May 7, 1999

Columbus, OhioThe Ohio State softball team closes out its 1999 season this weekend at Minnesota. Katie Wessendorf and Jenn Elwell talk about the season and their plans for the upcoming next year.

%^$Q: How would you rate your season?

%^$Katie Wessendorf: I didn’t hit as well as I should of or would have liked to. I wanted a lot more RBI’s and more clutch hitting.

%^$Q: But you hit over .300.

%^$KW: To a certain point, I was happy with my performance. But I know I could have done more with the opportunities I had at the plate.

%^$Q: What was the highlight of your season?

%^$KW: Going to Hawaii was something I will never forget. It’s somewhere I’ve never been before and may never have the chance to go again.

%^$Q: What was the best part of the Hawaii trip?

%^$KW: Almost drowning out at north shore. Everyone who went out there got on the same wave and nearly drowned. It’s funny when you look back on it now.

%^$Q: What are some of your goals for next year?

%^$KW: I really need to improve my skills as a first baseman. I would definitely like to play in the field more. Playing first base will help me feel more like a key member of the team.

%^$Q: What are your plans for this summer?

%^$KW: I’ll go home and work. This will be my sixth year of caddying at Inverness Country Club. I also plan on going to New Mexico to backpack in the mountains. It will be my third time out there. It’s really a great experience. We go to the northeast corner of the state on a mapped out plan. It’s fun I can get away. I guess you’d say its my vacation. Softball-wise, I hope to hook up with a summer team.

%^$Q: When the season started out, you were the team manager. Because of injuries to three of the four pitchers, the coaches gave you the opportunity to be a part of the team. What went through your mind?

%^$Jenn Elwell: I was both nervous and excited when they told me. I was excited to get a chance to play at the college level. But the nerves showed.

%^$Q: What do you think is your role on this team?

%^$JW: Help out whenever and however I can. When Toni can’t throw a game, then it’s my job to fill in. As a pitcher, its my job to get the ball over the plate and let the defense do the rest.

%^$Q: What has been the highlight for you this season?

%^$JW: When I did well against Dayton. I was hitting my spots and getting ahead of the batters.

%^$Q: What will help you to become a better pitcher?

%^$JW: I need to have more confidence in myself. I need to just go out and do it – show what I can do best. I want to get a lot stronger and get my speed up. Get my pitches working more consistently.

%^$Q: What have you liked best about being a part of this team?

%^$JW: The closeness of the group. This team is filled with good friends and nice people. They all supported me and let me be a part of the team.

%^$Q: What are your plans for this summer?

%^$JW: I’m going to be working for the City of Wayne (Mich.) as a park leader. I’ll work 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and play with the kids. It’s a lot of fun. And I plan on playing on a summer team.