Meet the New Beavers: Mary Claire Brenner

Jan. 19, 2009

The 2009 Oregon State softball season is quickly approaching, and the Beavers welcome five new faces to the team this season. Mary Claire Brenner, an outfielder from Portland, Ore., was the first to sit down and answer questions about the transition to college, what the upcoming season has in store and just let the fans get to know her off of the field.


What are your personal goals this season?

Im hoping to get a starting spot. As a freshman Im trying to figure out what its all about.


Why did you choose Oregon State, and what other schools were you looking at?

I chose Oregon State because I love Oregon, and Im from Portland so it was nice to be so close to my family and friends. And it’s in the Pac-10 – youre not going to get any better than that, so that was definitely a plus. And its just a beautiful school here and a great environment, and I felt at home. I looked at Oregon, Santa Clara, Washington, Oklahoma, but I decided I wanted to stay more West Coast.


Did it help having high school teammate Paige Hall coming here, too?

It definitely helped. Weve been playing together since we were 11, so were good friends. It was great coming with such a great friend. We help each other out a lot.


What’s the hardest thing about college so far?

The hardest thing is the time management. Softball’s such a huge commitment here compared to high school with the weights and the homework and just managing all that time and trying to get everything done.


What do you miss most about high school?

I got to be with my sister last year. She was a freshman and I was a senior, so we got to play sports together, so I just miss seeing and hanging out with her every day.


What’s your favorite thing about college?

I think softball is my favorite thing right now. There’s a tight bond on the team and being a part of Division I athletics is pretty fun.


What are you looking forward to most this season?

I’m really excited to travel. Since I’m a freshman, I haven’t gotten a chance to do that yet. And I’m ready to play some games.


What’s your favorite thing about Oregon State so far?

My favorite thing about Oregon State so far is being able to be involved with softball. It’s a great school, and I love that it’s in Oregon.


What has been your favorite class?

My favorite class so far is my Lifestyle Fitness class because I learn about what’s good to eat, how you should work out and that type of stuff.


10 Fun Facts About Mary Claire Brenner

·         My favorite thing about playing softball is the teamwork it takes to be a great team.

·         The people that had the biggest influence on me playing softball are my parents because when I wanted to quit tee ball they made me stick with it.

·         My greatest love is the beach.

·         My favorite athlete to watch in another sport is Michael Phelps.

·         The website I visit the most is Facebook.

·         My favorite meal is chicken alfredo.

·         My superstition is wearing my hair in a certain way when my team is doing well, and switching it if we arent doing well.

·         My favorite place on the Oregon State campus is the softball field.

·         The thing I want to do more than anything else is travel the world.

·         The trip I look forward to the most this season is Hawaii.


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