Everyday Champion - Dani Chisholm
March 30, 2010
Senior Dani Chisholm has played in nearly every game since she stepped onto the field at Oregon State as a freshman in 2007. She currently has 17 runs and 11 RBI is batting .342 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs – pretty interesting since she spend most of her career as a slapper in the batter’s box.
Chisholm tied the school record for 10th most doubles in a single season with 12 last season and is speedy around the bases, currently tied for fifth all-time for career stolen bases with 31. And she holds a handful of other individual single game batting records.
In the classroom, Chisholm is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention selection and continues to help the team maintain its goal of a 3.0 GPA or higher every term, by herself earning at least that since she’s been at Oregon State.
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Q: How do you balance being a student and an athlete?
A: I balance being a student-athlete by managing my time and getting things done when I have time to do them. Freshmen year is the hardest for all students because mom and dad aren’t there to tell you to do your homework, but being a student-athlete, I was able to be a part of the Bridge program, which was very helpful in teaching me skills on how to be a successful student-athlete when it came to time management.
Q: Why did you choose to come to Oregon State?
A: I chose to come to Oregon State because of the softball program, as well as the athletic community – it’s like a home away from home. It’s very family oriented, and that’s one of the main reasons, besides the beautiful campus, why I chose to come to Oregon State.
Q: Did you always plan on attending Oregon State?
A: Since I am from Oregon, Oregon State was one of my top choices. I wanted to stay close to family if I had the opportunity.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Oregon State?
A: My favorite thing about Oregon State is how close the athletic community is. We are our own family, and I just love all the wonderful people I’ve met in my four years here at Oregon State.
Q: What’s your most memorable softball moment?
A: My most memorable softball moment was going to postseason my freshman year.
Q: In all the years you’ve played softball, what’s was your most embarrassing moment?
A: My most embarrassing moment was last year or my sophomore year at Arizona. The game was televised on ESPN, and I had tripped when I was in the batter’s box and fell flat on my face. And they replayed it three times to see what I had tripped over, but it was my own fault. I didn’t trip over anything.
Q: What’s the best part of playing for Coach Walker?
A: The best part of playing for Coach Walker is that he’s very knowledgeable when it comes to softball. He was part of six national titles at UCLA before becoming a head coach at Oregon State. He knows what it takes to be a champion, and he instills that passion and desire in us every day.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about softball?
A: My favorite thing about softball my teammates! They are wonderful people and will be my friends for life. Also having the opportunity to play the sport I love in the Pac-10, the premier conference.
Q: What do you plan on doing with your degree in Psychology?
A: I plan on applying for graduate school next fall, possibly for sports psychology – it seems fitting. But I am also very interested in other fields of psychology like abnormal or social psychology, marriage and family counseling is also an option. I haven’t made a decision yet.
Q: Who have been some of the most influential people to you at Oregon State?
A: One of the most influential people at Oregon State has been Dr. Tucker Readdy. He has proven to be a great professor, awesome mentor and a great friend to me.
Q: What does a scholarship through the Beaver Athletic Student Fund (BASF) mean to you?
A: Having the privilege of receiving a scholarship through the BASF means a lot to me. It means that someone believes in me enough as a student and as an athlete to give me an opportunity at a free education. Their belief in me gives me motivation to succeed everyday in the classroom and on the field.
Q: You’ve played a few different positions. What would you say your favorite is?
A: I played first base my entire softball career until I got to college. That’s when they switched me to outfield. I love both positions very much, but outfield is definitely my favorite.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
A: For fun, I like to watch baseball games, hang out with friends and family. I also enjoy any outdoor activities.
Q: Do you have a special routine that you do before stepping into the batter’s box?
A: Yes, I do have a routine. The first and most important thing I do is I like to even out the dirt in the box with my cleats. It’s kind of like a Zen Garden. It’s relaxing, and it helps me clear my mind and focus on the task at hand.
Q: You’ve doubled your home run number in just one weekend this season. Do you prefer being a slapper or power hitter?
A: I love both. It’s very powerful to be able to slap and bunt and also hit for power. It makes the opposing team’s defense unsure of where to play me, leaving me with a huge advantage over them.
Q: Who do you credit your success in the classroom to?
A: I credit my success in the classroom to my coaches. They instill a work ethic in us on the field, and I take that over to the classroom.
Q: What is your favorite moment in your four years here?
A: My favorite memory would probably be the baseball team winning the national title.
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