Jan. 28, 2013
SEATTLE - The 2013 softball season is one week away and GoHuskies.com will take a look at all positions on the Husky softball team leading up to the opener Feb. 7 vs. St. Mary's in Honolulu, Hawai'i at 1 p.m. PT.
In this first preview we take a look at the outfield positions which feature three juniors and one senior vying for starting positions.
2013 Husky Outfielders (Alphabetical)
Marki Creger-Zier, Jr., Steilacoom, Wash.
Jerrin Fa'asua, Sr., Oceanside, Calif.
Victoria Hayward, Jr., Mountain View, Calif.
Whitney Jones, Jr., Upland, Calif.
Makenzie Pletcher, Fr., Puyallup, Wash.
One of just three seniors on the team, Jerrin Fa'asua has been plagued by injuries in her career but has provided the Huskies with huge performances at several positions. She was second on the team in batting average in 2012. This year, she looks be a key contributor defensively.
"Jerrin started in CF in the postseason last year," said head coach Heather Tarr. "She does things that you can't teach an outfielder to do as far as how she moves athletically. She can catch and throw a ball quicker than any outfielder I've ever seen play this game."
Junior Victoria Hayward returns to the outfield and although she spent some time at first base her first two seasons will solely play on the grass this year. She was second on the team in stolen bases last year and top on the team in runs scored.
"Victoria earned our Offensive Player of the Year award in 2012," said Tarr. "She has a great left handed swing and I expect her to be able to a triple threat for us. She spent the majority of preseason in right field and has continued to make key improvements both offensively and defensively."
Whitney Jones played supportive roles her first two years in purple and gold but looks for a starting spot in left or right field this year. A pitcher in the previous seasons this year she has focused primarily on improving offensively and in the outfield.
"Whitney has speed as an offensive player," Tarr said. "She understands the game at a high level and is ready to put it to use. She will have a lot of opportunities to prove herself. The first two years were big time learning years for her, pitching and playing all over the outfield. Putting her in one position has helped her improve her game."
Junior Marki Creger-Zier has spent the majority of her Husky career coming off the bench. This year she will compete for time in the outfield on a consistent basis. Another speedy defender, she played in 41 games last season and started 11.
"She is one of our best defensive outfielders as far as range and the ground she can cover," Tarr said about Creger-Zier. "She has so much to offer the team beyond the skills of a softball player. She is an emotional leader on our team and depending on how she develops offensively she could see time a lot as a big impact pinch runner or a late defensive replacement in the outfield or could earn the starting CF position."
Freshmen Makenzie Pletcher will redshirt the season. She was added to the team outfield in walk-on tryouts the first day of school. She is the first walk-on to make the team since Dru Hester made the team in 2007.
Check back on Friday for the preview of the infielders.