Between The Lines - Carlson
More On Rachel Carlson
Freshman Rachel Carlson has played in 30 games this season for the Hoosiers with 17 starts. In 27 of those games and 14 starts, Carlson played left field for IU, while learning what the collegiate game was all about. She was the opening day starter in left field against Cal State Northridge at the Alexis Resort Classic on Feb. 4. In that tournament verses host school UNLV, the Beecher, Ill., native slapped her first collegiate hit. Against Grambling State at the Tiger Classic on on February 19, she was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base, as the Cream and Crimson downed the Tigers 8-0. Recently, Carlson made her first collegiate start at shortstop and has now started three straight games there. Here is more on a freshman with a lot of potential.
On starting her high school career as a pitcher, but moving out of the circle due to an injury?
"I pitched in grade school through my freshman year and I still hold the record by pitching 17 scoreless innings in the state tournament. I was a riseball pitcher and that was primarily all I threw, but my technique of throwing took its toll on my body and I suffered a back fracture. I don't really miss it anymore. It has been awhile since I last pitched. I think around my junior year when I really took off with my lefty hitting that I realized I didn't miss pitching anymore. But definitely around my sophomore year, I still wanted to do it."
On the difference of playing the outfield where you are not involved in every play like the pitcher?
"Even in the outfield. You are there seeing every pitch and you should be in the game. You still have to recognize everything and if you are just sitting out there and waiting for the ball to come to you, it is going to be hard to make a play. Outfielders are more in the game than people think."
Biggest difference between playing high school and summer club softball and the college game?
On being a role player after being primarily a starter in high school?
On playing all these ranked non-conference teams and the Big Ten?
Between The Lines is a feature that will give you an inside look at the student-athletes that make-up the Indiana University Softball Team. Between The Lines will be posted at least twice a week, while selected features will be inserted into game programs at IU weekend home softball games.
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