Softball Senior Profile -- Brynnen Guthrie

April 17, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Senior second baseman Brynnen Guthrie has made her presence felt throughout her four-year career at Oregon State. Guthrie currently leads the Beavers with a .372 batting average and has the opportunity to finish her career ranked in the OSU Top 10 in 10 different career batting categories - a feat yet to be accomplished by anyone in Oregon State softball program history.

A native of Winchester, OR, Guthrie enters the week having donned her Oregon State uniform in 191 games over the course of four seasons. When she hangs up her cleats for a final time at the end of May, this soft-spoken leader will continue working on her degree in Human Development and Family Sciences in pursuit of becoming an elementary school teacher.

Guthrie is one of five seniors on the Beavers' softball roster - a group of individuals that have helped re-write the OSU record book throughout their careers.

A weekly player profile will highlight each of the Beaver seniors through the end of the season and give you an inside look at five outstanding individuals.

The following is a question and answer session with Brynnen Guthrie prior to a recent practice:

Q. How long have you been playing softball?

A. I started playing softball when I was eight. My mom started a softball league in our hometown for both my sister and I to play in because there were no leagues. My mom organized it, got the funding and did it all and my dad ended up coaching. I started playing when I was eight but I grew up on a baseball field with my dad, who was a coach, so I've really been playing baseball/softball since I was old enough to walk.

Q. You played a couple of other sports in high school (basketball, volleyball), what made you stick with softball?

A. First of all, height! I was definitely lacking in height and volleyball and basketball are sports where you have to have a good shot or you have to be tall. Seeing how I had neither of those, I just thought softball was a better fit for me.

Q. What other schools were you thinking about attending and why did you choose Oregon State?

A. Actually, I wanted to go to University of Oregon. I grew up an Oregon Duck fan, it was the first softball game that I went to and was all I had known - my grandparents had football season tickets for the Ducks. I was also looking at Georgia Tech, University of Hawaii and few other smaller schools. I came here (Oregon State) on my recruiting visit though, and it just fit. I ended up wanting to go here for some unknown reason - and it was right.

Q. What school is Oregon State's biggest rival for softball?

A. Up until this weekend it was definitely Washington. Everyone hates going to their place. Everyone hates UW - their band playing when you go to take your infield and fans chanting mean things to you when you're on the field. Oregon is definitely right up there because it's Civil War so that's just a given, but UW up until this weekend was one of our biggest rivals. They (Washington) helped us pull the tarp though (prior to Sunday's rainout), so we kind of like them a little more now!

Q. You've battled back from numerous injuries throughout your career (knees, back, shoulder, etc.) and have been highly successful, what has kept you coming back and given you the drive to succeed?

A. Sometimes I wonder, but I guess it's just the fact that I've grown up knowing that this is what I want to do, and this is how I'm going to get through college. The fact that I've never failed at anything I've really tried to do, just wouldn't let me give up. I have to finish it out or I wouldn't be doing everything that my parents had taught me. My parents taught me that once you start something, you finish it - no matter if you're hurt or whatever. I'm really glad that I was taught that, and thank God that he was up there watching me to make sure that I wasn't hurt so bad that I couldn't go back on the field.

Q. What has been your most memorable moment over your career at Oregon State?

A. There are two things actually that stick out to me. When we were at Regionals my freshman year we were in extra innings with Northwestern and I had a game-winning double. I thought that was about the coolest thing ever. My teammates came out and jumped on me on the field - it was pretty special. And then this year I hit my first career grand slam against Santa Clara - that was a pretty cool moment.

Q. You've accomplished numerous things while playing here, hitting a grand slam, going 4-for-4 in a game, ranking in the Top 10 in nearly every school batting category. Is there anything you haven't accomplished that you'd like to before the end of the season?

A. I want to leave the program with a mark that they know I was here. I want the younger players to not think of me just as a good softball player, but as a good teammate and a good person - someone they could always talk to and have fun with. That is so much more important to me than any of the records I could ever achieve - just knowing that I have great friends out of this.

Q. What do you see yourself doing after you graduate from Oregon State?

A. I want to be a teacher. Little kids are so blatantly honest that it's amazing how they can make your life seem so much easier - they don't get into controversies like adults do. They tell it how it is, and I love that about kids. I love the fact that they can almost always find the good in a situation and it makes you happier. I'm definitely excited about becoming a teacher.

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