2010 Season Preview: Outfielders

Feb. 5, 2010

Season Preview Part I: Pitchers and Catchers

Season Preview Part II: Infielders

The 2010 UCLA softball three-part season preview concludes on Friday with a look at the Bruin outfield.

Two returners and a newcomer will start the season in the UCLA outfield, with junior Katie Schroeder patrolling center field, sophomore Andrea Harrison in left and freshman B.B. Bates in right.

Schroeder was a first-team All-American and All-Pac-10 honoree after leading the Bruins in average (.402), home runs (14), runs (55), slugging (.684), on base percentage (.516), walks (33) and stolen bases (19). She ranked in the Top 35 in the nation in runs per game (20th), on base percentage (23rd) and home runs (35th). Schroeder posted four hitting streaks of at least seven games in 2009.

'Katie brings great leadership in the outfield,' fourth-year head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez said. 'She has great range and a strong arm. Offensively, we will look for her to set the tone in each game as our leadoff hitter.'

Harrison had an impressive freshman campaign and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman and All-Pac-10 honorable mention squads. She started all 56 games and hit .303 with eight home runs and 34 runs batted in, which was fourth on the team.

'Andrea has a great competitive edge. She is solid in the outfield and will provide great confidence and power at the plate.'

Bates was a four-time Desert Sky League and All-Area first-team honoree at Victor Valley High School in Victorville, Calif. She hit .758 as a senior with seven home runs, 36 runs batted in and nine stolen bases.

'B.B. brings explosive speed and power to our lineup,' Inouye-Perez said. 'She has great speed and range in the outfield.'

Numerous players may also see time in the outfield, including junior Amy Crawford and freshman Devon Lindvall. Crawford made 26 starts in right field last year, appearing in 46 games. She had four hits and scored nine times. Lindvall was a four-year letterwinner and two-time All-Foothill League honoree at Hart High School in Valencia, Calif.

'Amy's versatility and athletic ability will be a great strength for us in both the outfield and infield. She had a solid fall and is swinging the bat well,' Inouye-Perez said. 'Devon is a true outfielder. She has a great arm and can make nice reads when the ball comes off the bat.'

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