited about the quality of the character of these athletes coming in and of their families and the support that they are going to bring.'

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