Meet the New Beavers: Nikki Chandler

Jan. 20, 2009

The 2009 Oregon State softball season is quickly approaching, and the Beavers welcome five new faces to the team this season. Nikki Chandler, an infielder from Houston, Texas, was the second 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.


You’re from the South. What has been the hardest part about moving here?

The hardest transition for me would be leaving my family and my friends back home. I had to come to a totally new atmosphere and meet new people, who I’ve never met anyone like before, but it’s been awesome.


What are your personal goals this season?

My personal goals are to stay strong all-around and keep pushing. I know this is going to be the hardest season for me since it’s my freshman year, and I’m trying to get used to the Pac-10 and see how everyone plays and the pace of it. So I guess just to stay up and keep myself up is probably my biggest goal.


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

My favorite thing about Oregon State has to be the small, college town. I went from Houston, which is about the fourth biggest city in the nation, to a small college town, which has been really good.


What has been the biggest difference for you from high school to college softball?

College softball is way more intense, and you have to give more to it. We have workouts in the morning that you have to give everything to and practices. It’s a whole lot different than high school. High school is kind of mellow, but college is serious.


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

When I came on my visit, the girls welcomed me with open arms and the small college town is what did it for me. I wanted something totally different from what I was used to. I was looking at Penn State, Nebraska, Idaho, LSU and Memphis to name some of the schools.


What’s the hardest thing about college so far?

Time management is the key thing. You go from workouts to class to practice and then you have study hall. You just have to make sure you get everything you need to done and in time.


What do you miss most about high school?

I just miss my friends and the memories that help you grow to who you are now. Everyone was really close in high school.


What are you looking forward to most this season?

I’m looking forward to Pac-10 softball. Just seeing how high the level of competition can be and just the pace of everything is exciting.


10 Fun Facts About Nikki Chandler

·         My favorite thing about playing softball is that rush that flows through your body when a big play or at bat is coming up.

·         The one song I can’t get out of my head is “Put On” by Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West.

·         My favorite meal is a hamburger and fries.

·         My favorite team as a kid was the Houston Astros.

·         My superstition is I can’t step on the chalk lines during the game.

·         The one thing I want to do more than anything else is sky dive.

·         The website I visit the most is Facebook.

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

·         My greatest love is my family and friends.

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


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Since 2000 over $115 million in facility and program enhancements have been completed for Beaver sports with another $40 million currently planned.


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