2010 Softball Season Preview: Catchers
Feb. 1, 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 catchers. Check osubeavers.com in coming days for a further look into the 2010 season.
“We’ve got a few catchers this season,” head coach Kirk Walker said. “Audrey Roderfeld is doing a great job. She’s the leader from behind the plate and looks to be our starting catcher based on the number of games she’s played there and her comfort level with all of the pitchers. Tarah Black, going into her senior year, has really found a much more positive consistency, not only defensively but also offensively. And Allison Kutz, a freshman, is just overflowing with talent and can swing the bat very well. So between the three of them, they’ll probably see the bulk of the catching time.”
Junior Audrey Roderfeld (Vista, Calif.) returns this season after splitting time last season with graduated Stefanie Ewing (Scottsdale, Ariz.). Roderfeld started all 55 games last season, either at designated player or catcher. Defensively, she posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 56 putouts and 10 assists, helping turn a pair of the school record 32 double plays. Behind the plate she recorded the best stolen base attempt percentage, catching five stealing. Offensively, she led the team in hits with 47, 13 of those home runs, and with 37 RBI. She was walked a team-high 19 times, once intentionally, and scored 22 runs behind a .313 batting average. Her play on both sides of the ball earned her All-Pac-10 Second Team honors.
Senior Tarah Black (Portland, Ore.) didn’t see much time behind the plate last season, but played in a slew of other positions ranging from first base to the outfield. She played in 41 games, starting 28. Black recorded the third best batting average on the team, hitting .301 with 11 RBI on 25 hits. In the field, she had a .974 fielding percentage with 36 putouts and two assists, helping turn three double plays.
Joining the two veterans is freshman Allison Kutz (Mt. Vernon, Wash.), who could see time behind the plate in her rookie season. Kutz could split time between catcher and first base with Walker saying she will see a lot of playing time in some type of capacity. She comes to Oregon State after lettering for four years at catcher at Mt. Vernon High School, earning three All-Northwest League First Team honors.
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