Nov. 15, 2006
After helping the Hoosiers to one of its best seasons in recent history, junior Kari Bettenbrock sat down with IUHOOSIERS.com to answer 10 questions about herself, IU softball and the upcoming 2007 campaign.
Bettenbrock started nine games for the Hoosiers last season as a designated player, while also seeing some time at third base. For the season, the Cory, Ind., native registered 12 hits, including one home run in IU's opening series against then No. 11-ranked Oklahoma.
What are you most looking forward to in this upcoming season:
"I am looking forward to surpass what the team accomplished last year. As for personal goals, I want to do the best I can in the situations I am dealt, while always giving it my all."
What are some of the team's goals for next season:
"As a team, we want to win 40 or more games, with at least 12 wins against our Big Ten counterparts. We want to be a powerhouse in the region and finish in the top half of all six of our tournaments, while winning at least three of them. But more importantly, we want to `defend our field."
Which professional team do you follow the most:
"The New England Riptide
Teammate or coach I admire the most:
"Tory [Yamaguchi] because she has had to overcome adversity to be able to continue to play softball."
"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are." I like this quote because I believe having good character is an important attribute."
Most memorable moment while at Indiana:
"The IU-Duke basketball game was great. It really illustrated the great Indiana atmosphere."
What is your major?
"My major is exercise science, and I want to be a physical therapist."
"Before the game, I just try to get focused and visualize what I can do during the game."
What makes Indiana softball program so special:
"I think what makes Indiana special is how we try and build on the successes. Last year, we finished better than any other IU softball team in the past ten years and this year, we know that we can do even better."
Best part about being a student-athlete:
"It's a privilege to say you are part of the Indiana family and having the chance to play in a conference like the Big Ten."